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Korean Grammar in Use - beginning. Textbook

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The first Volume of "Korean Grammar in Use series"  designed for beginners in korean language!



This book is the culmination of educational know-how and systematic grammar organization acquired by the three authors from their experience actually teaching Korean to foreigners in the classroom. In focusing strictly on Korean grammar, this series represents a departure from most current integrated teaching materials, allowing foreign learners to more easily concentrate on grammar in their study of Korean. The authors have included real dialogues and illustrations to make the study of Korean more interesting, especially for those students who have heretofore felt Koran grammar to be difficult. Further, this series equally serves as a general Korean grammar reference that can be used by Korean language instructors both in Korea and abroad who regularly experience the difficulty of teaching Korean grammar first-hand. 

• Collects the introductory grammar points normally taught in Levels 1 and 2 at most university affiliated and private language institutes. 

• Makes it easy for learners to locate those grammar patterns they find the most confusing by providing comparisons of patterns similar in meaning and usage. This way, learners can not only clarify the differences between similar patterns, but also study how they are used differently depending on the situation. 

• Lets the learner confirm the usage of target grammar points by illustrating how they are used in real conversation. The examples presented are not simply sentences constructed for the purpose of illustrating grammar, but rather examples of how the grammar points are actually used in real life. 

• Includes special sections on particularly tricky grammar points to allow learners to acquire a more accurate and natural-sounding command of Korean. Further, by presenting a variety of grammatical patterns along with both practice exercises and graphic illustrations, learners can approach the study of Korean grammar with renewed interest.

-Before learning through this book you need to know hangul characters

Table of Contents



How to Use This Book

Table of Contents


- Introduction to the Korean Language 

1. Korean Sentence Structure

2. Conjugation of Verbs and Adjectives

3. Connecting Sentences

4. Sentence Types

5. Honorific Expressions


-Getting Ready

01 이다 (to be)

02 있다 (to exist/be, to have)  

03 Numbers

04 Dates and Days of the Week

05 Time


Unit 1. Tenses 

01 Present Tense A/V-(스)ㅂ니다   

02 Present Tense A/V-아/어요   

03 Past Tense A/V-았/었어요

04 Future Tense V-(으)ㄹ 거예요 ① 

05 Progressive Tense V-고 있다 ①

06 Past Perfect Tense A/V-았/었었어요


Unit 2. Negative Expressions

01 Word Negation

02 안 A/V-아/어요 (A/V-지 않아요)

03 못 V-아/어요 (V-지 못해요) 


Unit 3. Particles

01 N이/가

02 N은/는

03 N을/를

04 N와/과, N(이)랑, N하고

05 N의

06 N에 ①

07 N에 ②

08 N에서

09 N에서 N까지, N부터 N까지

10 N에게/한테

11 N도

12 N만

13 N밖에 

14 N(으)로

15 N(이)나 ①

16 N(이)나 ②

17 N쯤 

18 N처럼/N같이

19 N보다

20 N마다


Unit 4. Listing and Contrast

01 A/V-고

02 V-거나

03 A/V-지만

04 A/V-(으)ㄴ/는데 ①


Unit 5. Time Expressions

01 N 전에, V-기 전에

02 N 후에, V-(으)ㄴ 후에

03 V-고 나서

04 V-아/어서

05 N 때, A/V-(으)ㄹ 때

06 V-(으)면서

07 N 중, V-는 중

08 V-자마자

09 N 동안, V-는 동안

10 V-(으)ㄴ 지


Unit 6. Ability and Possibility

01 V-(으)ㄹ 수 있다/없다

02 V-(으)ㄹ 줄 알다/모르다


Unit 7. Demands and Obligations, Permission and Prohibition

01 V-(으)세요

02 V-지 마세요

03 A/V-아/어야 되다/하다

04 A/V-아/어도 되다

05 A/V-(으)면 안 되다

06 A/V-지 않아도 되다 (안 A/V-아/어도 되다)


Unit 8. Expressions of Hope

01 V-고 싶다

02 A/V-았/었으면 좋겠다


Unit 9. Reasons and Causes

01 A/V-아/어서 ② 

02 A/V-(으)니까 ①

03 N 때문에, A/V-기 때문에


Unit 10. Making Requests and Assisting

01 V-아/어 주세요, V-아/어 주시겠어요?

02 V-아/어 줄게요, V-아/어 줄까요?


Unit 11. Trying New Things and Experiences

01 V-아/어보다

02 V-(으)ㄴ 적이 있다/없다


Unit 12. Asking Opinions and Making Suggestions

01 V-(으)ㄹ까요? ①

02 V-(으)ㄹ까요? ②

03 V-(으)ㅂ시다

04 V-(으)시겠어요?

05 V-(으)ㄹ래요? ①


Unit 13. Intentions and Plans

01 A/V-겠어요 ①

02 V-(으)ㄹ게요 

03 V-(으)ㄹ래요 ②


Unit 14. Background Information and Explanations

01 A/V-(으)ㄴ/는데 ②

02 V-(으)니까 ②


Unit 15. Purpose and Intention

01 V-(으)러 가다/오다

02 V-(으)려고

03 V-(으)려고 하다

04 N을/를 위해(서), V-기 위해(서)

05 V-기로 하다


Unit 16. Conditions and Suppositions

01 A/V-(으)면

02 V-(으)려면

03 A/V-아/어도


Unit 17. Conjecture

01 A/V-겠어요 ②

02 A/V-(으)ㄹ 거예요 ②

03 A/V-(으)ㄹ까요? ③

04 A/V-(으)ㄴ/는/(으)ㄹ 것 같다


Unit 18. Changes in Parts of Speech

01 관형형 -(으)ㄴ/-는/-(으)ㄹ N

02 A/V-기

03 A-게

04 A-아/어하다


Unit 19. Expressions of State

01 V-고 있다 ② 

02 V-아/어 있다

03 A-아/어지다

04 V-게 되다


Unit 20. Confirming Information

01 A/V-(으)ㄴ/는지

02 V-는 데 걸리다/들다

03 A/V-지요?


Unit 21. Discovery and Surprise

01 A/V-군요/는군요

02 A/V-네요


Unit 22. Additional Endings

01 A-(으)ㄴ가요?, V-나요?

02 A/V-(으)ㄴ/는데요


Unit 23. Quotations

01 Direct Quotations

02 Indirect Quotations

03 Indirect Quotation Contracted Forms


Unit 24. Irregular Conjugations

01 ‘ㅡ’ 불규칙 (Irregular Conjugation)

02 ‘ㄹ’ 불규칙 (Irregular Conjugation)

03 ‘ㅂ’ 불규칙 (Irregular Conjugation)

04 ‘ㄷ’ 불규칙 (Irregular Conjugation)

05 ‘르’ 불규칙 (Irregular Conjugation)

06 ‘ㅎ’ 불규칙 (Irregular Conjugation)

07 ‘ㅅ’ 불규칙 (Irregular Conjugation)


- Appendix

Good Things to Know

Answer Key

Grammar Explanations in Use

Korean Grammar Inde​x 


Data sheet

714 g

Specific References


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