13 Best Korean Language Instruction

List Updated June 2020

Bestselling Korean Language Instruction in 2020


The Korean Language (Cambridge Language Surveys)

The Korean Language (Cambridge Language Surveys)
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020
  • Used Book in Good Condition

Korean Made Simple: A beginner's guide to learning the Korean language

Korean Made Simple: A beginner's guide to learning the Korean language
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020

Korean For Dummies

Korean For Dummies
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020

Integrated Korean: Beginning 1, 2nd Edition (Klear Textbooks in Korean Language) (digital textbook)

Integrated Korean: Beginning 1, 2nd Edition (Klear Textbooks in Korean Language) (digital textbook)
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020

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

Living Language Korean, Complete Edition: Beginner through advanced course, including 3 coursebooks, 9 audio CDs, Korean reading & writing guide, and free online learning
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020

Korean Made Simple 2: The next step in learning the Korean language

Korean Made Simple 2: The next step in learning the Korean language
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020

Integrated Korean Workbook: Beginning 2, 2nd Edition (Klear Textbooks in Korean Language)

Integrated Korean Workbook: Beginning 2, 2nd Edition (Klear Textbooks in Korean Language)
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020
  • University of Hawaii Press

Korean Flash Cards Kit Ebook: Learn 1,000 Basic Korean Words and Phrases Quickly and Easily! (Hangul & Romanized Forms) (Downloadable Audio Included)

Korean Flash Cards Kit Ebook: Learn 1,000 Basic Korean Words and Phrases Quickly and Easily! (Hangul & Romanized Forms) (Downloadable Audio Included)
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020

Korean Slang: As Much as a Rat's Tail: Learn Korean Language and Culture through Slang, Invective and Euphemism

Korean Slang: As Much as a Rat's Tail: Learn Korean Language and Culture through Slang, Invective and Euphemism
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020

Read and Speak Korean for Beginners, Third Edition (Read & Speak)

Read and Speak Korean for Beginners, Third Edition (Read & Speak)
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020

Byki Korean Language Tutor Software & Audio Learning CD-ROM for Windows & Mac

Byki Korean Language Tutor Software & Audio Learning CD-ROM for Windows & Mac
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2020

In here, out there! Igos-eseo, jeo bakk-eulo!: Children's Picture Book English-Korean (Bilingual Edition/Dual Language) (English and Korean Edition)

In here, out there! Igos-eseo, jeo bakk-eulo!: Children's Picture Book English-Korean (Bilingual Edition/Dual Language) (English and Korean Edition)
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2020

Instant Korean: How to Express Over 1,000 Different Ideas with Just 100 Key Words and Phrases! (A Korean Language Phrasebook) (Instant Phrasebook Series)

Instant Korean: How to Express Over 1,000 Different Ideas with Just 100 Key Words and Phrases! (A Korean Language Phrasebook) (Instant Phrasebook Series)
BESTSELLER NO. 13 in 2020

Language Learning : My Outline in Learning Korean

In learning a new language, it is important that you have an outline on how you will study it. Let me share my outline in learning the Korean language.

Since Korea has its own alphabet, Hangul, before anything else you should try to be familiar with it. I'm actually telling you now that in just an hour, I already knew how to make syllables and can read Korean very slowly. It's not that difficult although you need a lot of practice to be able to read faster and faster. There are hundreds of syllable combinations out there but as the time pass by, you'll be familiar with a lot of them.

Now that you know how to read, the next step is to familiarize yourself with the sentence pattern. The pattern is Subject-Object-Verb. In English, we use the Subject-Verb-Object pattern. For example, I can say "I go to work". "I" is the subject, "go" is the verb, and "to work" is the object. So in Korean, the pattern is "I to work go." This is actually crucial especially if you're used to the SVO pattern. If you don't familiar yourself with the Korean pattern SOV, confusion will be you're worse challenge.

Then, study the different verb and adjective formations as they are usually the sentence-enders. Learn the tenses and different forms including irregular ones. Most importantly, try to familiarize yourself with the polite form of the verbs and adjectives. Korean has polite forms (formal and informal) and a casual form of speech. You only use the casual form with very close or intimate friends and family members. For the rest, you must use the polite form or else you'll be considered really rude. It can be confusing if you study them at the same time.

Familiarize yourself with the articles and particles. These syllables or words determine the use of the words before it. Just like "ro" which means with or by means of something. So if you say "pihaenggi-ro" ("pihaenggi" means airplane), it literally means "by plane". There are numerous articles and particles but don't worry though, you'll be familiar with most of them especially the more common ones.

Don't bother yourself too much with pronunciation. That will come naturally as you practice. So when you talk with someone in Korean, it's always better to talk slowly but clearly. A simple mispronunciation can lead to a whole new meaning. After studying the basics, you can then move on to more colloquial grammar and the casual style.

You can always practice on your own but you'd probably get confused if you encounter something new. So I'd suggest you practice after you've studied the basics of the grammar. Watch TV shows such as the ever popular South Korean variety shows and dramas, listen to Korean songs, read online Korean contents, etc. And then, just be consistent in your practice. Don't stop for long periods such as a few weeks or more. You'd probably have to brush up with your lessons again.

You may follow my guide but you can always do your own structure. You can use mine as a basis or somebody else's. It is totally up to you on what you think would work for you. But I really implore that you follow a structure on your own and not just translate away using your dictionary. Knowing the foundations of the language will be your best asset in learning a new language.

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