Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new contender for best Korean textbook, possibly knocking Korean Grammar in Use off its pedestal. While browsing my university library collection of Korean resources I hit the jackpot – Modern Korean: An Intermediate Reader by Nam-Kil Kim.
Modern Korean is the ideal textbook for intermediate learners, divided into 2 sections with 12 chapters each. If have completed Level 1 and 2 TOPIK, this book should be great for your level.
Chapters begin with a reading passage, followed by notes on the dialogue, featured vocabulary, grammatical patterns and a glossary. The exercises are extensive – substitution and grammar drills, comprehension questions, translations and more. I particularly love the inclusion of translation exercises – they are not included often in Korean textbooks despite being a useful exercise.
Another great feature of this book is the inclusion of 한자 in the second half. Like translation exercises, I don’t often see these in other textbooks.
Overall, I’m very happy with this find – if I see in a bookstore I’ll definitely be buying it. But for now I’ll keep renewing my library loan! My only small complaint would be that some of the passage are a little dry for my taste, but the example sentences are more interesting.
Modern Korean: An Intermediate Reader, Nam-Kil Kim
ISBN-10: 0824822226 | ISBN-13: 978-0824822224