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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent stepping stone, 1 Oct 2012
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This is not a textbook in the traditional sense of the word. If I were to propose a title for this book it would be "A Guided Tour of the Korean Language". It shows a very large part of the language in varying detail. For example it introduces, with examples, four levels of politeness in the verb (out of six or seven) and then for the rest of the book concentrates on one, honorific 1, the same level used in "annyeong haseyo". So you learn one level well, but at the same time know there is lots more, so you won't feel ambushed when you meet them later on in your studies. It briefly describes some 20 to 30 particles, but uses only a few; etc.

The book does not cut corners or dumb things down; for one thing it gives the reader a solid basis in hangeul, the Korean alphabet; for another it covers most of the irregualr verbs. In line with the book's "guided tour" nature there are no exercises. There is, however, a CD, with a lady with a lovely voice, who pronounces almost all the Korean text in the book. (Why "almost", why stop there?) It teaches the reader about 500 words, which is not enough for a meaningful conversation, but is a very good start.

I found it an excellent, easily accessible and certainly affordable pre-read for the Korean course I am going to start taking this autumn.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ... language - this book has given me a very useful grounding in the complexities of Korean grammar and the ..., 7 July 2014
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With family living in South Korea I am trying to learn the basics of the language - this book has given me a very useful grounding in the complexities of Korean grammar and the cultural tips are useful too!
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4.0 out of 5 stars I like it!, 25 Nov 2013
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It isn't exactly what I was looking for, but it is really good to begin... It worth the money! :P
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