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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a book that an English thinker can understand, February 24, 2003
This review is from: College Korean (Paperback)
I've been married to a Korean lady for 18 years now, and lived in Korea for 4 1/2 years. I've had numerous Korean teachers. From my wife, I had learned the alphabet, and over the years had developed a pretty good vocabulary, but one thing has always been missing in my attempts to learn Korean: Someone who understands thinking in English, and so understands how the structure of the Korean language has no equivalent in English, and so becomes practically nonsensical to a native English thinker - even though he may understand all the words.
This book is the first book I have found that approaches the Korean language from the perspective of someone who can think in English. For the first time, things that give us problems (Like construction of complex and compound sentences, the difference in the use of different conjunctions that are nearly the same, and translate to the same word in English, complex comparison sentences,etc.) are explained and taught in such a way that the rules make sense to me.
I am finding that FINALLY - after 18 years of trying, and after years of being able to understand most of what was spoken to me, but never being able to answer back with more than just childish sentences - FINALLY, I am breaking through the barriers in my understanding and becoming able to read more complex material, speak maturely with my elders in church, write material above a childish reading level, etc.
The only thing I could possibly find to criticize the book on is the explanation of pronunciation. I know there is a lot of discussion about how to transliterate the pronunciation (And pronunciation actually varies quite a bit from Seoul to Pusan), but the rules of characters such as ¤¸,¤µ, ¤©, and ¤¡ are just not quite what I normally hear - maybe they cannot be explained without hearing the language from a native speaker.
Still, it is a very good book for someone who thinks in English to help them to a point where hopefully they can actually think in Korean. A helpful Korean speaking friend will probably be all the additional help you will need.
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Initial post: Sep 22, 2006 7:36:01 PM PDT
I know the feeling about sounding weird to your audience, and also wanting to speak at the adult level. This is a useful review.
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