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[Review] SNU Korean 5B Workbook

Again, another book that I wished I had maybe 3 years ago.


All I can say is that Korean learners these days have it a lot better – more and better resources which are increasingly easily available.

I have always been relying more on textbooks, not because I don’t like workbooks, but because many of the workbooks were expensive and a few contained irrelevant (to a self studier) open-ended exercises that keep asking for your opinions / group work and don’t give you answer key at the end -.-

But, I found a great workbook now, thanks to Twochois.

Besides the excellent please-buy-it-now textbooks that SNU is churning out, the workbooks are good both used together with the textbook and as a standalone.

Review of the 5B 서울대 한국어 Textbook

Once I flipped through the book, I knew that the book is what I had been looking for.


Great, relevant exercises meant not just to test your knowledge, but also your application skills.

  • Fill in the blanks
  • Matching exercises
  • Grammar conjugation
  • MCQ comprehension
  • Open-ended comprehension
  • Join-the-phrases to make a sentence
  • Continuing the dialogue

Yes, they have everything. The type of exercises that you would actually do, both in class or as a self-learner.


I love how there are both vocabulary and grammar-focused exercises, to make sure you get ample practice. The grammar points taught in the textbook are given extra focus, where you will have a section developed to questions on those grammar points.

Complementary with the textbook

Used together with the textbook, the workbook serves as a consolidation for the stuff taught in the textbook. If you are those who love additional practice, it would be a good buy! I love how the workbook doesn’t cover just the vocabulary and grammar taught in the textbook but goes beyond it too. (:

As a standalone

I don’t really get the mentality that you must always buy the set. As a standalone, the workbook is a lot of good practice too. Particularly if you are already beyond the level / using other books etc and simply want some additional consolidation material. Even advanced learners can gain something out of using this workbook.

What I like:

  • comprehensive exercises
  • easy to work through
  • answer keys (except for those long essay-like questions)
  • reinforces what you learn in the textbook

To be improved:

  • nil

Highly recommended! If you are interested in the book, head to TwoChois for the whole selection of SNU books.


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  • Reply
    3 February, 2015 at 2:52 PM

    Thank you for the detailed review. This workbook seems very interesting. I think I should buy this along with the textbook.

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    27 April, 2016 at 11:06 PM

    I would like to know that if I am only about level2 of SNU book, should I get the workbook or not?

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      27 April, 2016 at 11:46 PM

      hahaha it really depends on whether you want it or not. A workbook would be good to try out exercises and reinforce the concepts you learn but it’s not like a must either.

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    6 May, 2017 at 12:57 AM

    I have the 3rd level books but I actually don’t like them all that much. To much school lingo that I don’t need to know. along with grammar that is not well explained IMO.

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