Lady Xiansa's Guide to Beginning Korean

Lady Xiansa's Guide to Beginning Korean

by Wendelin Gray

ISBN: 9781542522236

Publisher CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

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Book Description

Lady Xiansa’s Guide to Beginning Korean is a practical manual for first-year Korean students who want the most useful grammar and relevant vocabulary to quickly promote speaking and writing skills. Many textbooks focus on travel phrases, situations in Korea, school, or very limited small talk while providing overwhelming lists of vocabulary or inconsistent verb speech levels. This guide aims to lay the foundation for further academic study of Korean. While not a self-study guide, this textbook should be a good reference tool for students.

Sample Chapter

Transliteration Systems

There are two ways to write Korean in the Latin alphabet, the South Korean System and the McCune-Reischauer System.  The McCune-Reischauer system is more phonetic and was devised in 1937 by two Americans, George McCune and Edwin Reischauer; it is widely used in Western publications, particularly older ones. The more recent, official system is the one adopted in South Korea in 2000 by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, which is simply called the South Korean System.  There is also a Yale Romanization System, but it isn’t in wide use.

These systems of Romanization are primarily important when reading English-language publications on Korea or Romanized signage. They really are more of a hindrance to the study of the language than a help.  In order to quickly gain reading fluency in Korean, it’s better to rely on Romanization as little as possible, and this textbook won’t use it much outside of its introductory lessons.  In the experience of the author, it’s important to exclusively use the alphabet or writing system of a non-Latin script as quickly as possible in order to prevent language processing interference that springs up when that shift is delayed too long. 




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Wendelin Gray

Wendelin Gray

Wendelin Gray is a linguist, writer, dancer and long-time volunteer with the Silk Screen Asian Arts Organization in Pittsburgh, PA. She has also written the novella The Weary City and the novels The Vulpecula Cycle and The Haunting at Ice Pine Peak. She blogs about East Asian language and literature at and

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