This is an excellent book for those who are wishing to study the Korean language. It is clearly set out, never letting you feel as if you have been pushed in at the deep end as so many language books do. Compared with several other guides to Korean which concentrate purely on the spoken word and rely heavily on phonetic transcription, Elementary Korean introduces the the Korean writing system (Hangul) from the start. [Be warned however - there are in excess of 1500 characters of Chinese origin (Hanji) that are regularly used in written Korean that this book does not cover so you will need to invest in other material if you intend to pursue the study of Korean beyond the elementary level.] There is a useful CD that accompanies the book included in the back cover which is of the same high standard as the rest of the book. If you are considering the study of Korean for any purpose be it educational/business/pleasure then I would hghly reccomend the purchase of this useful book.