Recently, I’ve run a number of posts on
In conjunction with this, I’ve also been in contact with a representative at Tuttle Publishing who’s offered to make a number of Tuttle’s Korean books available to our audience as FREE GIVEAWAYS!
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The first Giveaway is for Tuttle’s Essential Korean Vocabulary written by KyuByung Park. This is a GREAT resource to get to work on memorizing Korean vocabulary using some of the methods I mentioned above!
Why we love this book:
#1: It’s BRAND SPANKING NEW!
This book was just published on June 9, 2015 – so is one of the latest and NEWEST editions to the plethora of vocabulary books already on the market.
#2: It’s written by Kyubyong Park – a researcher and professional writer who has published numerous other Korean texts including:
- Tuttle Pocket Korean Dictionary (Tuttle, 2015)
- Dictionary of Korean Idioms (Moonyerim, 2013)
- Tuttle Learner’s Korean-English Dictionary (Tuttle, 2012)
- 500 Basic Korean Verbs (Tuttle – 2nd Edition, 2012)
- Korean for Beginners (Tuttle, 2010)
- Teach Yourself Hangul By Video (Sotong, 2010)
- 500 Basic Korean Adjectives (Sotong, 2009)
- Survival Korean Vocabulary (Nexus, 2007)
Here’s more from his bio on the back of the book:
Kyubyong Park worked for several years as an editor at an educational publishing company focusing on language learning, before returning to academia to pursue a graduate degree in linguistics at University of Hawaii at Manoa.
#3: It’s an UPGRADED 6000 word vocabulary Frequency list!
- It contains 8,000 common words & phrases
- Each item is ranked from Beginner to Advanced Level
- It includes idioms, cultural notes, usage notes, grammar notes, and word clusters
#4: It’s a SUBJECT DICTIONARY broken down into 36 different themed sections.
This makes it the IDEAL book to learn vocabulary to use in various situations and subject matters. The 36 sections include:
- Human Life
- The Human Body
- Daily Activities
- Health and Medicine
- Describing People
- Clothing and Shopping
- Food and Eating
- Living Arrangements
- Family and Social Relations
- Education, School, and Study
- Work and the Workplace
- Leisure and Sports
- Arts, Music, Literature
- Nations and Politics
- Law and Order
- National Defense
- Culture and Religion
- The Economy
- Traffic, Modes of Transportation
- The Universe and Nature
- Plants and Animals
- Time and Time Concepts
- Locations and Directions
- Describing Objects
- Numbers and Quantities
- General Concepts
- Structural Words
Check out the Gallery of preview images below (courtesy of Amazon.com) for more info.
#5: The book also contains THREE separate indexes to help you quickly find words you need to look up:
- Romanized Index (page 337)
- English Index (page 361)
- Hangul Index (online)
The ONLY disadvantage to this book is that the Hangul Index is not included within the book itself. It is available for download from Tuttle Publishing online, but the Romanized index is only really useful for Beginners – more advanced students will benefit more from the Hangul index.