‘Survival Korean’ by Stephen Revere
Best Korean Study Guide Book
For those who want to learn Korean language and wish to buy a Korean study guide, I strongly recommend this book. To buy a book for my boyfriend, I visited the biggest bookstore in Korea to select one and I found this. I think this book is the best Korean language study book for beginners from English-speaking countries or Western culture.
I’ve seen the author teaching Korean on TV many times and Stephen Revere is the first native English speaker with a degree in Teaching Korean as a Second Language from the most renowned university. One particular reason why I like this book is this book is not written by a native Korean explaining how to pronounce, etc. but it is written from a westerner’s perspective with many of English pronunciation references. Also, he explains certain things that Koreans would neglect while non-Koreans would find foreign.
Korean Cultural Tips
Another good point is that he spends one page per each chapter explaining some Korean cultural tips. It comes from his rich experiences living in Korea more than a decade. It is useful for Koreans like myself to teach or explain certain cultural things to non-Koreans.
Contents & CD
This book comes with 2 CDs and as you can see the table of contents, it is not so overwhelming for beginners to learn Korean.
It seems that there are other Korean study books named the same as ‘Survival Korean’, so please make sure that you buy the book written by Stephen Revere.
Stephen Revere has written another book called ‘Survival Korean – Basic Grammar Skills’, but I have not bought this book yet. I will write a post about review of this book later.