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[Review] Korean Proverbs Book 속담이 백 개라도 꿰어야 국어왕

I’m always excited about proverbs/idioms related books because I feel that they are such a good way to learn more about the language and the culture of its people. It’s interesting to compare proverbs/idioms among languages and look at the the similarities and differences – e.g. how proverbs with similar meanings may be presented differently in each language.

There are some proverbs books that are targeted at foreign learners, and those proverb more explanations / English translations / glossary etc. This book is targeted at Korean kids and hence it’s essentially a collection of stories on proverbs.

I would recommend this to intermediate learners and above who are looking for reading materials. It’s fun to read stories and learn about proverbs at the same time.

Honestly, when I was learning Korean, I read a lot more “adult” materials (e.g. news) compared to kids’ stories. In some ways, my vocabulary range for words appearing in kids stories may not be that great. I’m also horrible at onomatopoeia words and adverbs such as 살금살금 (walk stealthily).

Personally I do not think that kids stories are necessarily easier than so-called adult materials, when it comes to foreign language learners. This is because typically, we would start off learning the language using the “adult” materials and we are more attuned to the way of writing / vocabulary. In fact, kids stories can be rather difficult, especially fables / folktales.

E.g. 누구슈?

The meaning is 누구세요 (who are you), but if you see it for the first time, you might be stumped as most (if not all) Korean textbooks do not cover this. Honestly I also don’t know how I learn it, you will just naturally get it as you read more books 🙂 Actually I’m also not sure if it’s considered a dialect and/or used more commonly during the olden days etc. If someone can shed light on this, would definitely be helpful! I should go and google later on.

The book is completely in Korean and I love it 🙂 The stories are interesting and I would recommend Korean learners to consider this if you are also in love with learning about proverbs. ♡

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