- Paperback: 387 pages
- Publisher: Ateneo De Manila Univ Pr; Reprint edition edition (March 1, 1996)
- Language: English, Korean
- ISBN-10: 0824818156
- ISBN-13: 978-0824818159
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #783,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Handbook of Korean Vocabulary: A Resource for Word Recognition and Comprehension (English and Korean Edition) Reprint edition Edition
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Before you even pick the Handbook up, you should be prepared for the fact that outside of segregating Chinese and Korean roots (there's some interaction in the actual examples and the Korean root list is necessarily much less beefy) and listing everything in Korean alphabetical order, this thing has absolutely zero structure whatsoever. There is, for example, no effort made to allow the reader to build up on vocabulary as they work through list after list of essentially random words. In fact, the authors level with you in the introduction that they weren't even concerned with presenting the most commonly used vocabulary items. Since you're expected to drop $27, a common frequency approach, some exercises, or even a sample sentence here and there shouldn't be too much to ask for, but the Handbook doesn't deliver on this, or on anything more useful than a big old list.Read more ›
The long vocabulary lists would overwhelm the beginning learner; the text is more appropriate for intermediate and advanced learners who wish to build vocabulary through studying word roots.
If you want to learn how to write the Chinese characters provided for the listed compounds, you'll need a magnifying glass as the print is so small.
"The Handbook" has two parts: Chinese based vocabulary and native Korean vocabulary. Both are organized according to phonemes and grouped by ideograph. Also, there are no stupid romanizations to get in the way.
My only gripe about "The Handbook" is that sometimes the font seems a little small. I wish that the han-mun were printed larger to make the number of strokes (and the strokes themselves) more distinct.
This book will take you where you left off with Bruce Grant's 'Guide to Korean Characters.' Where in Grant's book, you have the basic 1,800, in "The Handbook" you have many many many many many more. The styles of the books are completely different though. This book definitely presupposes a good working knowledge of Korean. (Otherwise, what's the sense of looking up all of these words for their chinese roots?)
Anyway, terrific book for those who are not yet Korean scholars to help them become Korean scholars.
I would recommend this book to anyone who already has a good understanding of basic Korean grammar and vocabulary. It will help consolidate what you already know and will really speed up the expansion of your vocabulary and your understanding of Korean generally.
But it is for people who are serious about learning Korean and won't do a casual studier any good. Also, unless you already have a solid grasp on grammar and the language, this book needs to be used in conjunction with other resources.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I differ with the other reviewers on how to use this book. I read it like a novel, cover to cover. In doing so, I learn all the morphemes of the language and familiarize myself... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Plotinus
My favorite Korean vocabulary book! Reading this makes learning Korean words very simple. Plus, knowing the hanjas and the concepts behind them helps understanding new words you... Read morePublished 13 months ago by lauren w.
It is not perfect, but it's still very useful.
If your Chinese is more competent than mine, I'd advice you to visit amazon china. Read more
I can speak, read and write Japanese and Chinese fluently. As a result I have gotten accustomed to using characters (Hanzi or Kanji) to decode words and guess new words based on... Read morePublished on November 19, 2013 by James D.
This book is an essential resource for advanced learners of Korean. Great as a go to guidebook for how words are related (especially Chinese character derived Korean). Read morePublished on June 21, 2013 by Peter N. Liptak
This is a great companion for learning Hanja, or the use of Chinese characters in Korean. Highly suggest it for those more advanced students learning Hanja.Published on June 7, 2013 by TSC
This book eased the burden of memorizing hanja (Korean Chinese characters). I can honestly say that I am addicted. Helpful, well-organized book. It arrived in good condition.Published on October 1, 2011 by EverAfter
The font seems oversaturated / hard to explain that -
uh..... the book is overwhelming - SO many words!!! Read more