Editors Choice – Best Korean Language Books

Talk To Me In Korean Level 1 is a paperback book based on the podcast lessons available on TalkToMeInKorean.com. This book is specifically designed for absolute beginners who are self-studying and includes the fundamentals of Korean, such as hello , thank you , and essential grammar points. Additionally, because this book caters to those who are learning Korean without a teacher or formal lessons, review questions and exercises can be found in this book along with sample dialogues and reading material about Korean culture.

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Korean Made Simple:
A beginner’s guide to learning the Korean language (Volume 1)

Korean Made Simple is a book for anyone who wishes to begin learning the Korean language. No matter your age, you can learn how to read, write, speak and understand Korean.

Learn the Korean writing system, Korean culture, and even history. Learn over 1,000 vocabulary words and phrases through 20 in-depth and fun lessons, filled with plenty of examples. Additionally, practice sections with answer keys are built into every chapter.

This book also contains additional advanced level notes for more skilled Korean speakers looking for a review of basic grammar and concepts, including a full appendix covering sound change rules.

Audio files for the book are also available for free download from gobillykorean.com.

Start your exciting journey into the Korean language today. Let’s learn Korean!

Living Language Korean, Complete Edition:
Beginner through advanced course, including 3 coursebooks, 9 audio CDs, Korean reading & writing guide, and free online learning

Korean, Complete Edition is a unique multimedia course that takes you from a beginner to an advanced level in one convenient package.

At the core of Korean, Complete Edition is the Living Language Method™, based on linguistic science, proven techniques, and over 65 years of experience. Our method teaches you the whole language, so you can express yourself, not just recite memorized words or scripts.

Millions have learned with Living Language®. Now it’s your turn.

Korean For Dummies
1st Edition

Start speaking Korean the fun and easy way with Korean For Dummies, a no-nonsense guide to Korean culture and the basics of Korean language. Pick up basic phrases and commonly used words so that you can converse with Koreans in both business and personal situations. You’ll learn Korean for everyday life and task-specific expressions for Korean on the go. In addition, you’ll discover important and fascinating aspects of Korean culture.

This handy guide won’t burden you with lists of grammar rules; just look up the phrases and cultural phrases that you need or read through the whole book for a general overview. You’ll be able to place material in a daily context with cultural tidbits, phonetic spelling of Korean words, and the recorded Korean dialogues on the accompanying CD. Exercises will jog your memory and reinforce everything that you learn.

Learn Korean
A Guide To Learning A New Language

Many textbooks have been written to teach how to speak foreign languages but textbooks can only take you so far, even with the various media of videos and audio files.

The best way is to just face it head on in its natural environment. Go out there, and don’t be shy. If you are a beginner, you are bound to make mistakes. More likely, the natives will appreciate your effort to speak their language than pointing out your mistakes and laughing at it.

Children absorb languages very quickly because they are unafraid to make mistakes and are not conscientious about their grammar or pronunciation. Very young children make errors with their own first language. Although adults may laugh at the cuteness, they shrug it off and learn from their mistakes. Adults need to do the same.

Just as a note, if you have taken Japanese in the past, you will have an easier time with Korean. In this book, we will try to show some basics so that you can go into the native environment.

If you wish to test your proficiency in Korean, you can participate in TOPIK (Test of Proficiency in Korean).

The KPOP Dictionary: 500 Essential Korean Slang Words and Phrases
Every K-Pop, K-Drama, K-Movie Fan Should Know

Learn to understand what your favorite K-Pop idols are saying on MV, TV Shows, and Dramas!

– 500 Essential K-Pop Words and Phrases
– Pronunciation Guide for Accuracy
– Definitions and Their Cultural Background
– Real Life Conversation Examples

Have you just started following K-Pop and K-Drama but can’t understand the lingo? Do you want to be a part of K-Pop and K-Drama fandom but can’t blend in because you don’t know the jargon everyone is using? Or are you an experienced K-Pop / K-Drama fan wanting to expand your vocabulary?Then this book is for you!

Korean Alphabets in a Picture:
Learn Korean Alphabets (Hangul) Super Fast

Here’s a QUICK, EASY and FUN way for anyone to pick up Korean alphabets (Hangul) in a FLASH. In this book, you will INSTANTLY speak and write a Korean alphabet in 7 seconds or less with super mnemonics. Learn how to say and write Korean alphabets (Hangul) using super mnemonics and have fun at the same time. You will learn: (1) 10 basic vowels: ㅏ,ㅓ,ㅗ,ㅜ,ㅣ,ㅡ,ㅑ,ㅕ,ㅛ,ㅠ (2) 10 basic consonants: ㄴ,ㄱ,ㅂ,ㅅ,ㅁ,ㄷ,ㅎ,ㄹ,ㅈ,ㅇ (3) 10 Compound vowels: ㅐ,ㅔ,ㅒ,ㅖ,ㅘ, ㅚ,ㅙ,ㅞ, ㅝ,ㅟ Plus *Understanding consonant variations *Practice & Review pages Each alphabet presents: 1. Colored illustration showing a visual pun 2. Verbal mnemonics 3. Sample sentence 4. Korean character (Hangul) 5. Korean alphabet in pinyin (Romanization)

Integrated Korean:
Beginning 1, 2nd Edition

This is a thoroughly revised edition of Integrated Korean: Beginning 1, the first volume of the best-selling series developed collaboratively by leading classroom teachers and linguists of Korean. All series’ volumes have been developed in accordance with performance-based principles and methodology―contextualization, learner-centeredness, use of authentic materials, usage-orientedness, balance between skill getting and skill using, and integration of speaking, listening, reading, writing, and culture. Grammar points are systematically introduced in simple but adequate explanations and abundant examples and exercises.

Each situation/topic-based lesson of the main texts consists of model dialogues, narration, new words and expressions, vocabulary notes, culture, grammar, usage, and English translation of dialogues. In response to comments from hundreds of students and instructors of the first edition, this new edition features a more attractive two-color design with all new photos and drawings and an additional lesson and vocabulary exercises. Lessons are now organized into two main sections, each containing a conversational text (with its own vocabulary list) and a reading passage. The accompanying workbook, newly written, provides students with extensive skill-using activities based on the skills learned in the main text.

Korean Flash Cards Kit: Learn 1,000 Basic Korean Words and Phrases
Quickly and Easily! (Hangul & Romanized Forms)

The cards in this volume are a great way to learn Korean and contain the most common words and expressions used in daily Korean communication—concrete nouns as well as verbs and adjectives that form the core Korean vocabulary. These are grouped thematically to enable easy memorization and retention. A sample sentence is given to illustrate the use of the primary word on each card which is often a well-known Korean saying or an idiom.

Key features of Korean Flash Cards include:

  • 200 Hole-punched flash cards
  • Over 1,000 Korean words and sentences
  • All of the most commonly used words
  • Native-speaker audio recordings
  • Sample sentences in Korean
  • A 32-page booklet with sorting indexes and practice tips

Korean for Beginners:
Mastering Conversational Korean (CD-ROM Included)

The best way to learn Korean—this book uses a lighthearted, humorous approach. Korean for Beginners starts by showing you just how reasoned and logical the Korean alphabet, hangeul, actually is, and helps you master it faster than you learned the English alphabet. Realistic situations you might encounter in Korea in Korean-speaking environments are described, and new words are explained in terms of how you’ll find them useful to communicate. Numerous illustrations enliven the text, and a CD-ROM bound into the jacket lets you listen and repeat phrases in the book. Soon you’ll be able to say with pride, “I know Korean!” Features of Korean for Beginners are:

  • Learn to read Korean writing with ease.
  • Practical phrases help you converse with confidence.
  • A lighthearted “guide” walks you through, bringing the language to life.
  • The CD–ROM’s native Korean speakers help you to speak Korean like a pro.

Learn Hangul in One Hour:
A Complete Course on How to Teach Yourself the Korean Writing System

Learn to read, write, and remember the Korean writing system, Hangul, in one hour.

Also instantly learn the alphabet order.
Trying to learn Korean using English letters is not just a waste of time, it can cause you a great deal of embarrassment!
Learn to read, write and pronounce Korean the right way. Save yourself the time and possible embarrassment by getting it right.
If you’re interested in Taekwon do, Korean drama, or Korean pop singers, or a student of Korean language, this is the place to start.
This book is a system that uses mnemonics to teach you the sounds o you can easily remember the Korean alphabet.
You’ll get sample vocabulary to both re-enforce and remember each character, and samples of each character as they appear both typed and handwritten.
You’ll also get complete, stroke-by-stroke, diagrams on how to write each letter.

Why is Korean an important language to learn?

Korea is broken down into northern and southern regions and while you may not be too excited to hit up North Korea anytime soon, South Korea might be calling your name.  Of course, everyone can hope that things calm down in the northern portion of this area of the world, so that all travelers can see what has been kept in isolation for all these years.  One of the best reasons most people visit South Korea is the food and in order for you to ask for what you want in that country, or within a Korean restaurant, it is always best to know how to speak Korean.  Currently, there are at least seventy-eight million people that speak Korean, both in Korea and around the world.  You would be surprised to know that you could see a native Korean speaker anywhere that you are, on any given day, and that is why it is so important that you take the time to learn how to speak this language.  Learning this language will allow you to watch movies and television shows in Korean, and while you may still use the subtitles, you will easily grasp what is being said and done.  This is one of the easier Asian languages to learn and while it may not make sense at first, once you remember to always place the verb last, you will be speaking faster than you thought possible.  Your career opportunities will soar once you know how to speak Korean as well, because not many others will take the time to learn this language.