Korean Study Materials

There are a lot of resources I came across with. How I wish I have the time to check AND use each one of them. 🙂 I’ll be limiting this list of resources and materials that I have, have used, currently using, and planning to use.

[updated 2012.01.14]

I’m very techie and I love gadgets and I pretty much utilize them in studying Korean. I’ve always used my very reliable little pink netbook (Asus EEE Pc 1005P) for studying on/offline. Recently I got myself a pretty 7″ Android tablet (MSI Enjoy 7 Plus) and am very happy with it and the handful of very useful apps that I can use to make studying much more convenient, easily accessible and more fun (Check My Android Apps for a list of apps that I am using).


LG KF350 pre-installed E4U Eng>Kor>Eng dictionary – this is what I am currently using when I am offline and reading novels or textbooks. Not as good as a real electronic dictionary, but good enough for quick word checks when there’s no internet available. I survived 40 days in Korea (and even organized a small snack event) with just this little friend of mine.


Not bad, right?

I got this phone for free from a store in Dongdaemun. Most OLD (of course everyone uses smart phones now!) Korean phones have pre-installed dictionaries with them.

NAVER Online English Dictionary  – the ever reliable and most popular online English>Korean>English dictionary.

NAVER Online 국어 Dictionary – I’m beginning to appreciate this Korean>Korean dictionary now since I’m on my intermediate Korean phase. There are some Korean words that you simply can’t find in the 영어사전, but will appear here.

Google Translator – NOT RELIABLE  but can still be a little helpful. I usually use it to HELP me QUICKLY VERIFY one or two words, or to HELP ME REMEMBER words I’ve momentarily forgotten, or let me have a really QUICK OVERVIEW of long paragraphs or for a QUICK SPELLCHECK or simply TO HAVE A GOOD LAUGH!!! It’s not accurate (and probably will never be) but I’ve seen Google Translator improved over the years. DO NOT USE THIS FOR TRANSLATING. AGAIN. DO NOT USE THIS FOR ANY KIND OF TRANSLATIONS! PERIOD! Study Korean instead!

Paper Dictionaries – I was able to get hold of 3 so far. (1) Elite English-Korean and Korean-English Dictionary 엘리트 합본사전 that I got as a gift from joining a Korean speech contest. (2) Prime 영한 – 한영사전 that I borrowed snatched from my best friend, sat on my bookshelf for many months and was sent back to my best friend. And (3) Berlitz Korean Concise Dictionary given by my Korean 10-11 Professor as a price for winning a 삼육구 game in class that I have given to my best friend since I haven’t really used it because the Korean entries are romanized first before written in 한글, making it very difficult to search Korean entries. I have never used these paper dictionaries since I’m always online and I find it so time consuming!

Udea Electronic Dictionary – Lent to me by a friend and I used it for 2 semesters while attending formal Korean classes in our university. It’s battery operated and you can put mp3s on it. I used to love it because it’s easy to use and very concise to carry- practical for someone like me who often carry a very heavy bag. (EDIT: I have returned this years ago and since I now have my tablet and my LG cellphone cum dictionary I have no intention of getting an electronic dictionary in the future).


Hanlingo – a language exchange network with real-time chat. You can ask questions with other users. Very useful and helpful!

Lang-8 – also a language exchange network. You can post whatever you have written and other users will correct it for you and/or leave comments.

TT4YOU – similar to Hanlingo where you can chat with various users. But I think the Korean community in Hanlingo is bigger.

SharedTalk – another language exchange community website. This is actually where I met my current language exchange partner – an 11-year old kid. 🙂

Learn Korean – another online community. There are forums and chat functions too. Most people there, I think, are from Talk To Me In Korean.

Corean Big Sis – another online community. There are forums and chat functions too. Plus a lot of goodies (lessons, lyrics, wallpapers, etc). It is maintained by a very nice Sis/언니/선생님 who is always willing to help, guide and answer questions from students/members. (EDIT: It’s not being updated regularly anymore.)

I Am In Korea


An Introduction to Korean – My very first lesson. Very useful for beginners.

Sogang Korean Program – A wonderful website with lessons from beginner to intermediate. I started learning grammar on this website. I’m currently reviewing the novice lessons and I can’t wait to get my hands on their intermediate lessons soon.

Talk To Me In Korean – a really fun and informative site for learning Korean. Podcast lessons from beginner to advance learners. I’m currently following the lessons here too.

Online Intermediate College Korean – I haven’t started this one, but planning to – soon!

Korean Grammar Database – basically a Korean grammar dictionary. I find this really useful especially when I’m reviewing for TOPIK.

Ezcorean – a haven of grammar lessons. I really wish I have time to study this website.

LP’s Korean Grammar Guide – another Grammar guide. I haven’t explored this one, but it looks very useful.

Matthew’s Korean Study and Reference Guide – a very informative blog in learning Korean. Lots of goodies and useful links too. I visit this often.

Korean self-studying isn’t lame… – a nice blog with loads of lessons and materials. However, too much materials that I don’t know where to start. By the way, I agree, Korean self-studying isn’t lame!


Official TOPIK Homepage – you can get details about upcoming exams, registration, results and previous exams

TOPIK Guide – a blog dedicated to TOPIK Preparation.

TOPIK Revision – a blog about TOPIK.

S-TOPIK Basic Level (1 and 2) word list – an excel file with list of vocabulary words that are essential in preparation for TOPIK 초급. I studied this list. I wasn’t able to memorized all of them, but I guess I have memorized 75% or more. (EDIT: And I have forgotten about 30% of them by now I guess.)


가나다 Korean for Foreigners Elementary 1 – My first ever Korean language book. It focuses on formal language (입니다 form). I wasn’t able to finish it and have no intentions of reading it anymore. Gave this to a friend.

(GANADA Korean Language Institute, translated by Lee Hae-Young, comes with audio CD)

서강 한국어 Student Book 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B – books used on my Korean 10, 11, 12, 13 and the experimental Korean 100 classes in the University of the Philippines. It covers Beginner level (lower and upper beginner) and Intermediate (lower intermediate). It comes with workbooks (that we only use in Korean 10-11 class & Korean 100) and Audio CDs that we listen to in class. I haven’t finished 3A and 3B and still keeping 1-2 for reference.

(Sogang University Series, with audio CD)

Basic KLPT 실용문법 연습서 – I love this book! I used it in preparation for TOPIK 초급 last 2010. It tackles basic grammar patterns. I learned most of my basic grammar from this book. But since this is a review book, the sample sentences and the explanations were limited. There were a lot of exercises per lessons though and has answer sheets at the back. I lent this to a neighbor reviewing for a KLPT exam.

TOPIK 초급 review book – I got this book from our Korean professors in preparation for TOPIK 초급. It’s basically a compilation of sample TOPIK exams. I wasn’t able to use it at all since I ran out of time in reviewing for TOPIK. I browsed it a little though. The questions were actually more difficult than the actual TOPIK 초급 exam. I’m planning to practice with this book in my initial preparation for TOPIK 중급.

(with Audio CD)

살아있는 한국어 관용어 – Part 1 of 2 series of idiom book. I love this book too but I haven’t read this yet. Recommended for intermediate or at least upper beginner learners because the book is entirely in Korean.

(Korea Language Plus)

Korean Grammar for International Learners (English edition) – A good grammar book. At first it was difficult for me to read this. Not just because of some difficult words (after all, everything has translations), but the linguistics terms were all difficult for me. But after gathering enough linguistics background, it’s not too difficult anymore. It’s not like Sogang or any series out there because it is not arranged in the level of difficulty. The approach is very linguistics. It’s a good read because you’ll get to understand the structure of Korean language more. What I am doing is I try making sentences using grammar points that are being discussed in the book.

(Yonsei University)


* I don’t own the download link. I just found it online

Using Korean: A Guide to Contemporary Usage – A nice book about Korean language. It has a linguistic approach and I love it for that. I still haven’t finished this book too.

(Miho Choo)


* I don’t own the download link. I just found it online

Elementary Korean – As the title says, it’s elementary Korean. Basic grammar lessons. I haven’t read it and may not read it anymore.

(Tuttle Publishing, by Ross King and Jaehoon Yeon)


* I don’t own the download link. I just found it online

Continuing Korean  – The continuation of Elementary Korean (that I’ve mentioned above). I borrowed the book from our library but didn’t manage to read it. I’m not sure yet about the level of the book, but I’m thinking it’s more of upper beginner than intermediate.

(Tuttle Publishing, by Ross King and Jaehoon Yeon)

Korean for Intermediate Learners – I borrowed this from the KCC library with the intention of preparing for Intermediate TOPIK. But I was a bit disappointed because I already know all the lessons in the book. I was expecting some hardcore intermediate lessons. So I didn’t read it anymore. But I must say the book is pretty good with the explanations, examples and exercises.

Korean Grammar in Use Beginner – I believe that the Korean Grammar in Use is one of the best series out there. A Korean friend gave it to me as a send-off present last summer. I was too shy to tell him I need the intermediate one instead. And I ended up throwing it away (along with a few other stuff I have) in Incheon airport because I was over my baggage allowance. I brought home the Audio CD though but haven’t opened nor listened to it yet.


Phrase books are NOT MEANT FOR ANY LANGUAGE LEARNING. It may be useful for travellers who just want to have something handy for emergency situations. For Korean, just make sure you’ll get something that has Hangeul translations and not just romanizations – so that you can simply point the sentence to the locals and they will be able to read and understand it.

Korean At A Glance – a travel phrase book (with a little dictionary). I bought this when Korean textbooks are still unheard of in our country and under the impression that I can actually learn Korean. I never learn anything from this book, but nonetheless it’s pretty decent for travellers. I also find the little notes about Korean culture interesting.

(Barron’s Educational Series, Inc)

Making Out In Korean – a ridiculously funny phrase book. The difference of this one from other phrase books out there is that it focuses on slangs – specifically relationship/romance slangs. And no, you wouldn’t learn anything from this book. It’s just a fun read for me. First of the 2 series.

(Tuttle Publishing, by Peter Constantine)


Korean Drama Scripts – I love watching Korean dramas, so I love learning from them. How great it would be if Korean dramas have Korean subtitles, right? Unfortunately only very few of them has one. I usually just read the scripts of the dramas though. Check my K-drama Scripts/Transcripts & Audio Files page for more details.

Junior Naver – this site is a haven of children learning materials. I haven’t explored it much, but I usually check the short animated stories. They come with Korean subtitles.

Webtoons – webtoons are fun to read and can definitely be a good help in learning Korean. Naver 만화 has a great collection of webtoons (more about this on Self Study Korean).


Please do check my side bars for additional useful links in Learning Korean.


146 thoughts on “Korean Study Materials

  1. Thanks for the loads of info Dia (gosh, gotta get used to calling you this instead of Lods LOL). I am using Berlitz Korean Dictionary and 2 phrasebook/travel guides. I also have a TOPIK book but I don’t understand most of it yet, hopefully soon I will. Have you tried the Rosetta Korean Lessons?

    • Haha! My nickname has always been Dia. But I’m not used being called that way outside our home, thus I only use Alodia in school, work, even online. But you guys nicknamed me Lods then. Hahaha.
      Ever since I got interest in Korean, I decided to start using Dia since it’s easier for my Korean (and other Asian) friends to pronounce and remember. And since my first class in UP when I went back is also Korean, my classmates now also call me Dia.
      As I’ve said that Berlitz dictionary is no good! And you won’t learn from phrase books. You must get a good beginner’s book like Sogang or Kanada or Yonsei or Seoul University textbooks. Nope, haven’t tried and have no plans of trying Rosetta out. There are tons of better materials out there! I don’t even know how I can manage to read everything in the UP library before I graduate. hehehe

      • I come from Indonesia… me even have to do TOPIK exam next month since I’m in Korea right now…but still even for facing the beginner level I have to preapare a lot ㅋㅋㅋ.
        How about U? are u taking intermediate level? how long have u been learning korean language?

      • sorry I just read your bio (again)… so I think U will take intermediate level (envy)….
        good luck n be confident…. 화이팅!

      • Yeah I’ll be taking the intermediate… and i haven’t really studied yet. School’s a bit too tight right now. And I’m struggling with my Japanese class… but I’ll still be taking it no matter what. ㅋㅋㅋ
        Good luck to you too! I enjoyed preparing for the beginner level last year. I learned a lot when I was reviewing. I don’t know what’s wrong with me now. It seems I can’t seem to focus on anything. Maybe because there are plenty of things I need/want to do lately. ㅠㅠ

  2. Hi,

    I would like to have a copy of ‘Using Korean: A Guide to Contemporary Usage’ and ‘Elementary korean’.

    Thank you in advance.

  3. If you still have the links, would it be possible to have your pdf’s for Using Korean and/or Elementary Korean?
    Thanks so much!

  4. Hi,
    Your website is very informative! Thanks for sharing your experiences (:
    Is it possible to send me a copy of both ‘Using Korean: A Guide to Contemporary Usage’ and ‘Elementary korean’ as well.

    Very much appreciated for your help (:
    Thank you in advance!

  5. hi 🙂
    may i please have pdf files of “elementary korean” and “using korean…”? thanks a lot 🙂

    ps i just bought “berlitz concise dictionary” few days ago… i bought it online on bookdepository so i`m still waiting for it to be delivered. the true is i decided to buy it after i`d seen their version of “japnese concise dictionary” at a bookstore. sadly there were no korean dictionaries available anywhere in my city… i hope it will do for me 😉

  6. Hi! I’m Jove from Cavite. Can you please send me a copy of Using Korean: A Guide to Contemporary Usage? Thanks so much. Thanks to you, I discovered websites where I can learn Korean for free. Hope we can be friends. God bless you!

  7. Hello, please can I have the PDF file for elementary korean? I want to self-study but I don’t know where to start so I’d like to check the book out before buying it.

    Thank you.

  8. Hi, I really like ur blog, btw where did u buy the book: using Korean: a guide to contemporary usage? and how much is it? Thank you.

    • Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog. I didn’t buy Using Korean. I only read it from our university library. I updated the list and now have the link to download a pdf copy of the book. You can download it if you’re interested. I guess it’s available from online stores like amazon. 🙂

  9. Hey Dia! I am glad that I stumbled upon your blog 😀

    I was wondering if you can send me a link to the ‘Using Korean: A Guide to Contemporary Usage’ and ‘Elementary korean’.

    That would be awesome!!!

    Thanks in advance!!

  10. HIHI, can I also havea copy of ‘Using Korean: A Guide to Contemporary Usage’ and ‘Elementary korean’. Can you send me a copy of both! Many thanks!

    Awesome blog!

  11. I sent emails to those who requested the ebooks. I’m sorry if I missed anyone. Anyway, I just posted the download links. There were too many requests and I am not sure whether I missed replying to anyone. Also sometimes I’m too slow in replying. I guess it’s okay to post the links anyway. Happy studying! 🙂

  12. hi
    im korean
    you r korean very well , website is so great!
    디야씨 저는 한국에 사는 21살 이하늘이라고 해요. 평범한 여대생이구요. 저도 김선아 언니를 많이 좋아해요. ^^.몇일전에 가족과 함께 필리핀에 여행갔다왔는데 필리핀분이시라고 하는 굉장히 반갑네요. 혹시 한국에 사시나요?

    • 안녕하세요 이하늘 씨. 제 블로그를 방문하고 코멘트도 남겨줘셔서 감사합니다. 저도 여대생이에요. 와~ 선아언니를 좋아하는 사람 만나서 정말 반가워요~ 우리 나라에 여행했군요. 다음에는 우리 나라에 다시 가면 알려주고 연락하면 좋겠어요. 아니에요, 한국에서 사라 보고 싶지만 필리핀에 있어요. ㅠㅠ
      (제 한국어 실력이 아직 부족해요 ㅠㅠ.)

    • Hi m sabir shah, I really love Korean language and want to learn, if you are Korean, can you please help me by suggesting some useful eBooks and websites etc if you know.
      I would love if you help me.

  13. hey alodia! the link to “Using Korean” is probably deleted by the host. If you still have the copy, can you send it to me? Thank you very much! By the way, this blog is very resourceful! Thank you for assembling these learning materials! 🙂

  14. Hi Dia! your blog is so useful, i’m learning korean now so finding good korean books and cds. can u email me elementary korean coz above link is dead? thanks

  15. hi ate!! wow you bought all those books? now wonder super fluent ka na sa hangul. where did you buy those? I’m planning to enroll a korean language class at UP. do you know if they have summer classes? 🙂

    • Hi Margery! Oh, no! I didn’t buy all of them. Most of them were from our library so.. uhm… I just copied some… we’re from UP anyway, so it’s a common practice. LOL I’m not sure if they have extramural classes this summer. You can check this website for extramural schedules. I’m not sure if it’s updated. And when will be the next cycle. I suggest you call them up. http://linggwistiks.weebly.com/
      You can also try KCC, but I heard it’s difficult to book a class due to the very high demand of students booking – awesome and unbelievable. I’ve been reading in facebook and classes are booked like 10 mins after the registration opened – something like that. 🙂

  16. Hello! Just stopping by to say hi, that your blog is awesome, that it’s encouraging me to turn my speaking and writing Korean wish into an actuality, and that I can’t wait for I Do, I Do!

  17. Hi. I like your blog! I’ve been formally studying Korean since last year first in TESDA and now in KCC…I’m in Elementary 2 already this semester. I’m quite procrastinating about it, but reading your blog made me super eager and excited to do more and learn more..

    And by the way… I hope to meet you tomorrow at the KCC Speech Contest! Hope you win!

    • Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog. I’m glad you are continuing with your Korean classes. My most favorite professor in whole wide world, I heard, will be teaching in KCC next term. I hope she’ll be your teacher. And… uhm.. I don’t know whether I should tell you this or not… but I’m also a big procrastinator when it comes to studying Korean. 😦 So don’t copy me! 🙂
      Thanks for wishing me luck. I’ll try my best, but my ultimate worry is panicking in front of many people. Will you be watching? Please please please approach me tomorrow. 🙂

  18. Hi! I’m a big fan of Korean entertainment. I got really addicted with their dramas, kpop(esp. SNSD), language and movies. I’m a fresh graduate and currently looking for a job so I still don’t have money to enroll for Korean classes so for now, my only option is to download e-books. Thankfully I found your blog site and I find it very informative and useful.

  19. when i first learning Korean, I was really need a dictionary. The only dictionary sold near my place is Berlitz. Now I am quite disappointed with my dictionary. Sometime when I have to check a word, I end up checking it through google or naver. of course Berlitz dictionary is not that bad, and it still very helpful to me… but it would be very nice if they arrange the word by following a Hangul alphabet “ㄱㄴㄷ….” instead of “abc”. Another thing ‘ㄸ’ & ‘ㅃ’ is under ‘T’ & ‘P’ instead of ‘D’ & ‘B’ 😥

    • I know, right?! I have a new paper dictionary now and it looks decent. However I don’t think I’ll be using it much since I only often use naver. I also like googling the word/s to see how they are used. But since I’m gonna start reading a new Korean novel soon, I might be able to put my new paper dictionary into good use. 🙂

  20. HI dia!

    I’ve enrolled myself in Elementary 2 now…and I’m struggling! Maybe because Elementary 1 was just a bit of review for me since I learned half of the things in TESDA already.

    I’m planning to take the Beginner TOPIK exam in October and yesterday i borrowed the TOPIK book from the KCC library. WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA.. I shouldn’t have borrowed it. I freaked out from just scanning the pages. Since I’ve been just scanning the one used by POEA (EPS-KLT) I thought it would be just the same but no! They should label this book with something more than beginner!

    But I’m not losing hope. I will still take the test. Probably change my study habits…errr..no to too much procrastination…just a bit will be fine.

    Regarding the teachers…I wasn’t able to attend the orientation of the Language class so I’m not sure which would be the new one coz I was able to see them last Graduation. Some of the teachers don’t attend the orientation. May I know your most favorite teacher’s name? My teacher in Tesda was Ms. Leonardo (filipina), in Elementary 1 was Teacher Kang and I’m under Teacher Noh this Elementary 2.

  21. Hi Dia, thank you for your lots of info about studying Korean. I just started learning in few days. I hv memorise the alphabet well. It’s just need to learn the vocab, grammar, phrase,etc. but sine i self study, can i ask you if i hv any problem? Many thanks

    • Sure. Feel free to ask anything. And if I don’t have the answers, I will try to look for it. Let’s learn together! Thanks for visiting my blog! And good luck to your Korean study! 🙂

      • Gamsahapnida (i don’t know how to type the korean word in my keyboard). I just learn it because I like learning language (but to be honest it’s because of K-drama, esp your idol Sun A ssi ..lol!). I did send you email to introduce myself to your yahoo email, but perhaps you didn’t receive it, or perhaps my email too long (sorry about that) :)). I will take it slowly as I hv 3 kids to look after, work part time from home and also learning putong hua. Thanks Dia and good luck with your student exchange in Korea.

    • Thanks for updating me. Sorry for the late reply, but I have updated it after reading your comment. I’m currently preparing for the 28th 중급 and your blog is very useful and I also shared it with my friends/classmates who are also going to take the exam. Keep it up!

    • Hi! Cool! Hmm, actually I don’t know which books are good for Intermediate Level TOPIK. I also don’t have much books. I’m just going through previous papers and reading Korean Grammar for International Learners right now. If I have time I would like to also read Using Korean. For online lessons, maybe Sogang Intermediate lessons are appropriate for Intermediate TOPIK takers and TTMK’s intermediate lessons. I’ve seen Korean Grammar in Use Beginners and it looks good, so maybe the Intermediate one would be a good read too.
      Good luck! ^^

  22. Hello!
    I just stumbled across your website and I am so glad I did. This is so much helpful information. I am so grateful to you for taking the time to share your experiences with us. I was currently using the Rosetta and was feeling very lost. Thanks to you, I now how a ton of new learning material. Thank you so much.

  23. hey dia, you’ve really inspired me, i just started self studying korean , an action brought on by my addiction to korean dramas, but i just don’t want to know phrases i really want to get the insides and outs of the language, a nice and informative blog but i’m have problems with downloading the books could you send elementary korean and continuing korean to me please my email address is rochellelee1992@hotmail.com, 고 마 위

  24. Good Morning Dia!
    (your name reminds me someone)
    thank you for the PDFs that you sharing for us.
    actually i’m studying korean at the national library using the book Teach Yourself: Korean.
    yeah, it helps a lot.
    and can you send me a helpful PDFs file.
    thanks 😀

  25. Hi, i am planning to start to learn korean but not sure where should I start from…so can you please do recommend me any books and website to start my study lesson. Plus I am going to study myself so….

    • I rarely use books (coz they are expensive). Be sure to stay away from phrase books. Go with those that are in a series. We used the Sogang series in class and they are ok. I’ve seen Korean Grammar in Use Beginner and it looks awesome! Maybe you can start with that one (then move on the the Korean Grammar In Use Intermediate). I also heard the Yonsei and SNU series are also okay but haven’t seen them. Ganada series looks okay too (but I’ve only read the first one).

      • Oh…then how u started to study ur korean ur korean at first?Whats wrong with the phrase book? Actually i m planning to buy the korean at a glance with dictionary that u stated above cz i still hv few more months left n kinda busy that might not hv much time to learn…n the Korean Grammar in Use Beginner can it be find in malaysia? Will it be ok if i buy the phrase book first then only start the korean grammar book??

      • As I’ve mentioned above too, you wouldn’t learn anything from phrase books! Trust me/us.
        I started memorizing the characters first, then I studied this: http://langintro.com/kintro/ then I did the Sogang Online Lessons. Then Ganada 1. Then Sogang Series. But that was before TTMIK. If I were to re-start my Korean studying, I’ll probably do TTMIK with Korean Grammar In Use series.
        Now I don’t know if that’s available in Malaysia, but I’m sure it’s available on online shops.
        And since you said you are kinda busy, the more I recommend you stay away from phrase books so as not to waste your precious study time. Get a good grammar book.

  26. hi, if for travellers what book do you recommended to learn korean and some phrases faster? and if i keen to use the phrasebook, what brand do you strongly suggest?:)

    • Yes and No.
      Yes LG KF350 I believe is (or at least was) available here in the Philippines. I remember seeing some units in SM North ESDA Annex. LG have a stall there.
      But no, the features of this phone that I have, may not be available on the LG KF350 that is being sold here in the Philippines (ie Kor>Eng>Kor dictionary, Seoul Metro Subway Map, etc).

  27. Thank you very much for this post. I’ll be bookmarking it. ^.^
    I’m so grateful for the links for the pdfs of the books too. ToT Money doesn’t always stop by to visit me and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to buy the physical version of some of these.

  28. hi alodia! thank you so much for making this. i actually just stumbled upon it while searching for ganada elem 1 audio files haha. (i’m enrolled in kcc /elem 1/ and i’m so excited to learn things but our books haven’t been delivered yet so i consulted my friend, google :D)

    btw, where did you buy the basic klpt book and would you know if i can get the TOPIK 초급 review book here in the PH? i intend to take TOPIK 초급 on october ㅋㅋ

    • Hi Danae! Mind saying whose class you in? I’m a volunteer at KCC and my bestfriend’s also taking E1 under Jung 선생님.
      I just had both the KLPT and the TOPIK 초급 photocopied from my professors. But KCC library has the TOPIK 초급 book + a million others! I’m not sure if they have the KLPT one. I think they don’t because I would’ve borrowed the Intermediate KLPT. But I may have missed it so you can check it on your next class. They also have the ganada series in the library with the audio cds. Hope to bump into you there some time. I’ll be returning my books on Thurs. 🙂

      • Really? I’m under Jung 선생님 as well! I’m in her 6-8 pm class. Haha. Last term I took Basic under Bae 선생님. Perhaps you know her too? 🙂

        Thank you! Wow, I can’t believe I never thought of looking for these in KCC. *facepalm* I think I’ll drop by the library on a Saturday though… I have work on weekdays and I barely make it in time for class u__u

      • Seriously? Take advantage of the KCC library! It’s AWESOME!!!!!!!
        My friend’s on her 2:30pm class. And of course I know Ms. Bae! THE Ms. Bae! She was my professor in UP and I love her to death! ❤

  29. Can you please send me a pdf file of korean vocabs that will help me to learn korean? Any feedback will deeply appriciated.. kumapta..

  30. I am so glad to have found your blog! yikes! It encourages me to keep on studying the language! thank you for all the information you brought to us here 🙂

    I have been studying korean but have not practiced for about 2 months up to now… my korean is getting worse 😦

    • Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog! Though I agree that 2 months of no practice is not good, I’m also guilty of not studying for a long period of time. Even longer than 2 months. But I keep myself surrounded with anything Korean, that way I won’t forget it. 🙂

      • I think that is easier being in your country cause you even have a Korean Cultural Centre but I am from Peru and here… *sigh* even my boyfriend is korean but he keeps talking to me in spanish rather than korean hahah
        hey do you have any picture or something that I can attach in my blog so others can visit yours through that? 🙂

      • Haha. Not really. For me at least. I don’t really go to KCC often because it’s very far. I’ve only borrowed 2 books and I’ve already returned them before I can even finish the first halves. I just surround myself with music, dramas, books, friends. All of which through the internet and/or my laptop/tablet. Haha. Some boyfriends doesn’t really want to teach their girlfriends Korean, huh? My crush do teach me a lot… is that an indication that he’ll never be my boyfriend? ㅋㅋㅋ
        I’ll send you a couple of my blog headers through email. Thanks! It really is flattering! 🙂

    • Hi! I just checked the mediafire link and it’s working on my end. Please try it again. I have no other way of sending it aside from uploading it on mediafire again. Too big for email.
      Hmm.. what do you mean kung kasama na ba sa curriculum ng Linguistics ang Korean? Anyway, the department offers Korean 10,11,12,13 and any UP Diliman student can take it as their language elective/s or as cognates. They are Basic 1, 2 and Intermediate 1, 2 respectively but I think it’s more of a Beginner 1, 2 and Upper Beginner 1, 2 rather than Intermediate.
      If you’re referring naman sa Extramural classes (open for anyone), I’m not sure what they are offering now. It’s either the same as Korean 10,11,12,13 or even lower. But definitely nothing beyond Korean 13 as of the moment. 🙂

  31. i was wondering if anyone has ever had any Mp3 audio lessons/ phrases to listen to. . . i am learning however i would like something while i travel around from work on the train!

  32. Hello, can you please recommend me a good paper dictionary? I always get a headache using online and electronic ones for watching the screen too long.. Thank you 🙂

    • I haven’t seen/used paper dictionaries but I used to have Prime and they are pretty good I think. Just stay away from those romanized dictionaries. 🙂

  33. Hello from Thailand. My name is Lek. I have been studying Korean language for a long time but still not fluent at all. I would love to share and make friend. Please kindly recommend ways of learning. Thank you so much.

    • Hi Lek! Nice to meet you! I don’t think I can recommend a good way since I also don’t know what’s the best way to learn. I think it depends on the individual. Keep experimenting and you’ll find what will work for you. 🙂

  34. Hello Dia!

    Let me just say that I really love everything about your blog…like how cute your site is and everything that’s in it! It’s wonderful indeed to have stumbled into your page and read basic things about who you are and your interests and frustrations ha ha ha… I like your personal and intellectual (at least for me…) view about what a GOOD DRAMA is… i think we think the same way he he he… most of all…I really love the fact that you (✿◠‿◠) SHARE what you think and feel would benefit the rest of us interested in Korean Language. So thank you so much for all the tireless posts and updates you’re giving your followers. More power to you and God bless you on your upcoming Topik Exam 🙂 – take care!

  35. hello!! Oh god that was so nice!! Thank you for all the amazing info!! I’m from ph too and I’m 14 and trying to learn korean by self studying.. Any tips?

  36. Hello! I found your blog when I was looking for books that could help me learn basis Korean 🙂 Your blog post definitely help me understand better which books I need 🙂 I was actually looking for Korean grammar in use beginner to early intermediate. Do you have any idea where I can purchase the book in Singapore? I am not very sure if there’s any book store that specialized in selling Korean book or to be more specific, a Korean version of kinokuniya. Thanks in advance 🙂

    Ps: for books you found in your school library, do the bookshop sells it too? May I know which school are you from? Thanks thanks :))

  37. The resources that you have are very helpful. I’m also a Filipino want to learn some Korean language. I hope you have time for teaching or mentoring your fellow kababayans. I’ll wait for that. =)

  38. Sweet blog! I found it while searching on Yahoo News.
    Do you have any tips on how to get listed in Yahoo News? I’ve been trying
    for a while but I never seem to get there! Thanks

  39. hello im currently studying korean by my own and i have lots of downloadable book but it makes me confuse,i can now read korean hangul but still dont understand the meaning,im still working on it…im from phil but working now in qatar, can i ask where can i get continuing korean, your blog is very helpful for those who doesn’t have money to enroll in an korean school nor can affort decent book, i meet a korean friend from a social app and he gave me downloadable file from his naver.

  40. Hi!

    This is such a nice blog.
    Can I have a favor? Can you also. Send me the pdf file of the most requested file.
    A Guide to Contemporary Usage
    Thank you.
    Love your blog.

  41. Hi! Where did you buy your Sogang textbook? I’m currently taking up Korean 10 and I’d like to get my own copy of the book. 🙂

  42. hi Dia! do you have a pdf copy of Korean: An Essential Grammar by Young-Key Kim-Renaud? Can you send it to me? Thanks..

  43. Hi Dia! do you have a pdf copy of Routledge Korean: An essential Grammar by Young-Key Kim-Renaud? can you send it to me? Thanks..

  44. Hello my brother, I am really so much helped forever for you that nice kind of Korean books collection. I am in Korea now and working in energy conversion field and if you need any kind of information, suggestions ,help etc, I will be really honored for you.

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