Like many other Korean bloggers, I love the Korean Grammar in Use textbook. But what make a textbooks like Grammar in Use so good?
There’s a few obvious things – concise, clear grammar explanations being top of the list. Suitably difficult exercises, vocab lists and clear book structure are always nice too. One thing that really makes a difference for me though? Interesting examples. No-one likes only boring sentences like ‘나는 아침마다 조깅을 해요.’ Yawn. Sentences like 할아버지: ‘청바지를 입으니까 더 젊어 보이지?’ and ‘언니는 지금 기분이 좋으면서 안 좋은 척 한다’? Hell yeah! Interesting and engaging examples make a huge difference.
And bad textbooks? Anything with romanisations. If you find a textbook which uses them, put it back immediately! Blurgh. Absolute pet hate when it comes to textbooks!
What about you? What makes a textbook good or bad for you?