[Book Review] – McGill Korean 1

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You guys, I am very excited to be reviewing this book! I first started learning Korean about seven years ago as a first-year student at McGill University. I loved my Korean classes and was so happy to go to class every day, largely thanks to my awesome professor at the time, 김명희 교수님. Well, we still keep in touch, and today I am reviewing a textbook that she wrote and recently got published! So here are my disclaimers for this review:

I received my copy of the book for free, as my professor asked the publisher to send me a copy, but I was in no way contacted by the publishing company to review this, and my professor did not ask me to review it either. Rather, I said that I would review the book and post about it here—before she even offered to send me a free copy; I was set to go out and buy it myself—because I like reviewing books and helping you guys find good study material! I will review this book as objectively as possible!

And now, let’s get into it!

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[Book review]- Korean Grammar in Use (Advanced)

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The “Korean Grammar in Use” series is one of the resources I recommend the most when people ask me which resources they should (or shouldn’t) use to study Korean. That is not to say that it’s flawless, but it’s solid for sure. If you want to start diving into advanced grammar or are looking for something to supplement your other advanced grammar resources, here are a few good and bad things about “Korean Grammar in Use (Advanced).”

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[Book review]- 토픽 필수 문법

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This time, the book I’m reviewing is a grammar textbook. It was recommended to me by a few people, and it wasn’t very expensive at all (14,000원), so I decided to give it a try. I’ll say that it’s decent, but it’s not exactly the book you want to use to tackle this kind of advanced grammar for the very first time.

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Buying Korean books- Aladin bookstore

Since I live in Korea, finding reading material is no big deal for me, but for those of you outside of Korea, it can be a bit of a task. However, I bought Korean books in the US once through a website called Aladin.

Aladin is a company that sells (surprise surprise!) books here in Korea. I love going to their secondhand bookstores here in Seoul and picking up reads for cheap 🙂 For those of you who live in the US, they have a branch over there that you can order from. I actually used it to buy a few manhwa back when I was in… I think high school? The site is all in Korean, but I’m pretty sure that there are guides for how to navigate the site floating around on the internet. I know that I used one of those guides when I used the site that one time, because my Korean was still super-beginner level at the time. Or, of course, you could also ask me and I could check it out and assist as needed 🙂

Anyway! From what I remember, of course there is a bit of a markup on the books since they’re imported, but my broke self clearly didn’t consider the prices too unreasonable or else I wouldn’t have ordered in the first place. If anyone who has used the site more recently could let me know how it is these days, I would really appreciate it!

I just checked the site, and it says that the US version of the site is set up for payment in USD and CAD and shipping to US and Canada only, but you can also use the Korean version of the site to get shipping to other places 🙂

Happy studying (and reading~)!