This is one book that I’ve always been recommending to others without actually owning it or using it before. However, I instantly like what I saw when I flipped through the book in bookstores and this was the reason why I chose this particular book for the giveaway.
I have decided on the winners for the giveaway (on facebook page) and one lucky person will be receiving this!
As usual, for a summary of the review, scroll down to the end of the post! ^^
The first thing I noticed about the book is it’s neat structure and ease of use. Unlike other grammar dictionaries which is usually arranged in terms of 1. difficulty 2. alphabetical order, this book classifies them into grammar points with particles, adverbials, verbs, nouns etc.
Usually, books tend to take the grammar construction as a whole without explaining in details the subparts. However, this book does it differently. I just learnt that the 양 in ~(으)ㄹ 양(으로) means expectation, plan, intention. I didn’t even know this particular grammar point… (time for 한국어 공부!!!)
Each grammar point consists of a short explanation plus 5 – 6 examples. Love it that there are ample example sentences to familiarize the reader with the particular grammar point.
This books dedicates an entire chapter on quoted speech which I find it exceedingly useful. Quoted speech grammar points are some of the common ‘difficult’ points for learners and due to a wide variety of ways quoted speech can be expressed, it is good that there is now a summary that one can refer to!
Another personal favorite is the section on prefixes and suffixes. In Korean, there are some affixes that are moderately productive, that is, they can be added to a set of nouns.
For example, 풋 (green, ripe, inexperienced) can be added to 고추, 나물, 내기 to form 풋고추, 풋나물, 풋내기 – which means unripe pepper, seasoned veggies prepared from the first of the season and greenhorn respectively.
I know such particles exist, but I’m still new to most of them (including what I just typed!). So this book is really awesome.
One possible deterring factor may be that the book is slightly more technical in it’s explanations. It uses Linguistic terms like nominative, suffixes etc that may not be familiar to those who just started learning a language. However, these terms will become more familiar to you once you are exposed to them for a period of time.
Hence, don’t worry too much if you don’t understand what some of these meant!
All in all, I highly recommend this book! It’s suitable for the advanced beginner to the advanced learners. In fact, I like it so much that I’m unwilling to part with it D:
- Glossary for ease of searching
- Ample examples
- Good explanations
- Very structured and detailed
Notes / not so good points:
- technical in nature – awesome for Linguistic students but terms may be difficult for average person