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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing (April 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804841500
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804841504
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A great feature of this dictionary is the appendix of commonly used hanja (Chinese characters) in Korean. If you know some Chinese or Japanese, this is an excellent way to identify loan words in Korean you can more easily remember by associating them with the original character." —Goodreads

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I work in the field of information technology, and have also been an editor at an educational publishing company focusing on language practice books for Koreans learning English. Although my occupation is in the field of natural language, my main personal pursuit has been aiding foreigners in their studies of the Korean language through the many titles. I live in Anyang with a woman who calls me husband. You can send an email to longinglove@nate.com if you have something to talk to me or if you need to know my home address that your generous present will be delivered to.

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This is a must have resource for anyone learning Korean.
S. Rhodes
An added bonus that was not in the description is that it includes the hanja (Chinese characters) for many (but not all) Korean phrases that originate from Chinese.
Amazon Customer
Another very valuable feature of the dictionary is that it shows you how every word is pronounced, not only in isolation but in context in the example sentences.
John Armstrong

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A reader on November 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
A very useful dictionary that is perfect for any level of the Korean language one is at. In the beginning the book gives an overview on how to write each hangul symbol and how to put them together. What is also a plus for this book is that this book also provides the Chinese characters that some Korean words are derived from. What is also good about this book is that for every word that is listed, it has a sentence with it and some words will provide notes for a better understanding. The only this I wish would be different would be that I would prefer the hangul before the romanization other than that a great book for any learners' collection. ^_^
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 29, 2012
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Excellent dictionary, although its sizes makes it a bit large to carry around. It has lots of great illustrations and photographs that are useful. An added bonus that was not in the description is that it includes the hanja (Chinese characters) for many (but not all) Korean phrases that originate from Chinese. The hanja is particularly useful for me as it helps me understand the meaning of the phrases in both languages, and understand the etymological roots of the words.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Vince R. Giangiacomo on June 25, 2012
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The dictionary is not bad.
It is a basic Korean dictionary that explains the Sino-Korean origin of the word.
So the use of Hanja makes it unique.
Once in a while you are giving facts either about the culture or grammar.
The layout is Romanization followed by Korean or Hangul.
This is only a Korean English dictionary with an index of the most common Korean.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jyms on March 20, 2013
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This dictionary is what I was looking for my Korean language studies, I just received it yesterday and as a more than ten languages student that I am my impression was great: this dictionary gives you the hanja (chinese characters used in Korean) well at least the essential you will not find in any other books. Since the Chinese language has influenced Korean vocabulary so much is better to understand the words with the characters, Korean is like Japanese, a mixed script but in Korean hangeul is enough to communicate so is not NECESSARY to read and write hanja but it is makes you a better Korean language student if you learn them, to do so I recommend "A Guide To Korean Characters Reading And Writing Hangul And Hanja" by Bruce K. Grant which teaches you 1,800 chinese characters and how to write the hangeul letters.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Knipling on July 25, 2013
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This is a helpful book, and I will not fault the author. However, I bought this for the Kindle Fire HD 7" and many of the Korean characters in this book cannot be displayed properly. Not sure about other versions of the Kindle...but definitely not working for me. This was the first book I bought straight out of the box and I am running 7.4.3 firmware.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cleandro on March 5, 2014
Format: Paperback
Once you're past elementary textbooks you have to find other resources for expanding your vocabulary. You could just learn from a fat dictionary, but that way you might end up learning words that you'll seldom encounter. So for the purpose of vocabulary building, this is an excellent resource. The book has a manageable amount of vocabulary, so it's not overwhelming. You could consider it as a word-list. Once you cover this book, you can move on to other books.

Another thing I really like about this book is that every word comes with an example sentence. This way you can learn the word in it's proper context. Besides example phrases, there are also example pictures. So if for example you don't know what 'kimchi' is, you will see what it looks like.

What I don't like about the book is an issue with the layout. All entries start with the romanization of Korean in bold blue fonts, followed by the Korean Hangul. I find this rather distracting and would recommend the author to switch these two around and decrease the font of the romanization, so your eyes are drawn to the Hangul instead. Hangul is very easy to learn and should be the starting point of anyone's study of Korean. I can't really imagine serious learners buying this book without first knowing Hangul. This is a book to buy to get you beyond the amount vocabulary covered in textbooks.I have two other dictionaries. One is the Korean Standard Dictionary by Lee & Lee, the other is the Handbook of Korean Vocabulary by Choo & O'Grady. The first is Hangul based and has romanization in small fonts for each entry. The second book I mentioned doesn't even rely on romanization at all. So the author might consider something like that, to make this an even better book. But don't let that discourage you from buying this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amy in Albuquerque on March 3, 2014
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Easy to use with a very logical layout. Liked the lead-in where it gives you a bit of a background on: how to write the letters, grammar, word placement, BASIC VERBS...etc. Use it ever day in my studies....Plus I pick a page and find a "Word of the Day". No better way to build your vocabulary than a Word A Day.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By parkgr on January 14, 2013
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is an excellent reference for its purpose: covering the most useful and common words for learning Korean (that is, do not expect a comprehensive dictionary). To the authors, 감사합니다.
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