While I wrote in my previous post that I had enjoyed learning what may be considered quite basic vocabulary from my Korean children’s book, I still want to keep expanding my knowledge of Korean in all possible directions. When it comes to Korean fluency, one thing is sounding Korean and having the correct intonation. Another thing is making your spoken language come alive by mastering a broad spectrum of words and phrases. One of the books that I bought when I was last in Seoul is called “Korean vocabulary practice for foreigners, advanced level”. It’s published by Yonsei University and for the past three months it’s been on proud display on my book shelf. Last night I decided that it was time for this book and myself to become acquainted.
I spent most of last night (and this morning) in the company of this book and I must say that while I was hesitant at first it’s definitely not a bad book. In many ways it’s organized in the same way as TTMIK’s “My Weekly Korean Vocabulary” series, which I greatly enjoyed. I plan on studying with this book a little every day and hopefully finish it over the next couple of months. I’m happy to discover that I actually already know many of the words introduced here. It also helps making each chapter less overwhelming since I’m already familiar with about half of the content.
For those of you who want to keep expanding your intermediate-advanced level Korean vocabulary but don’t really know how to do so, this book is a great resource. Being nothing but a collection of words and sample sentences it’s in no way exciting, but it provides a good structure which may be helpful for advanced learners who want to track their progress and study in a more organized manner. When I was reading Korean online newspapers this morning I noticed the use of two of the words I studied last night. Yesterday I wouldn’t have understood but today I did. Now, that’s progress and it feels so good!