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Roadmap to Korean

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Roadmap to Korean is the most complete and thorough introduction to the Korean language of its kind. A sweeping journey through thousands of years of history, the book is an essential study guide for students of the language, from novices just beginning their studies to the most advanced learner. Anyone seeking to understand the country and its people on a more intimate le ...more
Hardcover, 350 pages
Published January 1st 2003 by Hollym International Corporation
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This is a great text. The first four chapters in Part 1, on the history of the language and culture of Korea are priceless for anyone working with Koreans on a daily basis. I wish that I had read this 34 years ago. My life in the UC and relationships with Regional leaders might have been very different.

The chapter on High and Low-Context Languages gave me additonal insight into why the DP was written the way it was. It also clarifies why misunderstandings and conflicts so often arise. I highly
There's a lot of resources out there for students of Korean. Some are written by Koreans for he benefit of foreigners. Most of said resources are laughably bad while few and far between are quite good. On the other hand, some are written by foreigners for the benefit of other foreigners. Most of said resources are either for learning slang or are simply MIA. An exceptional resource is Richard Harris's Roadmap to Korean. His previous effort, interestingly enough, is also hard to find and also ver ...more
This is a great book for anyone who is trying to learn Korean. You can finally internalize why Korean is put together the way it is, and the customs, history and social structure that put the language together the way it is.

Korean is difficult. YOu need reasons to keep going. Richard Harris provides this. You can learn all the "levels of politeness" that are so difficult in Korean and "ban-mal" too (the level used to talk to children). There's a lot of fun small talk at the back of the book too,
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Richard Harris was born in Toronto, Canada in 1974. After completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science at McGill University in 1996, he moved to South Korea, where he lived for 10 years. He then spent two years travelling the world and returned to Toronto in 2009.

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