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BOOK GIVEAWAY: Essential Korean Vocabulary from Tuttle Publishing

Recently, I’ve run a number of posts on

  1. Vocabulary acquisition
  2. Flashcard creation
  3. Memory upgrading tips

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!

These Giveaways will run every few weeks over the course of the next few months and the best way for you to stay updated about them is to SUBSCRIBE to our mailing list.

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:


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:

  1. Tuttle Pocket Korean Dictionary (Tuttle, 2015)
  2. Dictionary of Korean Idioms (Moonyerim, 2013)
  3. Tuttle Learner’s Korean-English Dictionary (Tuttle, 2012)
  4. 500 Basic Korean Verbs (Tuttle – 2nd Edition, 2012)
  5. Korean for Beginners (Tuttle, 2010)
  6. Teach Yourself Hangul By Video (Sotong, 2010)
  7. 500 Basic Korean Adjectives (Sotong, 2009)
  8. 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!

  1. It contains 8,000 common words & phrases
  2. Each item is ranked from Beginner to Advanced Level
  3. 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:

  1. Human Life
  2. The Human Body
  3. Daily Activities
  4. Movement
  5. Health and Medicine
  6. Feelings
  7. Thoughts
  8. Actions
  9. Describing People
  10. Speaking
  11. Language
  12. Clothing and Shopping
  13. Food and Eating
  14. Living Arrangements
  15. Family and Social Relations
  16. Education, School, and Study
  17. Work and the Workplace
  18. Leisure and Sports
  19. Arts, Music, Literature
  20. Nations and Politics
  21. Law and Order
  22. National Defense
  23. Society
  24. Culture and Religion
  25. Industries
  26. The Economy
  27. Communications
  28. Traffic, Modes of Transportation
  29. The Universe and Nature
  30. Plants and Animals
  31. Time and Time Concepts
  32. Locations and Directions
  33. Describing Objects
  34. Numbers and Quantities
  35. General Concepts
  36. Structural Words

Check out the Gallery of preview images below (courtesy of for more info.

#5: The book also contains THREE separate indexes to help you quickly find words you need to look up:

  1. Romanized Index (page 337)
  2. English Index (page 361)
  3. 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.

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  1. Hey havea good evening, I want to interest to get the new book for more to learn about korean language and culture.

    1. Just sent out the mail tonight. Sorry for the delay – working an intensive summer English camp now that keeps me very busy.

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