Today I’m going to introduce a Korean textbook for advanced level that I absolutely love: Korean Grammar in Use – Advanced, published by Darakwon. I got the Japanese version because it’s easier to learn Korean through Japanese due to their similarity in word orders. English and Chinese version are also available.
To tell the conclusion first, I really recommend this book if you’re interested in learning advanced level Korean grammar. Advanced books with translation are rare, and this book is one of the best ones because unlike many other advanced level textbooks out there, it’s also self-learner friendly. No classroom activities that you can’t do alone and make you think you’re missing something because you’re not learning in a classroom setting. It has answer keys for self-check. It has audio CD with natural speed so you can also practice listening even though it’s a grammar book. So when you’re ready for advanced Korean, consider this book first before you get any other book.
I think Darakwon provides free audio download on the website so maybe you want to check the audio first. This book is relatively new, are the audio files for this book available on the website? I haven’t checked.
The first pages… you get the usual introduction pages from the authors and how to use this book. The pages are written in Korean and Japanese.
How to Use This Book. It tells you why the book is structured in this certain way by the authors.
The grammars are divided into chapters according to similarity in function. There are 22 chapters, and about 80 something grammars explained.
Every chapter starts with this purple intoductory page.
First, you get a conversation with the grammar. See the CD mark that lets you know that corresponding audio is available.
Translation of the conversation is available in smaller fonts on the lower part of the page. Before the translation, comes grammar explanation and sample sentences, in Korean and its translation.
If there are other things related to the grammar, you can read them on an additional section (Let’s Know More). Not all grammars have this section. Oh, and the translation of the sample sentences in this section are not provided. I wonder why.
Next, you get exercises to use your newly learned grammar. So it’s not merely a grammar reference book, it’s a legit textbook with exercises to master grammar.
The exercises part consist of 2 parts. First, the one called “이럴 때는 어떻게 말할까요?” is a practice in making conversations, with audio. This part also has a vocabulary list, and a colorful illustration.
The answer key for this part is on the script pages. This part doesn’t have translation.
Next part, you get questions to make sure you can make the right conjugations, and learn other usages of the grammar. This part is also without translation.
At the end of the chapter, another type of practice questions is provided, this time to make sure you know the differences of all the grammars explained in the chapter. Because they have similar function, it can be confusing if you haven’t mastered them.
From this question,
I find out that I didn’t remember that -느니 can only be used with verbs. So the questions are really well thought out by the authors.
I have only finished the first chapter. I plan to finish the book in 85 days or so because I can only handle 1 grammar a day. Shall I make a 90-day challenge for myself?
I bought my copy from twoChois.com. ###