You Speak Korean! - Intermediate BooksPhoto via Amazon. Interested in learning Korean, but not sure where to start? A comprehensive, thorough Korean book can help you learn the basics. If you can, try to find someone who is a native speaker. A Korean language teacher can help you learn grammar and pronunciation, and he or she can also explain language levels and cultural differences. There are some great resources out there, if you know where to look. Here are some of the best Korean books for beginners.
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She translated The Vegetarian , mentioned below. Kang, daughter of a well-known writer, is a star in Korea, and The Vegetarian —three connected novellas published in a single volume—is her first to be translated into English. But while scenes like that are often played for humor in American pop culture Lisa Simpson, anyone? But her novel focuses on the Korean immigrant experience in America through the story of a young woman whose parents are murdered in the bodega they manage. Kim nails the voice of a woman wedged between two cultures, not sure whether she really belongs in either. The short story is a highly prestigious form in Korea, and Lee puts a very modern stamp on the age-old format. The basic plot of the novel is that an old woman goes missing after disappearing at a Seoul subway station, and her family goes looking for her.
Jeong You-jeong is regarded as one of the top mystery and crime writers in her native South Korea and has even drawn comparisons with United States' Stephen King. And she easily justifies this billing in The Good Son - her fourth novel and the first to be translated into English. It is a slow-burn crime thriller that is not just a powerful page-turner, but succeeds in worming its way under your skin. Kim Chi-young, the translator, does a splendid job with the haunting source material and the novel has been listed as a "Summer Must Read" by the likes of Entertainment Weekly and Vulture, and was also featured on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Jeong, who was trained as a nurse, writes with such controlled clinical precision that the reader is transported into the mind of the narrator and the titular "Good Son", year-old Han Yu-jin. Han, a swim champ on the verge of making the national team, is forced to abandon his dreams as he is prone to bouts of epileptic seizures. He now aspires to become a lawyer.
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You could be planning on moving to Korea, or you might have just always had an interest in learning another language. Regardless of why you might be interested in learning Korean, you could be thinking about using a book to get started. With all of the books that are out there about the Korean language and about learning another language in general, it can be tough to know which one to try. We are here to help you choose the perfect book to help you get started. There are a few different things that you should look for when searching for a textbook that can help you learn Korean.