Friday, June 27, 2008

A3 할게요

I received a call from SKS yesterday. The school's administrator, Victoria, confirmed that Advanced 3 Course is going happened in the coming semester which starts next week. Five students have signed up for the course, just nice to make a class. Although it is the first time A3 is offered in SKS, strictly speaking, it is not a new course. It covers chapter 5-8 of Kyunghee's Intermediate 2 textbook which are similarly covered in former A2 Course. Old students of SKS need not rush back to sign up for the course as there is nothing new about it except the course title.

A3 will be my last Korean language course in SKS and perhaps in Singapore. There is unlikely any higher level course beyond this point. It will be my "graduating" course although I am sure there won't be any graduation ceremony at the end. Singapore is quite unlike Korea where they have opening and closing ceremony for all sort of courses. Almost after 3 years, I am finally going to "graduate" but I am quite reluctant to meet the end so soon. Even before the start of A3, I am already missing class as if I have already completed it. My thought seems to have travelled ahead in time.

With or without class, learning should still continue, so I am going to recommend a Korean grammar book. The "Korean Grammar for International Learners" was first introduced by our A1 teacher, Ms Jang, who found this book at Kyobo bookstore while she was back in Korea early this year to celebrate Seollal and her father's 60th birthday . The 442-pages book authored by Ihm Ho Bin, Hong Kyung Pyo and Chang Suk In is published by the reputed Yonsei University Press. You probably won't find another book that gives such a comprehensive coverage of Korean grammars in English. My only gripe about this book is that grammars are generally not explained with enough depth. But lack of a better alternative, this book will still be of great help to Korean language learners. In fact, everyone in my class is in possession of this book. I can't remember how much I paid for the book. I think it is either 15,000won or 20,000won but more likely to be 15,000won.


  1. Hi..
    I am going over to Korea soon and have been learning Korean for about 1 year. May I know, other than this book, what other books do you recommend buying? Thanks in advance :)

  2. oh! i bought that book too. hehe. at Bandi & Luni for abt 14000won. ;) its gd. :)

  3. 추천해 고마워~~~ 난 한국을 떠나기 전에 사야겠다~ ^^

  4. Hello, I am afraid I have no other book to recommend but you may like to take a look at the various Korean textbooks publish by the different Korean universities. I think you can find such textbooks in the foreign language section.

    Jean, you got yours at 1000won cheaper. So lucky =D

    Kaye, 한국 떠나기 전에 다시 만나자. 연략할게 :)

  5. 헉! 언제 올거야???? ㅋㅋㅋ

  6. 떠나기 전이라고 했지?
    연략할게 ^^

  7. 그 책을 싱가포르에서 살 수 있으는데요? 저도 그를 사고 싶어요. 고마워요.

  8. 미안해요. 나도 잘 모르겠어요. 혹시 Kinokuniya나 Borders에 한번 물어보세요.

  9. 예, 괜찮아요. 나는 물어볼게요. 감사합니다.

    그럼 질문해도 될까요? 지금 싱가포르에서 더 고등의 한국어 수업이 없어서 그 언어를 공부해서 한국에 가는의 계획이 있어요?

  10. 고급 한국어를 배우고 싶다면 한국에 가는 것이 어쩔 수 없는 일인 것 같아요. 그러므로 갈 계획이 없으면 되겠어요? 아니죠. ^^

  11. 헉 놀래라 내이름 ㅜ.ㅜ;;;
    저 victoria 입니다. 처음부터 제 이름 나오길래 두근두근하는 마음으로 보았습니다. ^^

    이번에 학교를 이전하면 master반을 열예정입니다.. ^^
    물론 고급책을 가지구요

    이때까지는 숫자가 없어서 열지 못했는데... 기대해주세요.
    그나저나 우리 학생인데 누군지.. ㅠㅠ

    jean씨 일까? -_-;;;