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[Korean Textbook] Once Upon A time in Korea

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Why I love it

  • Learn about traditional folktales while learning Korean at the same time
  • Aesthetically pleasing with big fonts
  • Each difficult word/phrase is annotated and explained in the glossary list behind each story

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This book is a welcome addition to the growing number of Korean textbooks in the market. According to the author, this book is for students who have completed at least 1 year of an intensive Korean course or equivalent. It does not explain grammar points in details and hence should be used only as a supplementary resource.

The stories are rewritten in simpler sentences, but still engaging and challenging enough for the beginners. For those who have a stronger grasp of the language, it can still serve as an interesting read and pick up some extra vocabulary. ^^

The author has kindly made available the first 16 pages in pdf format and it includes the first story. Check it out HERE.

Visit the author’s site for her other books.

Don’t forget to leave a comment too! (:

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    3 January, 2010 at 10:53 AM

    i have this book too! 🙂

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      3 January, 2010 at 2:06 PM

      I like the layout! (: It makes me feel like a kid again 😀

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    3 January, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    Hi! I want to start studying Korean soon. I also love kdramas 🙂 I look forward to the rest of the textbook reviews!

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      3 January, 2010 at 2:05 PM

      Hi Sasha!

      Just visited your blog(: Shunik is so cute~ ^^
      Hope you will have a fun time learning korean too! There are some online resources at the ‘Korean resources’ page if you need any!

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    13 January, 2010 at 11:05 AM

    Thanks for the info on the PDF…

    I actually learn Korean language for 5 years now, well…I learn it by myself without any teacher. But It’s fun…except if I learn it from someone as a teacher probably I can cut teh 5 years into 2…haha! Nice to know you ^ ^


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      13 January, 2010 at 11:08 AM

      and I’m eager to learn Korean history…

      you can visit my blog too http://countingwayward.wordpress.com

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      14 January, 2010 at 5:07 PM

      wow! 5 years! that’s really long~ what made you decide to learn korean? ^^
      I wish i have a teacher too.
      Will definitely visit your blog (:

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    23 January, 2010 at 10:04 PM


    이 책은 어떻게 샀어요? 좀 비싼 것 같은테요..

    Hello, I’m also from Singapore and have been self-studying the Korean language for about 1/2 year. Came across this book some time ago but was somehow hesitant to purchase it. Did you get this online? Also, please let me know if it’s worth S$50. bleahs.

    Thanks!! Feel free to email me about it. =))

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      28 January, 2010 at 9:57 AM

      ㅋㅋ 안녕하세요~!
      i didn’t purchase this XD hahaha i don’t think it’s worth the money though >< not that kind of book where you will keep refering to.

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    24 January, 2010 at 12:26 AM

    can u email me where u bought this book

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      24 January, 2010 at 9:47 AM

      haha i didn’t buy this. (: borrowed this from my school lib.

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    28 January, 2010 at 12:10 AM

    Haha.. I was about to ask you where you got it and then I saw sadstory’s question… Wonder if we can get it from Kino….

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      28 January, 2010 at 8:26 AM

      hmm i think they may be able to help you order. not that sure though >< but personally i don't think it's that worth it to purchase it. ^^

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    1 February, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    I picked this book up from 교보문고 last month and although I have yet to delve into it, it certainly seems to be the perfect balance of culture, new content, self-checking, grammar introduction and self-studying. As soon as I get into, I’ll review it, too.

    And for the price, here in Korea for less than 30 USD. Did you know that there’s a workbook, too?

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      1 February, 2010 at 8:49 PM

      ooh there’s a workbook? I didn’t know about that! They don’t really provide detailed grammar explanations but the little notes are still good enough (:
      hope to see your review soon~! ^^

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    Andini Rizky
    13 May, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Thank you, Shanna. I was looking for new material to learn from. “Once Upon a Time in Korea”…This book looks so interesting. I will ask about it at my local Korean store.

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    11 July, 2012 at 3:35 AM

    I am learning Korean please help me How can i buy this book?

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