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500 Basic Korean Verbs: The Only Comprehensive Guide to Conjugation and Usage (Downloadable Audio Files Included) Paperback – January 10, 2012
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That given, this book is very good for either the basic or advanced learner, though it's missing some of the more common verbs I'm used to hearing.
Pros: It provides the romanization (though not quite an explaination for how the sounds go since there are several romanizations of Korean, so it's worth knowing the hangeul). It provides several conjugations and tenses of the verbs. Then it also provides a few example sentences and notes about how it's applied.
The indexes are also very thorough and handled well.
Cons: For those that love Korean historical dramas and were really hoping to learn verbs that are part of the upper levels of speech and upper levels of verb endings, this book does not cover those verbs. While there are some deferential verbs (the few that are there are dutifully noted at least), the majority of those are absent. So there isn't much hope you'd be able to address a King. (I was secretly hoping to ace some of those verbs too.)
Despite that, the average user won't need the upper levels of speech, so it's understandable that they are absent, however, a basic explanation about this choice for the laymen not used to Korean might help to understand the intentions of the book. (Also something about formal, informal, dictionary form and deferential (lower end) usage culturally.)
But if you're like me and slacked on learning vocabulary, then learning verbs will help you a lot in communicating in Korean. So this will be a helpful book for you to have.
However, I do have a bone to pick with this book. As an intermediate learner I understand that not everyone can read hangul. But if you can't read hangul then you really shouldn't be jumping straight to a verb book. I really needed a detailed essential verb book, and this is certainly that, but the romanization is, in my opinion, clumsy, distracting, and pointless for such a straightforward writing system. The book provides synonyms and antonyms for each verb but only provides a romanization instead of translating it for you, which is a shame. Although I would still recommend this book to others, I'll keep looking for other verb books.
THIS book however is a MUST for anyone who wants to really learn Korean.
The power of the Korean language is in the VERBS since all sentences End in a verb.
For improving vocabulary and learning the proper conjugation of verbs, this book is THE BEST.
It is one of 4 books that I carry with me everywhere and refer to constantly.
Of course I know Hangul, and I know the rules to read Hangul. However, many times I have run into words that I believe I am pronouncing correctly, based on the rules to read Hangul; but when I hear the actual pronunciation of the words by a native Korean speaker, it happens to be that I am completely wrong. Like the number 16(½ÊÀ°), why is it pronounced shimnyuk instead of shibyuk?...Well, you got me!!!...But that is the way it is. Later on I learned that the number 6 (À°) takes the form (·ú)when is not in the initial position, and in this case the rule that ¤© when preceded by a consonant other than l or n, should be pronounced like n applies.
My point is... 1)many times the pronunciation of a word does not abide by the Hangul rules, you just need to know how the word should be pronounced, period. 2) Even if you know the Hangul rules and these rules apply to the words, it is good to have the pronunciation at hand sometimes, and 3) If you definitely know how to read all the verbs to perfection, then FOCUS on the Hangul... I do not see what the problem is.
Now, there are 2 things that could be improved, in my opinion.
First, the Audio Files. As I said, no matter how well I read Hangul, I have noticed that if I had never heard the word before, my pronunciation sounds good, but different. In other words, sounds very "foreigner". So one of the things I was expecting from the audio files, was the pronunciation of all the verbs with its different endings; but that wasn't the case.Read more ›
The author does omit some forms. I know of their existence from linguistic descriptions. They include: (1) two speech styles used only by some older speakers and clearly in the process of disappearing; (2) the retrospective (perceived past); (3) forms with two or more tense markers including the past past (-ass/eoss-eoss- and two past futures (-ass/eoss-gess- and –ass/eoss-eul geo-); (4) some modal forms; and (5) forms with connecting particles other than the ones in the “blue box”. (And probably also some other items that I don’t even know about).
None of these omissions seem serious to me. And even if he doesn’t include them, he’s given you a framework that you can fit them into.
The one set of forms that I was concerned weren’t included even though they seemed quite important were those with the honorific suffix –si-. But then I found that they actually were there, even if not totally obvious. First, for every verb he gives the corresponding honorific stem in its dictionary form (ending in –sida). This includes honorific forms based on different roots (like deusida for meoktta ‘eat’ and jumusida for jada ‘sleep’, also gyesida as well as isseusida for ittta ‘be, be doing, stay, have’).Read more ›
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"All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means..."Published 27 days ago by Kenneth Dallmann
Great book, my only negative is how they spell out all the words in English and to be honest, no one studying verbs should really need that, if you need English pronunciations of... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is pretty straightforward! A really comprehensive guide of common verbs you will need. It shows you past, present, and future tenses of all verbs for all levels of formality. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lydia Chamberlain
Good reference book on conjugation. I found the sample sentences too difficult for beginner level Korean learners - quite a big minus. Read morePublished 6 months ago by nylite
Not exactly what I was looking for. I find flash cards are more helpful at this stage.Published 7 months ago by Greg Lewis
This book is packed with information. It's great as a reference guide for looking up conjugations, but not many example sentences so this is definitely to be used as a supplement... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Rachel