Editors Choice – Best Korean Language Books

Looking to learn more about the Korean language? You’ve come to the right place. With over 75 million speakers, Korean is the official language of both North and South Korea. However, Korean also has a significant foothold in other countries across the world, including over two million speakers in China, one million in the United States, and half a million in Japan. Linguistically, the Korean language is believed to be part of a family of Altaic languages that includes Japanese, Turkish, and Mongolian. Although Korean descended from a different language family than Chinese, you’ll find some similarities between the languages such as some Korean vocabulary words which are based on Chinese characters.

The rising influence of the Korean language can be attributed in part to the popularity of Korean pop music and culture and to a budding interest in Korean cuisine. There are also large Korean communities throughout the United States and likewise, the US has a strong military, diplomatic, and cultural influence on the Korean peninsula. For those who would like to get beyond a few Korean words or phrases and actually learn Korean, there are also a growing number of online resources for the language. Although, as you might expect, not all programs or websites that offer Korean lessons are created equal and the language is considered especially tricky for English speakers to learn without the proper support.

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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.

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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.

Learn Mandarin Chinese with Paul Noble is an exciting, nontraditional approach to language learning with the easy, relaxed appeal of an audio-only product. No books, memorization or chance of failure. This digital download contains the entire course. Perfect for those who have struggled to learn Mandarin in the past.

Korean from Zero! is a fun, innovative, and integrated approach to learning Korean created by professional interpreter and author of 6 text books, George Trombley, Korean linguist Reed Bullen, and native Korean speaker Sunhee Bong. Using up-to-date and easy-to-grasp grammar, Korean From Zero!

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.