Using Korean: A Guide to Contemporary Usage

This is a guide to Korean language usage for students who have already acquired the basics of the language. Unlike a conventional grammar, it highlights those areas of vocabulary and grammar which cause the most difficulty to English speakers. Clear, readable and easy to consult, it is essential for all those who wish to take their Korean beyond the beginner\'s level.

• Focuses on how Korean language is used in different situations • Extensive use of examples to illustrate authentic and natural speech • Clear explanations that are accessible to students with no training in language analysis


Style and usage: 1. Sentence endings; 2. Honorifics; 3. Address terms and pronouns; 4. Language for daily situations; 5. Conversational bridges; 6. Softening strategies; 7. Local dialects; 8. Written versus spoken language; Vocabulary: 9. Native and borrowed words; 10. Word formation; 11. Some vocabulary contrasts; 12. Proverbs and idioms; 13. Sound symbolism; 14. Numbers; Grammar: 15. Verb types; 16. Tense and aspect; 17. Modality; 18. Negation; 19. Particles; 20. Comparison; 21. Conjunctives; 22. Complex sentences.