Handbook of the Korean Language

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All things Korea are on fire these days, aren’t they? As the world gets ever-smaller, people everywhere are discovering the wonders of her culture and arts (‘The Korean Wave’ ring any bells?), cuisine, fashion, and cosmetics and other products. Meanwhile, Korea’s rapidly advancing financial power and political influence are creating many windows of opportunity for the Korean people and those who interact with them. On top of all that, her people (who seem to be everywhere nowadays) are also charming the world with their winning ways.

Korea is also on every travellers’ short-list. And for good reason...it is awesome. Tell me you don’t want to visit!

The secret is out...The Land of the Morning Calm is on everyone’s radar. So, it should come as no surprise that Korean is one of the hottest languages on Earth these days. You are reading this, aren’t you?

Language education, bound by tradition, usually proceeds very gradually. Like a horse with blinders on, the learner cannot see beyond the next step. Students are presumed unable to handle the view from atop the castle wall. Even after innumerable steps, perspective remains elusive.

Imagine that horse when it is freed. Thrilling? Sure...at first. Then what, though? Upon realizing utter ignorance of the surroundings, confusion and fear must surely come. “Where will I go? What will I do? Where’s my feedbag and water trough?” Not so fun...

Alas, if only our buddy had had a chance to look around, if only he had observed his world from the high ramparts a few times, then he would know where to find a stream, grass, shelter, and maybe even some other horses. Empowered with a mental map, optimism would replace fear and befuddlement, and his liberation would remain exciting, even exhilarating...

The Korean Language, exotic as it truly is, has been well-documented and mapped by now. Extensive research by early ‘Marco Polos’ (such as linguist Samuel Martin) opened up the language to the West. Works by such scholars tend to be very opaque, so naturally authors have since simplified this material to be accessible to regular language learners.

Doesn’t it make sense to benefit from discoveries made by earlier explorers? Would you take a trip to Asia without a map or two? Of course you wouldn’t.

Wise travellers study maps before starting out, and carry them for reference. Think of the alternative - recall our horse! Given the choice between the prison of uncertainty or intoxicating liberation, which would you choose?

You do have a choice. Study Korean however you want, but without blinders on. View and absorb the realm from the castle’s highest tower. Be liberated to see, explore, and comprehend far more than just that next step. Relish running free.

The Handbook of the Korean Language, in just a few short pages, provides a complete, concise overview of the language, its grammar, and its structure in a very user-friendly form. There is no other source like it.

It also clearly and logically outlines the contemporary and useful grammar points you will need to know. Rounding out the book are plenty of details and examples, and much more, further aiding your personal learning journey.

McDonough Books wants our pal to find those lush green meadows, after all.

Other features of the Handbook:

+ over 50 convenient tables and lists of frequently needed data
+ glossary explaining grammar terms in simple language
+ many example sentences
+ an index
+ exclusion of rarely used or archaic material
+ notes about frequency and general usefulness
+ recommended book list
+ much more

Testimonials from Amazon and Goodreads:
Anthony: “I have especially enjoyed big picture explanations”
Maya: “Exactly what I've been looking for...I shall be keeping this one handy.”
Kindle Customer: “Amazing Introduction” and “great explanation of the grammar”

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Mr. McDonough has lived in South Korea for several years, and spent countless hours studying the Korean Language, interacting with local people and simply being immersed in the cultural surroundings. His background and education was in computer science and he has worked as a chef, software engineer, teacher, and more. Also, he is a great outdoor enthusiast, with experience in alpinism, technical rock climbing, backpacking, fishing, surfing, and so on.

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Book Description Createspace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****. All things Korea are on fire these days, aren t they? As the world gets ever-smaller, people everywhere are discovering the wonders of her culture and arts ( The Korean Wave ring any bells?), cuisine, fashion, and cosmetics and other products. Meanwhile, Korea s rapidly advancing financial power and political influence are creating many windows of opportunity for the Korean people and those who interact with them. On top of all that, her people (who seem to be everywhere nowadays) are also charming the world with their winning ways. Korea is also on every travellers short-list. And for good reason.it is awesome. Tell me you don t want to visit! The secret is out.The Land of the Morning Calm is on everyone s radar. So, it should come as no surprise that Korean is one of the hottest languages on Earth these days. You are reading this, aren t you? Traditional language education typically follows a gradual, step-by-step process. The overall context is never truly provided. Even after months, perspective remains elusive. See the problem here? Remember going to amusement parks as a kid? There was always a map, and you studied it eagerly. You felt like Marco Polo! With a wrinkled map firmly in hand, it was great fun and adventure. Even at 6 or 7, you could easily grasp the big picture and find your way around, so why couldn t you now? Humanity hasn t produced many Marco Polos. Undoubtedly thousands of people failed where he succeeded. But Polo, with his reports and maps, opened up Asia to the countless Europeans that followed him. Korean is well-documented by now. Isn t it simply sensible to benefit from maps made by earlier explorers? Exploring is still pretty exciting, even with a map - just ask kids at Disneyland! The Handbook of the Korean Language, in just a few short pages, provides a complete, concise overview of the language, its grammar, and its structure in a very user-friendly form. There is no other source like it. It also clearly and logically outlines the contemporary and useful grammar points you will need to know. Rounding out the book are plenty of details and examples, and much more, further aiding your personal learning journey. McDonough Books doesn t want you to die of thirst in the Gobi Desert, after all. Other features of the Handbook include: + over 50 convenient tables and lists of frequently needed data + glossary explaining grammar terms in simple language + many example sentences + an index + exclusion of rarely used or archaic material + notes about frequency and general usefulness + recommended book list + much more. Here are a few testimonials from Amazon and Goodreads: Anthony: I have especially enjoyed big picture explanations Maya: Exactly what I ve been looking for.I shall be keeping this one handy. Kindle Customer: Amazing Introduction and great explanation of the grammar Amazon Customer: Awesome book.would recommend McDonough Books.Guiding Your Personal Learning Journey. Seller Inventory # APC9781514717325

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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. Paperback. Condition: New. This item is printed on demand. 124 pages. Dimensions: 8.5in. x 5.5in. x 0.3in.This book represents an effort of around five years of part-time research, study, and writing by the author. In addition to assembling and organizing large amounts of accurate - and current - information from nearly countless sources, Mr. McDonough has also striven to describe the Korean Language in clear, engaging prose. Although written with beginning and intermediate learners in mind, even advanced users should find this handy book quite useful. Some of this data is very hard to find in any reference source (in English, anyways) and this book is much more accessible than others written by native Korean authors, professional linguists, academics, and the like. Naturally, explaining a foreign language requires some grammar terminology. However, this has been minimized and all terms are clearly explained in simple language, and also defined in a convenient glossary at the beginning of the book. The Handbook is meant to be a solid introduction to the grammar and structure of the language, as well as a reference guide to be consulted as needed. Everything you should need is very clearly laid out, with over 50 tables and lists, as well as an index. Plenty of examples are provided as well. This is the only book of its kind written in English currently available, and the only book that contains such a well-organized and useful collection of information. Part of its unique value is in the authors careful editing and the exclusion of a lot of older, rarer legacy grammar material that tends to haunt many Korean books. Further aiding the user, notes about frequency and general usefulness are included in many places. In addition to being a self-contained educational resource, the Handbook would nicely complement classroom study as well as the various textbooks on the market. Lastly, this might be a useful tool for Korean natives studying English. The author comes from a computer science background, and initially set out to create a users guide similar to those in that field (really, just for his own use). That project evolved into much more, and this book is the result. A companion vocabulary-focussed volume is due out later in 2015, and an advanced book in 2016. Other learning tools are planned as well, including an interactive Internet-based application for computers and smartphones. This item ships from La Vergne,TN. Paperback. Seller Inventory # 9781514717325

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