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Recommended Resources

Once you finish TenguGo Korean Hangul you'll be able to (slowly) read Korean. Of course that is only the first step in your journey to fluency.

Here are some more resources we recommend as a next step. Of course, like any language, hauling your butt to Korea and and doing a full blown immersion program as soon as possible is something you should start looking into (I know, life gets in the way). Doing English/Korean conversation exchanges is another great way to build your fluency and also increase you knowledge of Korean culture.

Of course don't forget to check out TenguGo.com to see what new stuff we're working on.

Integrated Korean Series - If you're serious about getting advanced in Korean you need to check out this series which covers almost 10 different levels of Korean. Each chapter has a good mix of dialogue, vocabulary, grammar and exercises. You can download the MP3 audio for free online.

One good exercise is to read a dialogue in Korean until you understand all the vocabulary and grammar. Then, looking at the English translation, try to write out the dialogue in Korean without any spelling or grammar mistakes. It's a great way to make sure you really understand the dialogues.

Pimsleur: Conversational Korean - This includes 16 thirty-minute conversation lessons. Rip these to your MP3 player and try to do about one a day in the morning and you will see you listening and basic conversation skills increase quickly. For each new lesson keep a vocabulary list of the new words and then study the vocabulary list for the last 2 lessons before starting a new lesson. It is a little repetitive but that is also what makes it effective.

Pimsleur never explains the grammar (they focus on vocabulary and useful pattern phrases) but as long as you're also working with a book you should be able to figure out what is going on.

Korean for beginners - This is a good, lighthearted book that takes you from Hangul all the way through a lot of useful conversational Korean. Sometimes it tries to teach you too many new things without enough depth/examples but there is a lot of really good stuff in this book and the authors keep it fun!

Includes a CD with accompanying audio files.

Korean Dictionary - If you're studying Korean, why not get a dictionary? This is a nicely formatted dictionary that also includes transliteration for beginners. With over 20,000 entries it will definitely get you through your first few years of Korean.

Tuttle Korean Dictionary - This dictionary is English to Korean only but it has one extra piece of information that is very helpful, the Chinese characters (Hanja) for the many words that Korean borrowed from Chinese. The Hanja aren't written that often in modern Korean but they can help you to understand and remember the meaning and pronunciation of words sharing the same characters as well as helping you to impress/shame the young Koreans who don't know the origin.

This will be most helpful to anyone who has previously studied Chinese or Japanese.