- This is a very pretty and well designed book
- o.O Must have been written by a linguist (I was right)
- Lee Junki!!!
You guys always tell me that I don’t cater much to the very beginners, so I decided to be a good blogger and borrowed this book!
이준기와 한께하는 안녕하세요 한국어 1
Perhaps this book is most famous for having all its audio files recorded by the awesome Lee Junki, but that’s not the only good point of the book. The usual rules apply. If you are lazy to read through my review, scroll down for a summary! Let’s go~!
The influence and mindset of a linguist is so obvious in the book. ><;; Here’s why!
(1) There is a vowel chart that show you where the basic vowels ‘are located’ in the mouth cavity: with ㅣ being a high front vowel and ㅡ being a back vowel and so on. SO LINGUISTICKY.
Okay this is the more sophisticated one ㅋㅋㅋㅋ
(2) They actually have photos on the mouth shape when producing each vowel. The book loves to use words like ‘vocalise’ and in the explanations of the sound changes rules, they use phrases like ‘nasalization of an obstruent’. Obviously I know what they are talking about (do i really??!!), but it may be slightly off-putting for the non-initiated , the non-linguistic student and the new language learner.
It’s not a bad thing though. Take it as gaining extra knowledge while learning a new language? ^^
However, the phrasing tends to be too technical in the front part and that might put people off the language. Korean is not that hard. Trust me. Trust your ears. And not care that much about the exact instructions such as ‘make the gap between your lips half an inch and vocalize’ ^^;;;
(3) The true mark of a linguist. Instead of using the romanisation system that most of us will be more familiar and comfortable with, they opted for the IPA alphabet. o.O For those who have never learn a language before, phonetics sucks. I myself suck at it real bad.
살아요 is pronounced as 사라요 and is romanized (or in this case TRANSCRIBED) as sarajo. LIKE OMG. People who don’t know any better will probably be like reading it as if it’s English. ^^;;
IPA is super accurate, but if you are looking at your target audience, maybe not such a wise choice.
ㅎㅎㅎ See, this is how linguists design textbooks.
But I do love that they introduce the long sound in Korean right from the start. For example, 오리 is [o:ri], with the 오: sound being longer. But they should have explained what : means. Not everyone will know!! This page is not that bad, none of that horrifying IPA. Aren’t the pictures cute??
sidetrack, but I only know about the long vowel like.. 2 years into learning Korean. FAIL.
If you managed to be not freaked out by the introduction of the alphabet, pronunciation rules part and go on to the main textbook area, the book is actually pretty conducive for self studying!
Structured in the way any decent language textbook should be, it introduces cultural tidbits and insert them in appropriate areas, making learning easy and fun.
Grammar points are explained in an easy to understand manner.
The best of the book has to be that it looks so pretty. Hey, pretty textbooks are a motivation to study harder!
This book is very suitable for self learners 😀 Exercises are fun and relevant to do and there are ANSWERS and English translations of listening passages. Heh, there, I answered your question.
I love that they have a section on particles (조사) right at the back, to summarize everything neatly and it is easy for learners to refer to. Particles are probably one of the hardest part of Korean and this section makes things a lot easier for the self learner!
I don’t think that you will get bored of the book~!
Complement it with TalktomeinKorean lessons and I think that you will progress well!
- well designed, good paper quality
- absolutely pretty pictures and engaging
- well explained grammar points and relevant exercises
- recommended for self learners
- super comprehensive and learner-oriented
- Lee Junki’s voice 😀
- less linguistic terminology and more layman terms should be used
- get rid of the IPA, or complement it with the normal romanization system
- personally not a fan of the font (being picky)