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Hyewon Geebi Baek was born and raised in Korea and attended the University of California Berkeley where she received a degree in art. She lives in Oakland, CA.

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  • Series: Dirty Everyday Slang
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press (June 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781569757796
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569757796
  • ASIN: 1569757798
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 4.2 x 7 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
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"Dirty Korean" by Haewon Geebi Baek is a new language book in the "Dirty" series. Other languages in this series include Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. All of them claim to teach everyday slang from "What's Up" to language that would receive an "R" rating if a movie, or only be allowed on HBO and other pay channels without bleeps to block out the word.

As a language book, you won't be learning the Korean language with this single volume. As a supplementary guide to have in your Korean language resources, it is not a bad phrase book. The book does include the hangul (Korean native alphabet) under the Romanization of the Korean words, which is a big plus. I do like that they included the hangul.

The book starts out by saying you deserve to know how to say the dirty words in the language if you want to, and then provides a quick blurb on pronouncing Korean. Again, you are not going to learn the language from this text, but you will pick up some words not found in most Korean language guides.

Before you think the book is only full of vulgarities, it is not. It has much slang that is not offensive at all. You'll learn the shorter slang version of "good morning" as well as the shorter slang for "evenin'" and "sorry." There are also a lot of short paragraphs on Korean culture and etiquette. These are not only educational, but also entertaining at times. The book is a pretty fun read if you are interested in Korea and the spoken language of that country.

The book is divided into chapters titled Howdy, Friendly, Party, Body, Horny, Angry, Poppy, Sporty, and Hungry.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Honest Consumer on June 29, 2011
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I can already speak Korean. Just so you know.
I don't live there, but I know enough Koreans who do, to have a decent opinion of
this book.

It's okay. Koreans don't always say any one thing any one way - so it comes close
to what most say (and they will understand you.)

The book however, comes with one fatal flaw that works in my favor.
The Korean hangul itself isn't typed, it's hand written. This is
going to be very very bad for anyone IN Korea or learning Korean who
needs to see the typed hangul (because the written is harder to read -
if not impossible in this book in places).

BUT FOR ME, it's good! Great practice in reading hand written Korean.
Sloppy as it is written, it is like something you might scrawl across a
post-it in English...and so, this is what you might see if a Korean left
you a post-it note.

Since I don't have much chance (here in the USA to actually see written
Korean hangul, this book will hopefully train my eye to the written form
of the language (visually).

But, again, to the visitor, tourist or true beginner - the book isn't
ideal exactly because of this MAJOR flaw. Best of both worlds the
author should have included both --- and is probably kicking herself
now after all the scathing reviews complaining about this aspect.

It'll be fun for me. And all those culture thumpers out there worried
about impressions of Korea and Koreans? Forget about it. Korea is a
county as different and as the same as any other. Every country has
it's dark side and it's bragging points.

Whatever you really need to learn about the people of Korea, you'll learn
when you go there... and this book doesn't pretend to teach you THAT.
It just gives you some fun phrases that some Koreans say (depending on
the city/socioeconomic level and age.)

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29 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Option_1 on June 20, 2011
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I see there is already a few debates regarding the nature of foreigners in Korea and what this book says regarding that. I'm not interesting in talking about that so much other then to say; EVERY culture is xenophobic of outsiders (yes, even our great US of A) so stop complaining and thinking your better then someone.

Cultural differences aside- this book still has problems.

Not because it is "culturally insensitive" (its TRYING to be funny) but because its just not that well written.

I bought this book shortly before I went to visit my Korean girlfriend and thought it might be something funny to read on nights we could get bored. Having studied a small amount of Korean, I thought it could help me express myself a bit better in common situations. Unfortunately, when I tried out a few different lines from the book on my girlfriend, she simply looked puzzled and asked me what I was talking about.

Finding the book to show her she opted to flip through it. Perplexed, she constantly pointed at the pages and said "that's not right" or "I don't get it" or even so far as "people don't say that". After looking at almost every page she laughed and tossed the book back to me saying I should just throw it out. As we were bombing around Hongdae and she was no old maid (we had *plenty* of fun without the book) I was inclined to believe her opinion.

But more then that- when I first glossed over the book I felt that the author simply didn't know what he was talking about. Many stereotypes made of Korean people I felt were simply inaccurate. Moreover, I found a curiously large amount of references to *Japanese* culture that, if I didn't know about Japanese culture, I wouldn't have understood (ie: "pound the moochi").
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