[Korean Textbook Review] Korean Slang Expressions (한국어 슬랭 표현집)

Today I will review a newly published textbook by Talk To Me In Korean: Korean Slang Expressions (한국어 슬랭 표현집). I’ve just received the book yesterday afternoon and I’ve already finished reading it. That’s how much I like it. The book is really fun to read, the layout is simple and pretty, and you can fly through the pages quickly.

I bought it for about 300,000 rupiah. *Sigh*. Somebody, please stop rupiah from weakening against dollar.

Korean Slang Expressions (한국어 슬랭 표현집) by Talk To Me In Korean

Korean Slang Expressions (한국어 슬랭 표현집) by Talk To Me In Korean

So excited when I got it. The book is very pretty and looks easy to study with.

The back cover of the book looks like this.

The back cover of the book looks like this.

So in the past TTMIK published 2 e-books “Slang Expressions in Korean” volume 1 and 2 which were so popular that they decided to combine them into one book and published it in paperback… I assume. ^^ New illustrations are added for your reading pleasure.

From this new book, you can learn 60 Korean slang expressions which are commonly used in daily life.

First 30 expressions are in red theme, and the other 30 are in blue theme. ←어떻게 표현하면 좋을지 모르겠어요.

An entry in the red pages looks like this.

An entry in the red pages looks like this.

An entry in the blue pages looks like this.

An entry in the blue pages looks like this.

First, the origin of the term is explained in plain English, and then you can see how it’s conjugated into adverb form, noun + verb, etc., then you get 2 or 3 simple sentences, and then one sample dialog, all with English translation. I think it’s great that the book gives short sentences that are all seem useful in (casual) conversations. Because even though I already knew many of the terms before -like 작퉁 (=fake branded goods) from TV news, 눈이 맞다 (=fall in love) from Korean drama (“아니, 어떻게 하고 많은 사람들 중에 사돈끼리 눈이 맞아?”), 강추 (=Highly recommended!) from hangul sticker, 개판 오분전 from rap lyrics (Block B!)- I didn’t know how to use them in conversations.

What’s even better, audio files can be downloaded at http://talktomeinkorean.com/audio so readers can practice listening too, but I think they are not complete… yet. The last time I checked there were only 38 files, there should be 60. (Audio files are important for learners. Do you know that 갑질 (=abuse of power) is pronounced [갑찔]? 공주병 (=princess syndrome) is pronounced [공주뼝]?).

And 마지막으로, let me just say “완전 강추야! = I highly recommend it.” ←I copy this from the book. ^^

More information at TTMIK’s My Korean Store: http://mykoreanstore.com/collections/books/products/korean-slang-expressions ###

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