A year ago when I got the chance to visit Seoul, I bought a handful of Korean books to help me learn the language fast. I have not opened most of them except the culture comic book. Now that I temporarily stopped reading Continuing Korean to review my previous learnings, I took the time to open this small handbook called Korean Wordbook for Beginners. Its a Korean-English wordbook but it doesn’t have romanization which I really don’t mind. One language adviser once said that to be able to learn Korean, one must get rid of romanization. Instead, the focus should be on reading and writing in Hangul.
The book is relatively cheap. It only cost me 4800KRW or less than 5USD. It contains common Korean words used. It has synonyms and antonyms which I find really helpful in making the right choice of word. It also has example of the word’s use written in Korean without any English translation so it will somehow challenge your proficiency.
I appreciate the appendix as well as it contains collection of words commonly used in expression like Question Pronouns, Conjunctive Adverbs (normally used to connect 2 sentences), counting units or marker, number, colors and a lot more.
Here is a collection of Question Pronouns:
- 어느 / 어떤 (eoneu/eoddeon) – which
- 어디 (eodi) – where
- 누구 (nugu) – who
- 누가 (nuga) – who as subject
- 무엇 (mueo) – what
- 무슨 (museun) – adjective form of what
- 언제 (eonje) – when
- 얼마 (eolma) – how much
- 얼마나 (eolmana) – how much, how long, how many
- 어떻게 (eotteoke) – how, by what means
- 몇(myeot) – how, what
- 왜 (wae) – why