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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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ISBN-13: 978-0824818159
ISBN-10: 0824818156
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From the Back Cover

Vocabulary learning is the single most important component of second-language acquisition. In cases where the second language is unrelated to the learner's native tongue, this task presents special challenges because there are typically few clues in a word's form to assist in learning and remembering its meaning. The Handbook of Korean Vocabulary offers a solution to this problem for students of Korean. The Handbook is the first ever "root dictionary" of Korean designed for second-language learners. Useful for students at all levels, it contains more than 1,500 vocabulary lists consisting of words built from a shared root. These lists offer a unique and efficient way for students to acquire new words. Upon encountering a word, students can consult the lists for its component roots and discover many other semantically related words built from the same elements. The Handbook consists of two sections, the first presenting roots of Chinese origin and the second containing native Korean roots. Within each section, lists are arranged with respect to each other in alphabetic order as determined by the Korean spelling of the root morpheme. Each list begins with the relevant root written in Korean script together with its Chinese character (if there is one) and its English translation. As indicated in the following example, the entries for individual words within a list include information about each item's colloquial interpretation, the literal meaning of its component parts, and (for the sake of advanced students and those who know Japanese or Chinese) the Chinese characters used to write it. An introduction provides an overview of Korean vocabulary and detailed instructions on how to use theword lists. A pronunciation guide outlines the major principles determining the pronunciation of compounds and other multipart words in Korean. The Handbook will be of value not only to teachers and students of the Korean language, whose number is growing each year, but to native speakers of Korean who wish to use the word structure of their native language as a starting point for the study of English vocabulary. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

MIHO CHOO is Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Timothy O'Grady is the author (with Kenneth Griffith) of Curious Journey: An Oral History of Ireland's Unfinished Revolution, and the novels Motherland and I Could Read the Sky. He has written about golf for "Golf World and "Esquire.

William O'Grady is associate professor of linguistics at the University of Calgary.

William O'Grady is associate professor of linguistics at the University of Calgary.
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Product Details

  • 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #492,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anybody who has spent some time with Korean will probably be pretty pumped up by the idea behind this book: take a ton of Korean compound words and sort them according to their common, mostly Chinese, roots. If you've been at it long enough that you're starting to pick up patterns of shared syllables, or if you read Chinese (it's probably best to have both these down before you start looking at this book) this might sound like a godsend- but the bad news is the magic screeches to a halt right here. After laying down the vocabulary, the authors hightail it and leave the reader to figure out what to do with the words, and even how to do it. Don't get me wrong- it's still a great concept and this isn't meant to be a negative review, just a (really long-winded) warning of what not to expect from this book.

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.
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This book is comprehensive; it is comprised of both native Korean roots and lists of Sino-Korean words organized by character and alphabetized according to Korean pronunciation. Sino-Korean word lists for each character include both words in which the character appears first and words in which the character appears last. For example, the entry under "dae" meaning "big," includes "daehakyo" (university) and "hwakdae" (enlarge).
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.
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This is simply the most useful resource book I have come across in learning Korean. It's especially useful if you don't know the hancha (Chinese characters) as it groups Korean words according to their Hancha origins, so you can see how different words connect without having to learn the characters. It really helps to provide a structure and logic to the language, which otherwise seems very confusing to the Western student.
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.
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This book can't be used like a dictionary or a textbook in the traditional sense. The secret to learning Korean is learning how to think in Korean. This book gives some really good common vocabulary by their Chinese (and some pure Korean) roots. It's great for learning Chinese roots as well as associated words. I've never seen a book like this and highly recommend it. It's a great vocabulary builder.
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.
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I don't make recommendations/endorsements very often and I don't take them lightly. For this text, though, I can't say enough.
I can't really say much more than has already been written beyond saying that I, too, would highly recommend this text for someone who is beyond basic/early intermediate Korean. It's really quite a worthwhile investment.
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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). The next step to expanding your vocabulary and knowledge of the Korean lexicon. After this, I would recommend the Korean Slang book "As much as a Rat's Tail : Korean Slang (English and Korean Edition)" as another essential resource to understanding the newer Korean used on the streets and in the hallways.
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The font seems oversaturated / hard to explain that -
uh..... the book is overwhelming - SO many words!!!
But it does it's job in helping me related WHY words
are put together the way they are / the meaning of
the parts of the words... wish it came with a
"copy for your computer" DVD < no deal. That would make
it instantly searchable. In my dreams. You need to
know what alphabetical order is in Korean to search the
book for the right english word, but it was never intended
to be a dictionary in that sense. It's a reference book
that reads like

cowboy
farmboy
tomboy <<<<< but in Korean / so you see you can tell that
"boy" is the rootword that the other Korean words are based on.

In this, it is what it is. How to study it? No idea yet.
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