Looking for a comprehensive advanced Korean grammar book to study for TOPIK II?
Buy this. Now.
I guess I can end the blog post here, since that’s really my main point.
But that won’t count as a review right? ^^
This is one of those books where I’ll be like “sigh I wished I had this when I was studying for TOPIK”.
I love studying Korean grammar but somehow the bunch of grammar points grouped under ‘advanced grammar’ seemed to evade me. I still remember being really frustrated by all that ~랴마는 / 련마는 / 다마는 / ㄹ까마는 stuff (actually I also cannot differentiate them now…). It was even worse because I had to learn those points by looking at the TOPIK past year questions and then finding the relevant entry in my grammar dictionary.
It was just painful and I really wanted something like this book to help me. :/
Till today, I don’t know how I passed by TOPIK 6, by winging it I guess lol.
What this book do is really compile all the advanced grammar points into one neat book, with very very clear and concise explanations.
Each point consists of:
- similar grammar points
- examples (if there are 2 sets of meanings, then there will be 2 sets of examples)
- mini conjugation exercise (very relevant and helpful!)
- space for you to write memos (so considerate!!)
- extra explanation (if needed)
- answers to exercise
I love how the answers are on the same page, no need to flip back and forth!
The explanations are just right in terms of details and it’s very easy to work through as a revision tool!
There are regular sections with TOPIK questions (from past year papers) for you to practice and review too!
What’s more is that they actually provide PROPER EXPLANATIONS to each question at the back (in Korean). Really awesome!
I love how there are also extra bits of info here and there. There is a section on 부사 regularly tested in TOPIK II (more difficult ones like 기껏, 섣불리, 으레), 4 character idioms, onomatopoeia words etc 😀
See, worth buying right?
I’m super happy with the book and I’m working through it right now ^^
What I love:
- Extremely useful book for preparation for TOPIK II
- Comprehensive and easy to work through
- Extremely relevant content
What can be improved:
To buy the book, head over to TwoChois! Thank you for sending me the book! ^^
I guess the question here would be – which one to buy?
Firstly, it’s hard for me to make a direct comparison since my 빈도별 book is intermediate and 토픽 필수 문법 is advanced. However, I think 빈도별 is slightly more detailed but I really like 토픽 필수 as a comprehensive, revision-type of book. Fast to go through, easy to understand and absorb. I guess if you are learning advanced grammar for the first time, go for 빈도별 (assuming the advanced book is as good as the intermediate one), if you just need a book for review, 토픽 필수 is great.
(actually both are awesome)
The 외국인 위한 book is structured in a different way (grammar points are grouped according to meaning / function), so it’s not really directly comparable to the other 2. But highly recommended too. It allows you to review the points and see the bigger picture and understand the slight differences between similar grammar points.
erm, I guess I’m not helping you make a decision right? ;;
I hope you like the review (the last one in 2014)! Please leave a comment 😛