[Book Review] Korean From Zero!

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I will cut the suspense short: I liked it. If you want to know how this book can help your Korean learning, keep reading.

When I started learning Korean, I couldn’t wait to quit the hangul and greetings to really see what the language was all about. I was already using Talk To Me In Korean, but somehow, I needed something different on the side to explore.

I stumbled upon Learn Korean From Zero while looking for new material online. You can download it for free on their website (really!) or print pages as you like. I ended up buying a paper copy for myself from Amazon.

Learn Korean From Zero is at the same time a textbook and a workbook. It covers pronunciation, vocabulary, sentence building, grammar, common mistakes, conversation samples and even some cultural aspects of the language. Each chapter contains a little bit of everything, which makes learning diversified and engaging.

For me, it felt as if I had borrowed class notes from a friend. The book goes straight to the essential, gives practical tips on the spot and is designed in a way that it encourages personal note taking, drawing and highlighting. I find it perfectly adapted to independent learners who like to learn in a non-linear way and scribble in the the margins.

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This book has obviously been written by enthusiast Korean language lovers who are not trying to sell one of their ebooks. The style is not pretentious at all, non-conventional, and yet very dense. Even if I’m a little more advanced now, it turns out to be a good reference book.

Volume 1 covers pronunciation, future past and present, counters, negatives, dates and time (among many other things).

Volume 2 dives deeper into the particules, the adverbs, expressing emotions and contractions.

Volume 3 covers advanced phrases and verbs, indirect speech, etc.

Check their website for more details.

 

What is your favourite Korean workbook?

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