[Review] Korean Grammar In Use : Intermediate

My first review ^^

I will be trying reviewing Korean Grammar In Use – Intermediate grammar book!

I’m really glad I bought this book (:

korean grammar in use - intermediate

First impressions! its not a very big book so carrying it around is not a big deal ^^ you can lag it around and study when you have some free time away from home or where ever (: and the paper is really good quality its like a smooth quality paper ~ glossy is the word I am looking for ….but because the paper is really pretty I can’t bring myself to write in the textbook ㅠㅠ I prefer to write in my notebook XD

/Structure of the book/

Chapter 1

  • Grammar point presentation
  • introduction (with short dialogues introducing the grammar point)
  • investigating the target grammar (different tenses and types of speech)
  • restrictions and/ or irregularities with the grammar point
  • a comparison using the grammar pattern being learnt
  • (Make a Dialogue) section to make a dialogue of your own!
  • practice in target grammar
  • double-check ( at the end of each chapter) for review of the grammar learnt and bonus is that the questions are in the form of the TOPIK test paper to help familiarize with TOPIK ^^ #awesome

And! that handy CD that brings the whole book together ^^ there is accompanying audio files for all the dialogues ^^

Grammar Explanations

This is my first ever Korean grammar book so what other explanations other grammar books have I don’t know ~ I only know this one (:

And when I first paged through the book it was the first thing I noted /explanations/
was that they were all in Korean :D /scary/  for me as a somewhat in-between levels I found that very intimidating at first but looking at it made that all go away because the explanations of grammar although are not in English/ or much of anything they are visual explanations which are better I think (: even for me who is pretty much a beginner when it comes to thinking :D

Dialogue 

the dialogues are awesome to me because they make learning less intimidating and bring the whole grammar lesson together ; then add the CD with the dialogue spoken and you get a trunk full of happiness when learning grammar ㅋㅋㅋand I like the “Make your own dialogue” section allows for thinking (:  and expansion with the topic (:

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the CD

Great!

What I like

How informative the book is ;so far I am on Chapter 4 and not once have I come across something that is explained in a way that makes me completely confused …and pushes me into an “omfg….this is insanely difficult” moment! none of that stuff which is awesome it gives you more motivation and confidence when the book itself is a simple layout :)

The supplementary CD ; it’s the perfect touch to this book because most times when your reading something your most likely repeating in your head to make it sink in?! but you’re not actually 100% certain of the pronunciation that your  making but with the CD you hear what they are saying and it brings the whole thing together (the grammar ; the  dialogue ) so when you get to the practice questions and “create a dialogue” section your pretty much set for the job ^^

What I don’t like

Sometime although the usage of visual explanations actually works best it can also be a huge downer when you would prefer to read it : so I don’t like how sometimes it can be vague when it comes to meanings ~ I’m not in the author’s head so when there is a slight difference of thought I feel like I have missed the point of the whole grammar point just because my thinking is different! But that’s a minor problem …actually not even a problem it’s just a thought (:

Book info

Price : 23,000₩

ISBN : 978-89-277-3078-1

Publisher : Darakwon

Bottom line

It’s a good book and even though it is labelled as an “Intermediate” book and it is Intermediate in my opinion but it is still usable for someone who is somewhat in beginner to intermediate transition mode (a.k.a me I dunno where I am :D) it has its challenges which are always a driving force to be better ; if you don’t have a challenge sometimes you can just give up on things but with this book its challenging enough and engaging that you never stop, I actually over read it the first few days but I loved it I definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a push forward plus anyone studying for TOPIK ….which I am sadly not doing ㅠㅠ but one day (maybe even this year!!!!!) I will write it right now though I don’t feel like I can do it ^^

I have one question though ~ a lot of people mention the TOPIK 150 book does anyone know where I can get that book?!

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