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What makes it special?

Designed for beginners

This is the only book (that we know of!) designed around prompts for beginners.

Language you can use

When you use this book to study Korean, you learn and use the language relevant to yourself and your life, instead of the language someone else decides you should know.

Learn more effectively

When you make sentences relevant to you, using grammar and vocabulary you actually need, you retain more and learn more effectively.

More than just language

You can't learn a language without learning a little bit about the culture.

Each chapter has a natural conversation and interesting information about Korean society and culture.

How does it work?

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1. Read the Prompt

We carefully selected simple prompts for you to answer in Korean.

There are 24 prompts in total, including:

"What do you do for work?"

"What's your favorite season?"

"Do you prefer cats or dogs?"

2. Read an Example Answer

The example answers are simple, yet natural.

Below the example answer is a grammar and vocabulary breakdown.

All the vocabulary is listed (split into three groups; nouns, action verbs, and descriptive verbs) and all the grammar is color-coded to match our Grammar Book "Conversational Korean Grammar."

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3. See Grammar Explained

Next, we take one sentence from the example answer and break it down. We explain the individual grammar components and how they are used to create meaning.

4. Practice Your Grammar

We give you one grammar form to focus on and give you practice problems to work through.

Answers are provided upside-down at the bottom of the page.

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5. Practice Your Writing

To warm up your writing skills, we first provide additional questions.

For example, for the prompt, "what are your hobbies?" we also ask:

  • When did you start this hobby?

  • How often do you do your hobby?

  • Why do you like this hobby?

This helps you develop and expand your answer to the prompt.

6. Get Your Writing Corrected

We ask you to write your answer to the prompt in a complete paragraph.

 

Then, you are tasked with getting your answer checked and corrected by a native speaker (we recommend HelloTalk unless you have a teacher, tutor or friend to assist you).

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7. Read a Conversation

Read a conversation that is simple, yet natural.

See the vocab and grammar used in context, and learn natural expressions.

8. Learn about Korea

At the end of each chapter is a page talking about something specific to Korean culture or society.

Usually these are words or concepts that do not have perfect English translations and need more explanation in order for you to understand their meaning.

Learn about things like 장마철 (the rainy season), 학원 (learning academies) and 호캉스 (Korean staycations).

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Complete Chapter List

  1. 무슨 일을 하세요?      
    What do you do for work? / What’s your job?

  2. 어떤 계절을 가장 좋아하세요?      
    What’s your favorite season?

  3. 취미가 뭐예요?      
    What are your hobbies?

  4. 베이킹을 할 수 있어요?      
    Can you bake?

  5. 무엇으로 하루를 시작해요?      
    What do you do to start your day?

  6. 한국에 가 본 적이 있나요?      
    Have you ever been to Korea?

  7. 여행하는 것을 좋아하세요?      
    Do you like traveling?

  8. 보통 건강을 위해 뭘 하세요?      
    What do you usually do for your health?

  9. 가장 싫어하는 집안일은 무엇인가요?      
    What chore do you hate the most?

  10. 제일 좋아하는 명절은 뭐예요?      
    What's your favorite holiday?

  11. 요리하는 것을 좋아하세요?      
    Do you like to cook?

  12. 최근에 어떤 고민이 있어요?      
    What are you worried about lately?

  13. 어떤 종류의 음악을 좋아하세요?      
    What kind of music do you like?

  14. 보통 어떻게 운동을 하나요?      
    How do you usually exercise?

  15. 병원에 입원한 적이 있어요?      
    Have you ever been hospitalized?

  16. 이상형은 어떤 사람이에요?      
    What kind of person is your ideal type?

  17. 어떤 것을 가르칠 수 있어요?      
    What can you teach?

  18. 여름에 즐겨하는 것이 뭐예요?      
    What do you enjoy doing in the summer?

  19. 영화를 보면 자주 울어요?      
    Do you often cry when you watch movies?

  20. 파티에 가는 것을 좋아하세요?      
    Do you like to go to parties?

  21. 개와 고양이 중에 어떤 동물을 좋아해요?      
    Do you prefer dogs or cats?

  22. 싫어하는 음식은 뭐예요?      
    What foods do you hate?

  23. 혼자서 살고 싶어요?      
    Do you want to live alone?

  24. 아침형 인간이에요? 저녁형 인간이에요?      
    Are you a morning person or a night owl?