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Leurre
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 Message 25 of 35
27 June 2011 at 7:40am | IP Logged 
Hiya,
I did the first four books of Integrated Korean, after which I switched to 이화여자대학
교's books: all in Korean, much better for assimilating vocabulary. Those are the only
two series I have tried in Korean (and all of them were in a classroom). Integrated is
pretty good for grammar, but doesn't offer many exercises or ways to test your knowledge
(except in the sold separately workbook, if I remember correctly). The 이대 books are
much much better in my experience, but maybe after one has a solid grasp of the
fundamentals.
I do hear good things about the 가나다 Korean book though.
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liddytime
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 Message 26 of 35
27 June 2011 at 3:08pm | IP Logged 
Po-ru wrote:

Definitely don't get discouraged and set back by what seems a lack of progress. This
can be said for any language, but after studying several languages myself, I can
honestly say Korean has been the biggest challenge.   


@Po-ru and @Leurre Thanks for your responses!   

Yes, it is somewhat disheartening to pick up Italian and be near a level 3 after 3 months ( After learning Spanish and Portuguese however), then realize after 2 months of Korean you
are still not much past "anneyong haseyo!"

Hungarian and Turkish seem like a walk in the park compared to
Korean.   Non-challenges are boring though, right?!?

Where does one find the 가나다 course that I have heard so much about?

Edited by liddytime on 27 June 2011 at 3:09pm

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Warp3
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 Message 27 of 35
27 June 2011 at 5:25pm | IP Logged 
HanBooks (in California) lists the 가나다 (Ganada) books in their "Let's Learn Korean" section: http://www.hanbooks.com/kolate1.html

They also have the 서강 (Sogang) and 연세 (Yonsei) series, about which I've also read good things. Shanna from HangukDrama (the blog of a girl from Singapore who has been studying Korean for several years now) in particular has often expressed her preference for the 연세 series.

I've been tempted to dive into the 연세 series myself, but the price seems a bit steep when you add together the cost of all 6 lesson books, 6 workbooks, and 5 reading comprehension books.
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liddytime
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 Message 28 of 35
28 June 2011 at 12:10pm | IP Logged 
Warp3 wrote:
HanBooks (in California) lists the 가나다 (Ganada) books in their "Let's Learn Korean" section:
http://www.hanbooks.com/kolate1.html

They also have the 서강 (Sogang) and 연세 (Yonsei) series, about which I've also read good things. Shanna from
HangukDrama (the blog of a girl from Singapore who has been studying Korean for several years now) in
particular has often expressed her preference for the 연세 series.

I've been tempted to dive into the 연세 series myself, but the price seems a bit steep when you add together the
cost of all 6 lesson books, 6 workbooks, and 5 reading comprehension books.


Han Books! What a great site! Thanks for the links!

... now to continue up the steep mountain that is Korean ... :-)
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Minya
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 Message 29 of 35
29 June 2011 at 3:14am | IP Logged 
Yeah I just found hanbooks and it is awesome. :D

btw, if anyone hasn't watched her videos, watch them!! http://www.youtube.com/user/expatkerri

She is the one who motivated me to learn Korean. :D
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emkaos
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 Message 30 of 35
05 July 2011 at 12:29pm | IP Logged 
http://www.seoulselection.com/ sells Korean textbooks pretty cheap.
You have to select the international bookstore not the US one.
I don't know how much the shipping to the US is, though.

Edited by emkaos on 06 July 2011 at 1:23am

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Sanghee
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 Message 31 of 35
05 July 2011 at 9:50pm | IP Logged 
I wanted to say that I've purchased from both Hanbooks and from Seoul Selection. I live in the USA and Hanbooks was very cheap and quick shipping [2-3 days] and Seoul Selection was very expensive shipping [shipping cost almost as much as my actual purchase] and it took about a month. I will state that I should have used the USA section of that site to purchase, but somehow I missed it so I had used the international one, and the USA shipping probably would have been cheaper and quicker.

Edit: Actually, I just checked out the USA portion of the site, and it doesn't contain the books that I bought. The same books were on Hanbooks, and although they are more expensive on Hanbooks, the shipping would be quicker and cheaper. The shipping was so expensive from Seoul Selection that it ended up costing more than if I had bought from Hanbooks. However, it'd still be a good option if Hanbooks doesn't sell what you want to buy.

Edited by Sanghee on 05 July 2011 at 9:55pm

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emkaos
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 Message 32 of 35
06 July 2011 at 1:40am | IP Logged 
I didn't try Hanbook because for me the shipping is expensive too.

I did try Seoul Selection and as far as I remember it was pretty fast. But yes the shipping is expensive.

If you live in the US and can read Korean there are also
http://www.aladinusa.com/
http://koreanbookcenter.us/

They both have a far greater variety of Korean books than hanbooks. And they should ship for free or nearly free inside the USA.

The only european bookstore for Korean books I know is ridiculously expensive
http://koreanbooks.de/

So I order directly by http://yes24.com
I think it's the Korean amazon. Shipping is expensive but they have everything and it usually ships in 3 days from Korea to Germany. So this may be an option for people outside the USA.



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