- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (April 28, 2013)
- Language: Korean, English
- ISBN-10: 1484804872
- ISBN-13: 978-1484804872
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #541,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Wild Korean: A Fieldguide to Real Korean Conversation (Korean and English Edition) (Korean) 2nd Edition
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There are tonnes of multi-level serial textbooks from universities which require years for mastering Korean language. However if you have to grasp the core Korean quickly to interact with Koreans (which actually allows you to obtain proficiency quickly and naturally) you have to use this book as your highway, not an exhausting dirt road.
The main drawback of this book is its bad advertising and the lame official book review from which you couldn't possibly guess that every Korean line in every unit (with a parallel English translation where needed) has already been recordered in mp3 audiofiles which can be downloaded here: http://wildkorean.blogspot.de/p/audio-file-download.html
Yes, there is a mistake on the book cover: it mentions the wrong internet link for the downloadable files. I guess that something bad has happened to their old Blogpost account.
It is difficult to believe but the authors also provide FREE offline study classes in Seoul using this book http://wildkorean.blogspot.de/p/classes-and-events.html!!!!
This is a very useful book, but buyers should know that you need to have a very basic understanding of the Korean language, meaning you can look at Korean writing and sound it out, you can write the letters on your own (helpful but not essential), and you have a general concept of how Korean grammar is structured (e.g. you know that the verb comes at the end of the sentence, that kind of thing). If you have no idea how to make sense of Korean letters, you will need to learn that before using this book with any success. Don't worry though, you can literally learn how to read Hangul (the Korean alphabet) in a day, or even within a couple hours if you have someone helping you. It's really easy.
Each chapter has a dialogue that matches the chapter's theme, and the themes cover just about everything the average person needs in daily life. Ordering food, dating, asking for directions, shopping in a store or negotiating a lower price, going to the post office, getting a haircut, it's all in there. In addition to dialogue, each chapter also has a pretty lengthy list of vocabulary terms as well as a few useful key expressions, and there are also written exercises for applying what you've just learned.
As a learning tool for making the leap from rudimentary Korean to intermediate Korean, I think this book is great. The book uses a nice balance of both Korean and English, and the English explanations are clear and easy to understand. The author also gives some very useful insight into Korean cultural norms that foreigners may not be entirely clear on, such as the social significance of one's blood type and the "Korean way" of pronouncing western-sounding words such as saying "buh-tuh" instead of "butter".
My only complaint about Wild Korean is that the layout is a bit messy. It's fine once you get used to it, but if you're standing in a bookstore and casually flipping through this book, you might decide to shelve it because of the visual clutter that seems to plague a good number of the pages. Once you get into the content of each chapter, though, you'll realize that this is a great learning tool that was designed with foreign learners of Korean in mind. I've studied Korean with other books that are dry and academic, and Wild Korean is anything but.
Before using this book, one must have the basic reading skills already. This book is not for beginners. You must at least have basic knowledge of reading the Korean alphabet and maybe a few Korean classes under your belt before using this book. I highly recommend this book to anyone who needs to use the Korean language in his or her daily living.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn Korean in a fun way! This is no boring book. It makes a difficult language easy and fun to learn.