This is the book I wished I had when I first started learning Korean.
Beginner Korean books are everywhere, but how many real beginner books have you seen? Most books assume prior knowledge of the Hangeul alphabet and either skip it entirely or simply introduce it within a few pages.
Most self learners would have to rely on online sites such as Sogang Korean to learn the very basics before starting on the books.
So I was doubly excited to find an entire book introducing Hangeul!
I’m not the only one excited. When the books first arrived courtesy of TwoChois (thank you as always!!), my mum kept flipping through this book. She usually doesn’t care about my books but she has been pestering me to give her this one ㅋㅋㅋㅋ
I think she might be a better person to review this book since she is learning Hangeul (since forever, if I may add ;;;).
What I absolutely love about this book is that you are not just learning the characters in a dry and boring way, but you are actually picking up vocabulary as you familiarise yourself with the sounds and strokes of the characters. The book is in 3 languages (English, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese) and is peppered with visual aids to help in your learning!
Perfect for people who are visual learners.
The structure of the book makes practice really easy and practice is the only way you can learn Hangeul. I love how they teach you exactly how to write each stroke!
As you progress, you learn more words and even simple grammar.
Step by step gradual progress and you would not feel as if you are suddenly at the deep end of the pool. ^^
I love how it reminds me of the 习字 exercises I used to do as a kid! With the dotted lines and boxes to guide your writing 😛
What I like:
- Step by step guide to Hangeul
- Loads of visual aids
- Fun exercises
- Vocabulary taught at the same time
- Encourages writing and practice
You can actually download the mp3 files from www.pjbook.com for free! I don’t know if it’s because I’m using mac but the site doesn’t really load properly for me o.O Do window users have this problem?
All in all, this is a perfect gift for anyone who wants to learn Korean from scratch! Great for all ages 😀
Now I hope my mum can finally understand the Hangeul system on her own! Will let you guys know again if she accomplished this! 😛
With my stationery on hand, I’m ready to take on the language! (: