"Version 3.0 (January 2013) - AUDIO TRACK AVAILABLE WOOHOO This
audio track features a native Korean speaking the Korean in the
book. Head to www.koreanmadeeasy.net for free, unrestricted audio
tracks to go with the book. Load it up on your MP3 player or
smartphone and hit play - there's at least one track per chapter.
Also, a new section on grammar has been added, along with minor
expansions in the other four sections."
Coming to Korea? Want to teach English in Korea? Want to do
business in Korea and really understand the way they think? Want to
chat with a cute / handsome Korean at the club? Want to do more
than just order a beer or stumble around the major tourist
It's time to LEARN KOREAN.
Hi, I'm Chris Backe. I'm an English teacher living in Seoul,
South Korea. When I first moved to Korea in 2008, I wasn't sure I'd
ever pick up the language. Why? Every book that taught you Korean
did the same thing: they spent about five seconds on the basic
parts of the language, then jumped right into full phrases and
lecturing about boring points of grammar. Did you really enjoy
conjugating verbs in high school? Yawn.
Sure, I ended up learning Korean - and I realized you will never
need to know the phrase 'I am wearing a green sweater', so why
learn it? You *will* use the phrase 'Where is the bathroom?', so
you'll learn that one. That's the whole idea here - learn the
Korean you're actually going to use while in Korea. We're going to
use words and phrases, not dialogues. We'll going to pair up the
words and phrases you're going to use, show you what it looks like
in Korean, then show you how to say it in simple English syllables.
It's as simple as that.
This e-book is not a dictionary - it's written specifically for
people living in Korea. Whether you're coming to teach English,
serve in the military, or work as a businessperson, this is for
you. You'll start with hangeul, the Korean alphabet. You'll learn
the letters, how to put them together to make syllables, and how to
make sounds with them. We'll look at some real world examples -
signs from around Korea. Later on, we'll talk about everything from
Korean alcohol to getting off the beaten path.
The biggest difference between this e-book and others: no fancy
language terms like 'fricative' or 'nasal consonant' at you. We're
going to keep this so simple, even a ten-year-old can keep up.
So what else are we going to talk about? Getting the
pronunciation right - the locals are picky about this. About
formalities and honorifics - a big deal in this
historically-Confucian-based society. Getting to know people -
everyone from co-workers to your students. The holidays Korea
really celebrates - including the ones you WON'T find on most
calendars. Eating - with a special section for vegetarians and
those with allergies. Korean alcohol - some of the most potent
stuff around. Curses - the words and phrases that'll make the old
people blush. Handling your students (if you're an English
teacher). Talking to your boss and co-workers (using the formal
tense) Traveling around Korea - how to read the maps, get help, and
get around without a guidebook. What to say when you feel like crap
Korean expressions and slang - stuff some locals have never heard
from a foreigner's mouth.
And plenty more - all written in an irreverent style for anyone
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