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lvongsana7623
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Self-studying textbooks/workbooks

Postby lvongsana7623 » June 5th, 2010 4:14 pm

Hi all,

I'm trying to decide on which text/workbooks to purchase for self-studying. I'm thinking of one of the two:
- You Speak Korean!
- Elementary Korean

If any of you have these or have seen these, which one would you recommend? Or are there any other books that are better?

Thanks!

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Postby Gudrun » June 8th, 2010 3:53 am

I would definitely go for the You Speak Korean series by ParadigmBusters for self-study. I have their first 3 volumes (waiting for the forth) and I also have Ross King's Elementary Korean and Intermediate Korean books. The one caveat about the ParadigmBusters books: no CDs, but you can download mp3 files for many of their dialogues. I also think the Sogang series is very good--plenty of audio there, but not quite as amenable to self-study. Actually, both the ParadigmBusters series and the Sogang series would work well together, depending on your budget.
Good luck!

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Postby lvongsana7623 » June 8th, 2010 1:14 pm

Thanks for the reply! What's your opinion on the Elementary Korean and Intermediate Korean books?

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Postby Gudrun » June 10th, 2010 12:55 am

I like both of Ross King's books, but I really think they're best used as part of a class or as additional resources for books like those from ParadigmBusters and Sogang. I don't think they'd be ideal as primary, self-study texts. But it's pretty easy to look up grammar forms in Elementary Korean and Intermediate Korean and I mainly use them for that purpose.

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Postby joesp » June 20th, 2010 10:41 pm

My feeling on these types of questions, about which book to use, is that I had to go through scores of books for the same level, because there was just so much material per level, too much for one book ... you can't go wrong, because you're still going to be at the same level after finishing one of them.

But, you are using this koreanclass101.com for listening, yes? it's really great for developing your listening. If you want to study additionally, then start poring over books of which there is no shortage these days .....

IMHO.

thanks.

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KoreanClass101.com's materials will get better~!

Postby timandyou » June 21st, 2010 10:25 am

:o

Hello, everyone.
I know many of you use KoreanClass101.com for listening but, KoreanClass101.com's materials will get better; especially, new series that are coming soon in July will prove my point. My methodology and lesson notes are unique and easy comprehensive.
Yes, finding good Korean books is important but, most books are same.
Listen and check out the new series lessons: Absolute Beginner Season 2 and Audio Blog Season 5.
I do really work on my lesson notes and materials. Absolute Beginner Season 2 would be really helpful for Korean beginners. I bet it!
cheers,

Tim 8)

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Postby itadakinokurahecate2105 » October 25th, 2010 12:14 am

Using Korean is very good for advanced speakers, they deal with a lot of grammar and stuff.
But maybe it's a not book for beginners.
You may try Sogang University Korean course.
it's free, they have videos grammar recordings everything.

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Hello itadakinokurahecate2105,

Postby timandyou » October 25th, 2010 11:11 am

Hello there,
Can I have your name?
What's your nationality?
That's all.
I am Tim from KC101.com.
cheers,

Tim 8)

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Postby untmdsprt » May 12th, 2011 11:41 pm

The "You Speak Korean" series looks promising. Has anyone been able to get all the audio files for all books? I've only been able to find them for the first two.


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