Tidied up the list! ^^ There will be a link here to book reviews I’ve done but feel free to check out the categories ‘Korean Textbook Reviews‘ and ‘Korean Studying Tools‘ for more resources not listed here!
Korean Language Resources
Tools for learning Korean
- Daum Dictionary (English-Korean) (Kor-Kor)
An excellent online dictionary. You can search in both English and Korean, however it is more suitable to use it as a korean-english dictionary as it offers plenty of sample constructions and sentences.
- Naver Open Dictionary / Naver 신어 Dictionary For the more advanced learner. Newly coined words and slangs.
- Pronounciation guide
A super amazing programme. Type in anything in Hangul and it churns out the correct pronunciation for you. No more worries on how to pronounce complicated looking words like 옮다.
The BEST site ever to learn Korean. Read more about it here.
- Sogang Online Lessons
Created by Sogang university, the site offers a range of online lessons with exercises catered for the elementary to the intermediate. Highly recommended for self learners. Good for learning grammar.
Interesting podcasts that is updated really frequently. It has lessons ranging from newbie series to the advanced lessons. I particularly love the audio blogs which is entirely in Korean (helps to train your listening skills). Requires subscription to access its pdf lessons.
- Click Korean
20 Lessons by Seoul University suitable for beginners. I like the fact that there is korean subtitles below each conversation window so that we can follow the conversation easily.
Other good learning sites
Advanced Internet Resources
- Korean Legal Terms and Vocabulary Part 1 Part 2
An excellent resource for those who are interested in legal translation. Requires log-in to download.
- Standard Korean pronunciation rules (표준어 규정)
For those who are interested in Korean phonology
Korean Language Learning Books
Textbook Series – Beginner to Advanced
- Integrated Korean Series (Reviews: High Advanced 1)
For the audio files, please click the following link. Audio Files
- Yonsei Textbooks
- Yonsei Reading Series
- 100시간 한국어 (Yonsei)
- 싱표준 한국어(Kyunghee)
- Speaking Korean – I, II, III, IV
Most of the major Korean universities have their own textbook series and are available in the major languages – Chinese, Japanese, English and others.
Stand-alone Guide Books / mini series
- Once upon a time in Korea (Beginner)
- 韩语点样用 (Beginner)
- Teach Yourself Korean
Not for the serious learner. All grammar points are explained in romanisation and the explanations tend to be hard to understand and the book is more aimed for the traveler (the contexts used). One consolation is that the conversation passage is in Hangul. Probably this series will be better for languages that don’t require romanisation, eg Spanish. ^^
- Practice of Korean Grammar (intermediate-advanced)
- Using Korean: A guide to Contemporary Usage (intermediate-advanced)
- College Korean, College Korean Intermediate
2 books by Clare You and Eunsu Cho and they are frequently used as textbooks in university Korean courses. I have never read College Korean, but I do recommend the intermediate book. The texts are abit dry but does offer new knowledge on Korean history etc. But the grammer points are well explained and suitable for self learners. They do have the online version with everything available. However, I still recommend getting the book in order not to strain your eyesight (Well, I borrowed mine from the library!)
- Elementary Korean, Continuing Korean
Again, another 2 books series (by Ross King). Again, I can only comment on the 2nd book since I have not looked at the elementary one before. It has alot of explanations on grammer points, but I personally find their wordings abit confusing. But it’s still a good book to learn vocabulary. They introduce many new words per chapter. BUT, I advise against buying it unless you have much spare cash. Continuing Korean retails at $139 (or more, I can’t remember) at Borders Singapore >< (As usual, I borrowed my copy from the library :D).
- Modern Korean – An Intermediate Reader
Published in 2000, this book is one of the older korean-learning books in the market. What I particularly liked is that the exercises are very relevant as it provides around 12 English sentences per chapter to translate using the stated grammar structure taught in that chapter. (however there is no answer key) The reading passages are a tad boring and more geared toward providing knowledge of the Korean culture, its history and folk stories. (which is both its selling point and disadvantage) If you are one of those who prefer reading modern dialogues, you may be put off by the passages. But if you are interested in finding out more about Korea, this is a good book to pick up!
KLPT / TOPIK Preparatory books
- Complete Guide to the TOPIK – Basic / Intermediate / Advanced
- KLPT Practice Books (available in 조급,중급,고급)