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Best Korean Language Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf

Our list of some of the best Korean Language books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.

1. Korean Made Simple: A beginner’s guide to learning the Korean language (2014)

Best Korean Language Books that Should be on Your BookshelfKorean 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…
Author(s): Billy Go

2. Talk To Me In Korean Level 1 (Downloadable Audio Files Included) (English and Korean Edition) (2015)

Best Korean Language Books that Should be on Your BookshelfTalk 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. Level 1 focuses more on conversation and the spoken style of the language rather than…
Author(s): TalkToMeInKorean

3. Living Language Korean, Complete Edition: Beginner through advanced course, including 3 coursebooks, 9 audio CDs, Korean reading & writing guide, and free online learning (2013)

Best Korean Language Books that Should be on Your BookshelfKorean, 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.    • 46 lessons,…
Author(s): Living Language, Jaemin Roh

4. Korean From Zero! 1: Master the Korean Language and Hangul Writing System with Integrated Workbook and Online Course (Volume 1) (2014)

Best Korean Language Books that Should be on Your BookshelfKorean 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! is the perfect course for current students of Korean as well as absolute beginners. * Over 600 New Words and Expressions* Learn to Read and Write Hangul* Extensive Grammar* 90 Adjectives and Verbs Detailed* Bilingual Glossaries with Hangul and English …and much more…
Author(s): George Trombley, Reed Bullen, et al.

5. Beginner Hangul Writing Practice Workbook: Learn To Read The Korean Alphabet and Practice Your Penmanship In This Notebook (Learning Korean) (2019)

Best Korean Language Books that Should be on Your BookshelfThis book has been deisgned with both beginners and intermediate Korean learners in mind. It is for this reason that this book starts by introducing each vowel along with its correct stroke order and pronounciation. The following page contains the same details about the Consonants in the Korean alphabet along with the name of each letter. These are to be memorized and referred to whenever you find yourself stuck.After these pages you will find a challenge worksheets where you will be tested on the pronounciation (and name for consonants) of each letter….
Author(s): Sean Lee

6. Integrated Korean: Beginning 1, 2nd Edition (Klear Textbooks in Korean Language) (2009)

Best Korean Language Books that Should be on Your BookshelfThis 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…
Author(s): Young-Mee Cho , Hyo Sang Lee, et al.

7. Let’s Speak Korean: Learn Over 1,400+ Expressions Quickly and Easily With Pronunciation & Grammar Guide Marks – Just Listen, Repeat, and Learn! (2018)

Best Korean Language Books that Should be on Your BookshelfLET’S SPEAK KOREAN w/ AUDIO TRACKS – Learn Over 1,400+ Korean Expressions From 21 Topics Quickly and EasilyJust Listen, Repeat, and Learn!Want to learn to speak Korean quickly and easily? Let’s Speak Korean is the perfect solution! Whether you are a K-Pop/K-Drama fanatic or just someone trying to pick up some useful expressions before going on a trip to Korea, this book surely will be a great resource!This book contains over 1,400 daily expressions from 21 different topics and situations, and is designed in a way that anyone with no knowledge in Korean can learn and use…
Author(s): Fandom Media

8. Korean Stories For Language Learners: Traditional Folktales in Korean and English (Free Audio CD Included) (2018)

Best Korean Language Books that Should be on Your BookshelfKorean Stories for Language Learners introduces 42 traditional Korean folktales with bilingual Korean and English versions, presented on facing pages, together with detailed notes and exercises aimed at beginning learners of the language. The book can be used as a reader in first- and second-year Korean language courses or by anyone who wishes to learn about Korean folktales and traditional Korean culture.This elegantly illustrated volume is designed to help language learners expand their vocabulary and to develop a basic familiarity with Korean culture. The stories gradually increase in length and complexity throughout the book…
Author(s): Julie Damron, EunSun You

9. Korean Grammar for Speaking Learning Korean Language (2016)

Best Korean Language Books that Should be on Your BookshelfSong Won’s Korean Grammar for Speaking is the quintessential text for learning how to speak and write Korean. As a proven, passionate, and dedicated teacher, Song Won has perfected his language learning system in the classroom. Now, he’s finally put those same methods into an informative, easy-to-understand textbook. Korean Grammar for Speaking is methodically organized and broken down into separate units. In the beginning, students will build a foundation by learning how to read, write, and pronounce Hangul (the Korean alphabet). From there, students…
Author(s): Song Won

10. KOREAN MASTER KEY HANGEUL PHONICS: Intensive Training Course to Improve Korean Language Skills for Foreigners (2019)

Best Korean Language Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf▷ This book is published in the hope of creating a textbook that is worth recommending to foreign learners who are beginning to study Korean. ▷ Since it contains not only information about the Korean alphabet but also background information about the language and details about variously pronounced linking sounds, it will help you not only to recognize the letters but also actually to read and listen to Korean. ▷ This book is scientific but not difficult; accurate but fun. The letters in each unit are significant from the order of their presentation, and detailed information about each letter…
Author(s): Key Education R&D Center

11. Korean for Beginners: Mastering Conversational Korean (CD-ROM Included) (2010)

Best Korean Language Books that Should be on Your BookshelfThe 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…
Author(s): Amen IV, Henry J., Kyubyong Park

12. Let’s Study Korean: Complete Practice Work Book for Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary and Reading Comprehension With Over 600 Questions (2017)

Best Korean Language Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf*NEW UPDATED EDITION 01/20/2019*Due to the high demand for English translations for the questions provided in the book, we are releasing the updated edition of the book in which you will find English translations for the questions. We feel certain that this update will help you study Korean more efficiently and effectively, and we will continue to make improvements. Thank you for your support!*NEW UPDATED EDITION 05/20/2018*Let’s Study Korean – Complete Work Book for Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, and Reading Comprehension is an essential supplement for your…
Author(s): Bridge Education

13. Integrated Korean Workbook: Beginning 1, 2nd Edition (Klear Textbooks in Korean Language) (2009)

Best Korean Language Books that Should be on Your BookshelfThis workbook accompanies the 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…
Author(s): Mee-Jeong Park, Joowon Suh, et al.

14. Lonely Planet Korean Phrasebook & Dictionary (2016)

Best Korean Language Books that Should be on Your BookshelfLonely Planet: The world’s #1 phrasebook publisher* is your handy passport to culturally enriching travels with the most relevant and useful Korean phrases and vocabulary for all your travel needs. Order kim chi like a local, get in-the-know recommendations of the best sights and things to do and buy souvenirs with ease; all with your trusted travel companion. With language tools in your back pocket, you can truly get to the heart of wherever you go, so begin your journey now! a pocket-sized comprehensive language guide, provides on-the-go language assistance; great for language students and travellers…
Author(s): Lonely Planet, Minkyoung Kim, et al.

Best Korean Language Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some korean language books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

The Korean language reform of 1446

Author(s): Gari K. Ledyard.
Publisher: Singu Munhwasa, Year: [1998], Size: 31 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1324113

The Syntax and Semantics of Noun Modifiers and the Theory of Universal Grammar: A Korean Perspective

Author(s): Min-Joo Kim
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 28 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2354657

Second Language Acquisition as a Mode-Switching Process: An Empirical Analysis of Korean Learners of English

Author(s): Sooho Song
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK, Year: 2018, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2203546

The Sociocultural Activity of High Stakes Standardised Language Testing: TOEIC Washback in a South Korean Context

Author(s): Dawn Karen Booth
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2018, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2203928

Writing Systems, Reading Processes, and Cross-Linguistic Influences: Reflections from the Chinese, Japanese and Korean Languages

Author(s): Hye K. Pae (Editor)
Publisher: John Benjamins, Year: 2018, Size: 9 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2284992

Certificate in Korean Language and Culture (CKLC)

Author(s): IGNOU
Publisher: Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), Year: 2018, Size: 171 Mb, Download: zip
ID: 2322764

Korean Stories for Language Learners: Traditional Folktales in Korean and English

Author(s): Julie Damron, EunSun You
Publisher: Tuttle, Year: 2018, Size: 11 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2368181

Korean Language for Beginners

Author(s): Andrea De Benedittis
Publisher: Seoul Selection, Year: 2016, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2202115

Korean Made Simple 3: Continuing your journey of learning the Korean language

Author(s): Billy Go
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Year: 2016, Size: 965 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2223456

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are really hot items according to The Wall Street Journal, others are composed by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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