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Lacking motivation?

It's tough to stay motivated when you're learning a new language.

An easy way to restart your motivation is to try something new.

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Something New

Writing Conversational Korean For Beginners

 is the only book of it's kind.

It's completely unique and we're really proud of it!

Completely Unique

It's the only book made for beginners that's designed around making personalized sentences.

In the book we give you writing prompts and gently guide you through the process of answering them in your own words.

"What's your favorite season?"

"Do you prefer cats or dogs?"

"What are you worried about lately?"

With this book, you get help answering these questions yourself!

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Learn More Effectively

This book gets you writing personalized sentences.

And when you make personalized sentences using language that's relevant to you, you are more engaged with what you are learning.

You're more likely to retain the information and learn more effectively.

Improve Your...

Writing Skills: by creating your own sentences

Grammar Skills: by solving practice problems

Vocab Skills: by using vocab tables and using your own

Reading Skills: by reading example answers

Conversation Skills: read an example conversation and learn natural expressions

General Knowledge: each chapter also contains interesting information about Korea 

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Gentle Guidance

We don't throw you in the deep end.

On every page we offer support and guidance to help you answer the writing prompt.

This includes:

  Recommended vocabulary

Sentence breakdowns

Grammar explanations

Example sentences

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Fun & Effective

Overall this book is a fun, unique way to practice your Korean.

It's perfect for beginners who know how to read and write, but would like more practice with understanding and creating their own sentences.

Even if you're not a beginner, but you'd still like to practice your sentence building, this book is great for you.

who made this book?

This book is a combined effort between three people: Chelsea Guerra, Katarina Pollock, and Yujin Kim.

 

Together the three of us make up Gooseapple Books: a small, women-owned business established in 2021.

To learn more about us, check out this page, or check us out on social media.

 

We also have over 90,000 followers on TikTok!

  • Instagram
  • YouTube
  • TikTok
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Why'd you make this booK?

In 2021, Chelsea and Katarina came across all these fun English writing prompt books and we thought;

"why doesn't this exist in Korean?"

This lead to a year-long project which became Writing Conversational Korean (our intermediate book series).

Yujin came on board to help with the book design and illustrations, and provide her language assistance.

After we published Writing Conversational Korean (Intermediate), we had a lot of people contact us and say;

"that book looks great - but I can't use it yet. Do you have something for beginners?"

That led us to another year long-project which ultimately became this book:

Writing Conversational Korean For Beginners!

We thought long and hard about how to design it for beginners, and it was a huge group effort to pull it off. 

But we're really proud of how it turned out.

♡ We hope you like it ♡

REVIEWS

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"I got two PDFs for beginners: Conversational Korean Grammar and Writing Conversational Korean For Beginners. I use both books simultaneously.

I was so surprisingly shocked by the visuals and details and the teaching approach of the books. The illustrations are beautiful and captivating. Everything is color coded and easier to learn for visual learners like me. The rules are greatly explained. Most importantly the books teach you in such a way to write naturally and you learn how to use complex, connecting sentences from the start.

 

I used many other textbooks before and my main issue as a beginner that I may know many words but I could never write a cohesive, beautiful paragraph that sounds “smart”. I believe that even beginners should be taught how to write beautifully. And those books teach you that."

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- Nastya Zhukova

December 30th, 2022

How does it work?

1. See a fun prompt

English translation of the prompt

Each chapter follows the same layout.

The first page introduces the prompt that you will use in the chapter. Here the prompt is "무슨일일 하세요?" or "what do you do for work?"

Prompt for the chapter

Vocab & Grammar breakdown of the prompt

2. Read an example answer

The second page shows you a simple, but natural answer to the prompt.

There is also a vocabulary and grammar breakdown to help you understand how the sentences are constructed.

The grammar is color-coded to match our Grammar Book: Conversational Korean Grammar.

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Simple, natural Korean answer to the prompt

Complete vocab & grammar breakdown

Natural English translation

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Additional example sentences

More detailed grammar explanation

Identifying 

grammar components

3. Understand complex grammar

Even beginners can use + understand more complex grammar.

The most complex sentence from the page before is taken and we take time explaining the working parts.

We also give example sentences so you can see the grammar forms used in other ways.

4. Practice your translating

On the fourth page we focus on one grammar form.

You can scan the QR code to see a short grammar lesson (a page from Conversational Korean Grammar) and then attempt the translation exercises.

Correct answers are upside-down at the bottom of the page!

Upside-down answers

Simple grammar explanation

Translation exercises

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QR Code to grammar lesson

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Useful vocabulary

5. Learn new vocab

Next we show you a vocab list. 

You don't have to learn all thisvocab, but it's there to help you write your own sentences.

6 & 7. Practice making your own sentences

On the fourth page we focus on one grammar form.

You can scan the QR code to see a short grammar lesson (a page from Conversational Korean Grammar) and then attempt the translation exercises.

Correct answers are upside-down at the bottom of the page!

Sentence examples

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Questions related to the prompt

Space to write 

simple sentences

8. Practice writing your own paragraph

Now we ask you to take the sentences you made on the previous pages and combine them into one complete paragraph.

This exercise helps you make a well-developed and fully-fledged answer to the overall prompt.

We encourage you to get your writing checked (by a teacher or on an app like HelloTalk) and write a corrected paragraph below.

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Get your answer corrected and your corrected paragraph here

Write your own paragraph answer!

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Example 

conversation

Cute

illustration

9. Conversation in context

Experience the prompt used in the context of a conversation.

 

On this page we show a simple, yet natural conversation between two people about the prompt.

10. Learn about Korea

Some words in Korean don't have good English translations. They are specific to the Korean country and culture.

 

We spend special time with these words to help you understand their meaning.

Beautiful illustration

Explanation of

country and culture

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Key word

Sample Pages: Chapter TWO