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An Illustrated Guide to Korean (English and Korean Edition) Paperback – September 6, 2013
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The problem with the majority of Korean travel and language books is that they utilize Koreans to write in English about Korea. They don't have a firm grasp on Western culture and aren't able to clearly explain a concept or idea in English to foreigners. We utilize a more systematic process. First, we choose a culturally interesting topic and discuss it in English. Next, we gather information through research and spend time organizing our notes. After that, I discuss it in detail with my wife, Korean colleagues, and Korean friends to better understand how local people feel. Finally, the idea is put to paper in our newspaper series and further revised for this book.
Disclaimer: We ordered several copies of the book through Amazon for family and are required by Amazon to post a star rating in order to write this review.
This isn't a textbook, by any means, it won't teach you how to write hangeul, but it will teach you a wide variety of phrases and words, and prepare you for some of the situations you will find in Korea. Plus, the cultural tips are also very insightful!
I'd say this book is great for everyone from a beginner to an intermediate or advanced student.
Sure beats memorizing vocabulary lists or making flash cards.