Finally, after a long wait. Here’s my book review on Yonsei Korean 2. Sorry for the delay^^
I have been using Yonsei Korean 2 for the past month and though it’s simply a brush on the basics on my part, I still find it interesting and fun to work on especially because I need to improve mostly on my vocabulary scope these days. Haha
Yonsei Korean 2 is a two-part textbook and includes 2 audio CDs for the listening exercises. There are 10 Chapters (5 in each book) which covers different topics such as introductions, transportation, food, market, etc. Since this is the level 2 of the Yonsei Korean Series, I find it appropriate that it only includes topics useful for our daily encounters and provides related vocabs.
Each chapter is further divided into 5 parts and each part introduces new grammar points and vocabulary related to the topic on that chapter.
It starts with a listening exercise (with transcription for reading) on a conversation going on between 2 characters followed by vocabulary/expression related on the topic.
Then it moves on to some exercises where you can practice the new grammar points. This is where it’s a bit of a hassle (at least for me). The grammar is introduced on the latter part of each chapter so what I do is, I first go to that part where the grammar is and go back to the beginning of the chapter so that I can incorporate the grammar use throughout the exercises.
The grammar points are explained in English. If that grammar has many usages (e.g. ~ㄴ/는데, ~아/어/여 서), this book introduces it separately, one usage per part. It also provides sample sentences with English translations.
The fifth part of each chapter is dedicated for a quick review/summary on what you’ve learned from that entire chapter. It includes pronunciation exercises, grammar, reading, etc.
- Beginner-friendly as it has English translations!
- Introduces and explains the basic grammar points clearly (in English)
- Topics are very relevant to everyday life which also Includes useful vocabulary
- Contents map for easy navigation if you want to review a grammar or chapter
- Conversation on the first part provides useful expressions
- Fun grammar exercises
- Pretty photos!
Areas for Improvement/Weak points:
- No answers provided for the exercises
- Some exercises are meant for 2 people or for groups (for a self-studying person’s point of view, this is not much appreciated)
Recommended for self-study?
I’m definitely loving this book for self studying as it introduces useful vocabulary and grammar. However, the Yonsei Korean Series are not made especially for self-studying but for classroom use. I believe this is what they use in Yonsei KLI so that explains why some exercises are meant for groups or for having a partner to do it with. But on most parts, you can certainly survive and have fun on your own^^
Over all, I do recommend Yonsei Korean 2 for beginners on the language.
Price: KRW 30, 000 / USD 28.30 (Seoul Selection)
If you have this book, let me know what you think! :)