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[Review] Korean Grammar in Use – Beginning

Over the years, I’ve heard so many good things about the Korean Grammar in Use series but didn’t have a chance to use the books. My friend lent her “beginning” book to me last year to review, and I’m ashamed that I sat on it until now. Cos it’s really good. And I’m quite tempted to get the advanced version.

If you are a beginner in Korean and is looking for a grammar-focused book to complement your main textbook, look no further. I wished the book was published when I started learning in 2008 ): It would have been a great resource to use.

Claiming to cover all grammar points in TOPIK level 1 and 2, the book groups the grammar points into clear themes (e.g. particles, negative expressions, expressions of hope) and it’s very easy to find the grammar point via the contents page. It acts as a mini grammar dictionary for beginners, as the explanations are easy to follow for those who are new to the language.

Clear Structure and Explanation

For each grammar point, the book starts off with several example sentences, followed by a clear and detailed explanation of the meaning and its usage. This is followed by short dialogues (2 liners) to illustrate the use of the grammar point, followed by fill-in-the-blank exercises designed to test your understanding (answers provided). For certain grammar points, there is an additional section on explaining the nuances of similar grammar points.

All example sentences and dialogues come with the English translation, making it easy for the beginner learner.

As a additional resource to complement a main textbook, this is great. Period.

Most definitely recommended.

What I like:

  • Clear structure, easy to follow
  • Ample sample sentences, explanations are clear and concise
  • Useful exercises with answer key
  • Section on explanation of nuance differences for similar grammar points

What can be improved: 

  • Nil 🙂

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    Xinrong Hor
    26 June, 2018 at 12:52 AM

    Nearly all the books published by Darakwon that I bought suit my learning needs and style very well. I have all three books in this series.

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      1 July, 2018 at 5:50 PM

      Yes I love the publisher in general 🙂

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    Grace Osas
    26 June, 2018 at 3:48 AM

    Though I’m currently don’t use textbooks, I like seeing these textbook reviews xD In the future, if I want to use a textbook I might check this one out 🙂

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      1 July, 2018 at 5:49 PM

      Thanks for reading 😀

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    27 June, 2018 at 11:15 PM

    Hello , from all book , what is your recommendation for self learners? Your answer will help me .

    • Reply
      1 July, 2018 at 5:49 PM

      Hello! There isn’t a one size fit all solution. It depends on your learning style and your level of proficiency.

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    29 June, 2018 at 10:09 AM

    I’ve never been interested in korean textbooks but I have gotten interested in learning about korean history and language recently.

    I was reading these 2 books on top of 아직도 한글전용을 고집해야 하는가?
    – 김병기 since the all hangeul thing came into effect in the 70s and I was curious to people’s thoughts on it. It’s a topic that really interests me especially as a person learning Korean after Japanese. by reading I inadvertently also learned about Korean history and history about the korean language. and now I feel like learning more about Korean history…

    「漢字廃止」で韓国に何が起きたか 新書 – 2008/9/19 呉 善花 (著) 
    韓国が漢字を復活できない理由(祥伝社新書282) 新書 – 2012/7/1 豊田 有恒 (著)

    so is this textbook worthless to you since you already know everything in it??? and you’re just writing this review for other learners??

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      1 July, 2018 at 5:47 PM

      Haha. How can a good textbook be worthless. There’s always something to learn, even if it’s not at my current level. I like to share good resources and this review is for myself and also anyone interested.

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        4 July, 2018 at 5:20 AM

        but don’t you already know everything in it??

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        Karla Jeon
        22 July, 2018 at 9:01 PM

        I’m not in a beginner level but I still a learn a thing or two from this book. Take care Shanna 🙂

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    25 July, 2018 at 10:14 PM

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    21 October, 2019 at 11:10 AM

    I’ve been using this book for a while and I quite like this book
    However, I want to do more exercies and I didn’t find any workbooks yet that match well with Darakwon’s curriculum.
    Do you have any recommendation for workbook?

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