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Learning Korean with a Smile: Reading and Writing Hangeul (Korean Edition) (Korean) Paperback – July 9, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1478140740 ISBN-10: 1478140747

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 102 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 9, 2012)
  • Language: Korean
  • ISBN-10: 1478140747
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478140740
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,056,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Adrian Perrig is a Professor at Carnegie Mellon University. He earned his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University, and spent three years during his Ph.D. degree at the University of California at Berkeley. He received his B.Sc. degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Ah-Yeong Yu was born in Daejeon, South Korea. She earned her bachelor's in Mechatronics from Korea University of Technology and Education. In 2012, she started her graduate studies at Sungkyunkwan University in Management of Technology. She is also working at Korea Institute of Patent Information as a patent-sleuth searching for prior art.

Heejo Lee is a professor at Korea University, Seoul, Korea. He received his BS, MS, Ph.D. degree from POSTECH, Pohang, Korea, and worked as a postdoc at CERIAS, Purdue University from 2000 to 2001. Before joining Korea University, he was at AhnLab, Inc. as a CTO from 2001 to 2003.

Yeon Yim is a free-lance motion graphic artist. During and after earning her BFA in Visual Information from Ewha Woman’s University and MFA in Film and Digital Media from Hongik University, she participated in several TV shows, commercials, games, theme parks and online services with Gamehi, Nintendo, NC Soft, MBC and MGM by making concept arts and storyboards. She was a winner of Google Korea’s Best Blogger Award 2009 in Culture & Art part.

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I am honestly pleased I made this purchase.
Shanai
It is systematic and comprehensive in its approach to get a total beginner to start reading and writing the language.
tang
The book is that simple to read and easy to learn.
MyPenName

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By MyPenName on October 24, 2012
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This book is lead authored by someone who is not a native Korean speaker. Hence, the book's contents is structured in such a way that a beginner is not going to be intimidated on seeing the letters of the Korean language. Generally, Asian languages are hard to learn if one is not native to the region. The reason I give 5 stars to this book is because, within a reading a few chapters and reaching half the book, one can read and write a few words in Korean. The book is that simple to read and easy to learn. This shows that the authors clearly know the challenges a beginner faces and hence they have simplified the learning process while still making it effective and enjoyable. The book teaches the language without complicating it and uses small and simple words used in daily life to show how a same letter can be used in different ways. There are practice exercises to test one's understanding and the Korean letters are typed in a very large font which is easy to remember. In short, this book is a great companion in your backpack and is fun to read during travels. :)

Overall, for non Korean speakers, this is a fantastic and extremely simple book to start and appreciate the language!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MyPenName on October 24, 2012
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This book is lead authored by someone who is not a native Korean speaker. Hence, the book's contents is structured in such a way that a beginner is not going to be intimidated on seeing the letters of the Korean language. Generally, Asian languages are hard to learn if one is not native to the region. The reason I give 5 stars to this book is because, within a reading a few chapters and reaching half the book, one can read and write a few words in Korean. The book is that simple to read and easy to learn. This shows that the authors clearly know the challenges a beginner faces and hence they have simplified the learning process while still making it effective and enjoyable. The book teaches the language without complicating it and uses small and simple words used in daily life to show how a same letter can be used in different ways. There are practice exercises to test one's understanding and the Korean letters are typed in a very large font which is easy to remember. In short, this book is a great companion in your backpack and is fun to read during travels. :)

Overall, for non Korean speakers, this is a fantastic and extremely simple book to start and appreciate the language!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By tang on October 19, 2012
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This book does a really good job explaining the intricacies of the Hanguel. It is systematic and comprehensive in its approach to get a total beginner to start reading and writing the language.

Being an engineer, I really like the way the authors explain the deciphering of the language in a recipe-like and almost algorithmic manner. I would recommend this book to those who wants to read and write Korean within days.

This book is definitely coming with me on my next trip to Seoul!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jaime B. on May 13, 2014
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But it's hard to tell for sure, when the hangul charts and especially the section on handwritten hangul are in a tiny unreadable font, and the typos in the book that they said were fixed were still in my copy. I wish I'd waited to get it as my next Prime library selection, rather than buying it, but live and learn, I guess.

Returned for refund, because if I can't manage to read it, with my prior knowledge of Korean, there's no way the child I bought it for will be able to figure it out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sheila Gustafson on February 26, 2013
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Excellent book! I studied this for a few hours over about two days and felt confident enough to sound out Korean words. On arriving in Korea I can figure out quite a few signs. The book is practical, organized, easy to follow and most importantly, it is actually useful in the real world!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By artographer on January 30, 2013
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This book is awesome, It makes learning Hanguel characters very simple. The first couple of lessons are super easy, but then it gets increasingly harder, (as learning any language would) but it lays out the complexities of the rules in a strait forward way. I've been watching korean dramas for a few months with my best friend and we are now obsessed and decided to learn Korean. We both bought this book and hope to eventually not need subtitles/ speak/ and text Hanguel fluently!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N.Morales very entertaining. on January 27, 2013
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It is easy to follow and understand. It was definitely a big help, I loved it. I would strongly recommend it to someone who wants to learn to read and write Korean.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 27, 2013
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I was thrilled to receive this book until I got to the overview of Hangeul. I thought why tell me about placement and pronunciation of the consonants and vowels if I don't have a clue as to what the consonants and vowels are. As well as, I was unsure as to how to pronounce each consonant and vowel.

I truly desire to learn Korean. To me, it is a very beautiful language. I love that the book has other ways of writing Hangeul so that you are able to understand regardless of what you're reading. I'm not giving up. This IS a really good book, I just think the arrangement needs work or maybe I need to understand the way Hangeul is supposed to be learned. AGAIN, this is a really good book, I just became frustrated with it at a certain point.

I also loved that there was a history about the language as well as examples for most items for learning. I will recommend this book to others because it is very helpful.
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