Korean Made Easy

Korean Made Easy

by Chris Backe

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Whether you're teaching English in Korea, starting a corporate job, or serving as a soldier, knowing a bit of Korean will make your life in Korea that much more awesome - guaranteed.

Hi, I'm Chris Backe (rhymes with hockey). When I moved to Korea, I wasn't sure I'd ever pick up Korean.


Every book that taught you Korean did the same thing: they spent about five seconds on the basic parts of the language, then jumped right into full phrases and lecturing about boring points of grammar. Did you really enjoy conjugating verbs in high school? Yawn.

Chapters are broken down into simple, easy-to-digest chunks - less thinking required!

Sure, I ended up learning Korean - and I realized you will never need to know the phrase 'I am wearing a green sweater', so why learn it? You will need 'Where is the bathroom?' and 'One beer, please!', so you'll learn those two.

Learn the Korean you're actually going to use while in Korea.

We're going to use words and phrases, not dialogues. We'll pair up the words and phrases you're going to use, show you what it looks like in Korean, then show you how to say it in simple English syllables. It's as simple as that.

This e-book is not a dictionary or quick-study book for tourists - it's written specifically for people living in Korea.

You'll start with hangeul, the Korean alphabet. You'll learn the letters, how to put them together to make syllables, and how to make sounds with them. We'll look at some real world examples – a hint that there are thousands of English words secretly disguised as Korean words. Later on, we'll talk about everything from Korean alcohol to getting off the beaten path.

So what else are we going to talk about?

  • Getting the pronunciation right - the locals are picky about this.
  • About formalities and honorifics - a big deal in this Confucian-based society.
  • Getting to know people - everyone from co-workers to your students
  • The holidays Korea really celebrates - including the ones you won't find on most calendars
  • Eating - with a special section for vegetarians and those with allergies
  • Korean alcohol - some of the most potent stuff around
  • Curses - the words and phrases that'll make the old people blush
  • Handling your students (if you're an English teacher)
  • Talking to your boss and co-workers (using the formal tense)
  • Traveling around Korea - how to read the maps, get help, and get around without a guidebook
  • What to say when you feel like crap
  • Korean expressions and slang - stuff some locals have never heard from a foreigner's mouth.

And plenty more.

Version 5.0 was updated July 2018, and plays nice with any modern device (some older e-book reader device won't display Korean characters – if it doesn't work for your device, send me an e-mail and I'll send you a PDF that'll work for any device to make it right).

IMPORTANT: the audio track is not embedded in the e-book file. Instead, the book has a link to a ZIP file of free, unrestricted MP3 tracks to go with the book. Load them up on your MP3 player or device and hit play - there's at least one track per chapter.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940152847611
Publisher: Worthy Go
Publication date: 12/23/2015
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Chris Backe is a popular blogger on travel and life in Korea at chrisinsouthkorea.com. Born near Chicago, Illinois, Chris has called South Korea home since March 2008. He has traveled to every province and major city of South Korea, many of them multiple times. His writings and photographs have appeared in the Groove Korea Magazine, 10 Magazine, WorknPlay Magazine, the Korea Herald, the Korea Times, and has contributed guest posts to foXnoMad, the Professional Hobo, thePlanetD.com, Nomadic Chick, and the Travel Writers Exchange. He currently just lives south of Seoul, where he teaches English and loves to go swing dancing.

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Korean Made Easy 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
ChrisBacke More than 1 year ago
Greetings, As the author, I'd like to reach out to anyone who has bought my e-book and has problems with displaying. As you might know, some e-book readers have difficulties rendering Asian characters. My initial drafts were not satisfactory; after many hours seeking a solution, I found that creating a picture of the Korean characters would work best. After uploading it through B&N's back-end, I used the provided emulator to ensure it displayed everything. It appeared to, and I continued the process to put the e-book on sale. If you bought this e-book and it doesn't display correctly on your device, I'd like to do right by you. Please e-mail me personally at chrisinsouthkorea AT gmail DOT com with your order number or some other proof of purchase. In exchange for your report on what does or doesn't work, I'll send you a PDF version for whatever devices you like, gratis. It goes without saying that it will be for your personal use only :)
sandee ferman More than 1 year ago
This book gives a good introduction to learning Korean for English speakers, especially Americans travelling for extended periods in Korea. The only problem is the hangeul characters are not consistently well displayed on my (new) nook color. This makes it harder to learn the Korean alphabet, which was a main reason I bought the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A large part of this E-book is learning to read the Korean alphabet. The Korean characters are mostly unreadable on my Pandigital Novel. Other devices may do better.
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STORE NOOKUSER More than 1 year ago
The hangeul symbols are so tiny. You can barely read them.