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[Review] Korean Made Simple 2



Check out the review of Book 1 HERE.

For Korean Learners, by a Korean Learner!

Have to applaud Billy for his dedication to create a sequel to his beginners Korean textbook. I can’t imagine the amount of work and effort and time that went into it.

A good textbook always need clear objectives and I really like how the objectives are clearly put across in the preface.

[left]Book 1

  • Build foundation
  • Focus on themes and day-to-day situations
  • Introductory knowledge[/left]

Book 2

  • Increase communication skills
  • Focus on grammatical concepts
  • Build on previous book and knowledge[/right]

Moving on from the basics, this book focuses a lot more on grammatical rules and new vocabulary. However, everything is introduced slowly and with a lot of explanations, so no worry that you will feel lost.


Each chapter starts off with a simple dialogue, moving on to introduced a few grammar points, followed by practice questions and a glossary of new vocabulary and phrases. Advanced and culture notes also peppered each chapter.


I really like the explanations but one gripe I have with book 2 (and also book 1) is that the exercises are all translation questions (translate English to Korean, translate Korean to English). Would appreciate fill-in-the-blank questions or some other question types. Translation-type questions in textbooks have never appeal much to me (personally).

Similar to Book 1, the one word I would use to describe the book is detailed, and to be honest, it can get a little overwhelming at times if you are just casually flipping through it. Korean Made Simple is the kind of book that you need to slowly savor, one step at a time. It’s like having a teacher beside you to guide you at every step. I really like it when Billy mentioned that he will “be here for you if you need me“. It’s true. He’s here for you!

If you are afraid to try self-studying because of the lack of guidance in most textbooks, I recommend you to try out this series ^^ Perhaps self-studying will seem less intimidating after (:

What I like:

  • detailed explanations
  • step-by-step guide
  • appropriate pace
  • interesting advanced and culture notes

To be improved:

  • A separate glossary for grammatical rules
  • Vary the type of practice questions
  • Longer dialogues with progress
  • Include short reading passages in Korean

As I was reading through the book, I realised that even though I really like it when an author is being very detailed (and handholds you along the way), I appreciate some form of challenge and jump in difficulty. This is why I appreciate textbooks that progressively make the behind chapters challenging. It’s just the thrill of knowing that “hey I’m progressing!! omg now the passages are longer!!”. Can’t really put that feeling into words. /badwithwords

Just my thoughts!

Highly recommended for new Korean learners! ^^


I love how you have the choice of getting a physical or e-copy. 😀

Thanks Billy for sending me a copy! ❤

ISBN: 9781502722218

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  • Reply
    20 January, 2015 at 2:41 PM

    I helped kickstart these books and they are really worth it! I agree that it makes self-studying feel less intimidating. I hope Billy continues this series ^_^

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    20 January, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    Thanks for the review. It’s very informative.

  • Reply
    22 January, 2015 at 11:40 PM

    Thank you for the review. This book seems very interesting. I am impressed with the cultural notes.

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