[Korean] Sogang Text Book Delivery From twoChois

It has arrived! “NEW SOGANG KOREAN 3A STUDENT’S BOOK” has arrived today from twochois! I did a vlog opening the package. You can watch it here in youtube

Some pictures….

packageThe package itself, all the way from Seoul, South Korea in less than 2 weeks. Either the time flew too quick or the delivery was too quick or both.

hyoyeonCool handwritten message from twochois, thank you twochois! 감사합니다.

hyoyeonHyo-yeon from SNSD/Girls’ Generation!!! 😀

sogangand finally the books! Thank you very much twochois for sending me not only the student book but also the work book which I did not even win. You are awesome!!

I’ll do an honest review by using it as much as possible within a month as you requested. 정말 감사합니다.


[Korean] Long time no see and how to say “give to~” and “got from” in Korean

Hello everyone, how have you been?

It’s been a while since I wrote anything serious in my blog. Although I had few posts to make, I got lazy and busy as always with other stuff and just procrastinated. I even had a post on my visit to the InKo Center (Indian Korean Center in Chennai) back in May in the draft forever. I also wanted to write on my JLPT N5 experience which I took in Chennai, but I never wrote a post on it.

As you can see in my previous post, I won a Korean language book, (New Sogang Korean 3A: Student’s Book) from twochois (do check out their blog here if you want to know how can you win too). All I just need to do is a review of it within one month of receiving that book from them. It seems to be a book suitable for intermediate Korean learners. So I thought I better resume my Korean learning after pausing it for 3 months already (time flies) if I want to make a good review of that book.

At present I am studying Korean grammar from the book “Korean Grammar In Use – Beginning” (click here), it’s a great book if you have been learning basic Korean for a while like few weeks or months and want to focus on grammar learning.

I just typed out this whole lesson “N에게/한테” out of this book. In this lesson we can learn how to say “to give something to someone” or/and “receive something from someone”!

I hope I won’t be accused of piracy for sharing this lesson with you.


Some examples:

재준 씨가 캐럴 씨에게 선물을 줍니다.

Jaejun gives a present to Carol.

선생님이 학생들에게 한국어를 가르칩니다.

The teacher teaches Korean to the students.

동생이 개한테 밥을 줘요.

My little sister feeds the dog.

Grammar Focus

에게/한테 are added to nouns representing people or other living creatures and indicate that the noun is the recipient or target of an action. 한테 is more colloquial than 에게. 에게/한테 are only used when the preceding noun is a person or other living creature. Otherwise, (for plants, things, places, etc.) 에 is used.

에게/한테 cannot be used with all verbs. The limited number of verbs they can be used with include

주다 (to give)

선물하다 (to give a present)

던지다 (to throw)

보내다 (to send)

부치다 (to ship/send)

쓰다 (to write)

전화하다 (to phone)

묻다 (to ask)

가르치다 (to teach)

말하다 (to speak)

팔다 (to sell)

가다 (to go)

오다 (to come)

Person | Animal + 에게/한테

Thing | Plant | Place + 에

개에게 줘요

나무에 물을 줘요

친구에게 소포를 보내요

중국에 소포를 보내요

선생님한테 물어봐요

회사에 물어봐요

친구한테 전화해요

사무실에 전화해요

아기가 엄마한테 와요

친구가 우리 집에 와요

In Conversation

A 누구한테 편지를 써요? A Who are you writing a letter to?

B 고향 친국한테 편지를 써요 B I’m writing a letter to my friend back home.

A 왜 꽃을 샀어요? Why did you buy flowers?

B 여자 친구한테 선물할 거예요. I’m going to give them to my girlfriend as a present.

A 선생님, 남산도서관 전화번호가 몇 번이예요? Teacher, what is the phone number for Namsan Library?

B 미안해요, 잘 몰라요. 114에 전화해 보세요. I’m sorry, but I don’t know. Please call 114 (directory assistance)

Check It Out!

1. When giving or doing something for someone equal or lower in social status than the speaker, 에게 주다 is used. However, when the target of the action is someone of higher social status to whom the speaker must show respect, the honorific 께 is used in place of 에게/한테, and 드리다 is used in place of 주다.

나는 할아버지에게 선물을 주었습니다. -> 나는 할아버지께 선물을 드렸습니다.

I gave a present to my Grandpa.

사장님에게 전화를 했습니다 -> 사장님께 전화를 드렸습니다.

I made a call to the boss.

아버지에게 말했습니다 -> 아버지께 말씀드렸습니다.

I told my father.

2. When receiving or learning something from another, 에게서 받다/배우다 or 한테서 받다/배우다 is used. 서 can also be omitted, in which case the expression becomes 에게 받다/배우다 or 한테 받다/배우다. When the thing being received or learned comes from a person of higher social status, the honorific 께 is used in place of 에게서 and 한테서.

내 생일에 친구에게서 선물을 받았습니다. = 내생일에 친구에게 선물을 받았습니다.

I got a present from my friend on my birthday.

이정아 선생님한테서 한국말을 배웠습니다. = 이정아 선생님한테 한국말을 배웠습니다.

I learned Korean from my teacher, Lee Jeonga.

어렸을 때 할아버지께 한자를 배웠습니다.

I learned Chinese characters from my grandfather when I was little.


I hope it’s helpful to you! 🙂

[12th Lucky Draw] The winner is….

I WON! Finally! I WON!!!!

I actually visited twochois website today in the afternoon for a different reason and I noticed that
they put [12th Lucky Draw] winner video but I didn’t check it because my name didn’t appear clearly
in the screenshot of the video and also I thought I might have applied for a previous lucky draw and
not this one.

Just now, my good friend, fellow Korean learner from philippines, Karla (http://noshortcutstokorean.wordpress.com/)
contacted me on Skype saying that I won.

I haven’t been actively learning Korean for more than 3 months now, as I have too much stuff to do on my hands.
But, it seems like, winning this book, is one more reason for me to resume my Korean learning.

Thank you very much twochois! I hope I’ll start studying from the book as soon as I receive it and do a reivew
as soon as possible. I hope my laziness and busyness with other stuff doesn’t delay it.


Oh, it’s SUPER HOT here.

너무 더워요!!!!

Hope to be somewhere cool. >_<


let’s find out the winner!

The winner!! -> Please send us details of shipping information to us. 🙂

As soon as we receive the shipping info, we ship it right away.

Thanks for applying for the Lucky draw.

Hope you all have a great day and hope you could win next time. 🙂

와 주셔서 감사합니다.

다들 행복한 하루 보내세요-

Next lucky draw would be posted soon.

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[Apply Now] The 12th Korean Study Book Review Lucky Draw Begins.

I haven’t been blogging for a while but I’m re-blogging this as I don’t mind trying my luck winning this one! lol!



다들 잘 지내셨나요?

제11 회 Lucky Draw에 많은 관심을 보내주셔서 감사합니다.

서울은 요즘 날씨가 정말 변화무쌍해요.

여행 오실 분들은, 우산 꼭 가지고 오세요-


오늘부터 진행되는 열두 번째 Lucky Draw도 많은 관심 부탁드려요- >_<

This book is suitable for intermediate learners.

Book Info.


[서강 한국어] New Sogang Korean 3A Student’s Book

174 Pages ㅣ 210*275 (mm) ㅣ Textbook + Appendix book(English) + 1 CD


This new Sogang Korean series is an updated version of its predecessor with the following changes:

– new Grammar textbook
– Information on social and cultural context updated and modernized
– New illustrations and more effective layout
– Complete guide for Korean language learning, covering grammar, reading, speaking, listening and writing

The objective of this book is to assist readers to improve their communication skills in the Korean language. The format of the textbook and the workbook allows the learner to select and focus…

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[Apply Now] 5th Book Review Lucky Draw.

Let’s do this again! Will do it, until I win! ㅋㅋㅋㅋ



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제 4 회 Lucky Draw에 많은 관심을 보내주셔서 감사합니다.

오늘부터 진행되는 다섯 번째 Lucky Draw도 많은 관심 부탁드려요- >_<

This book is suitable for elementary level(very basic) learners.

Book Info.


Korean Language for a Good Job 1
Author : Lee Mi-hye Version : English / ThaiBook page : 212 pages
Supplement : Audio CD, Key Expressions & Drills

About This Book
Korean Skills for the Workplace
The Best Korean Language Kit!
All the Korean you need to learn to do your work.

• Practical use of situational conversations and daily vocabulary for the workplace!
• Helpful information to do a good job!
• Easy-to-learn essential Korean grammar and expressions!
• Sufficient tasks and practice to enable complete understanding!
• Situational conversations and practical expressions that are used in your daily working life!
• Systematical and precise understanding of Korean pronunciation!
• Essential grammar and vocabulary explained…

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[Apply Now] 4th Book Review Lucky Draw just Began.

Testing my luck again! If I win it, I will finish reading it, review it quick and give it away again to a new Korean learner through our IKLG (Indian Korean Learners Group) on facebook! So let’s hope I win it! ㅎㅎㅎㅎ



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제 3 회 Lucky Draw와 Bonus Lucky Draw에 많은 관심을 보내주셔서 감사합니다.

오늘부터 진행되는 네 번째 Lucky Draw도 많은 관심 부탁드려요- >_<

This book is suitable for elementary level learners.

Book Info.


Hello Korean 1 with Joon Gi Lee (English Ver.)

Author : Ji Young Park, So Young Yoo

Publishing company : Maribooks

Page : 288 pages

Published date : July, 10th, 2010

An easy-to-follow introductory textbook on the Korean language with Korean wave star Joon Gi Lee:

Few textbooks have been published that students learning independently could easily use although the need has sharply increased due to the spread of Korean culture in recent years.

Written by two veteran Korean teachers and Joon Gi Lee, a famous Korean Wave celebrity, this book is intended for those learning the Korean language for the first time and covers topics such as the Korean writing system, pronunciation rules…

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[Lucky Draw Bonus Week!] We have one more. :)

this could be a bit advanced to me as I am an intermediate learner but I don’t mind winning it and doing a review! 😛 thanks twochois!



이번 주는 특별히 두 권을 준비했어요!!! (잘 했어요? ㅎㅎ)

이번 책은 Advanced learner들을 위한 쓰기 책 입니다.

많은 참여 부탁드려요~~

Book Info.


서강 한국어 쓰기 1 ( Sogang Korean Writing 1)

This book is written for students who is planning to study in Korea.

All written in Korean.

Suitable for advanced learners.

외국인을 위한 한국어 쓰기 교재이다. 학습자의 눈높이에 맞춘 문법 설명이 곁들여져, 문장 쓰기의 간단한 연습부터 복잡한 작문까지 단계적인 연습을 거치면서 한국어 문장 구조에 대한 지식을 습득할 수 있다. 또, 문어체와 구어체의 개념과 차이점을 명확하게 인식하고, 나아가 ‘보고서’와 ‘논문’ 등 학술적인 글을 쓸 수 있는 기초를 닦을 수 있다. 한국어 문장 구조 뿐만이 아니라, 한 편의 글을 쓰기 위한 아이디어 찾기, 자료 수집 및 정리하기 등 쓰기 전반에 대한 방법도 수록되어있다. 각 과에서는 대학 생활의 여러 장면을 다루고 있어서 한국의 대학에 입학한 후의 전반적인 정보를 얻고, 현실적인 시각에서 대학 생활을 준비할 수 있다.

Table of Contents


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21 Questions tag!

Celebrated Korean learner Shanna (hangukdrama.com) has posted “21 Question tag – the Korean learner version” post today 3 days ago, where she basically answered 21 random questions she came up with.

Here’s my version, I hope it isn’t boring and too long. Enjoy! I would love to hear your versions too, feel free to write them or tag your blog url in the comments..

1. Why Korean?

Short answer: I am interested in learning foreign languages and I happened to be watching Korean dramas that time and got curious with what all those ‘signs’ could mean…

Long answer here: https://prashlearnskorean.wordpress.com/2012/04/24/why-korean/

2. Daum or Naver (dictionary I mean)?

Daum..why? One reason is, the day I decided (late last year) to actively learn Korean, Hangul script wasn’t working in naver (don’t ask why, even I don’t know why!) and the other reason is I am quite comfortable with daum so far.

3. First website that you visit everyday?

I hate to admit but it’s facebook. If I my blog had as many active followers as Shanna I would be checking my own blog first.

4. Best thing that happened to you? (related to learning Korean)

Thanks to Korean learning, I met some amazing people from various nationalities.

5. Ever regretted learning Korean?

Not yet and never would.

6. Most common feedback/question you get when you say you are learning Korean?

Why are you learning Korean? [me being an Indian, lots of Koreans end up asking this first before anything else!]

7. First Korean food that comes to your mind?

비빔밥 [bibimbap] – I am not a fan of Korean food but it just comes to my mind if I have to think of Korean food.

8. Most over-rated Korean drama?

I agree with Shanna that ‘Full House’ is quite over-rated. I feel ‘Secret Garden’ comes a close second. Sure, it’s a good drama but not a great one in my opinion, please don’t bash me up.

9. Most under-rated Korean drama?

I would just say many of the dramas which came prior to 2009, especially in mid 2000s I guess. I started watching dramas in 08 and the initial dramas I watched mostly were which came in 03-07 time and they are pretty good unlike present dramas which I find too fancy compared with the older ones which had more content.

10. Latest milestone in learning Korean?

Passed Pegasus ‘GoGo’ course. (beginner’s)

11. Favorite Korean word/phrase?

바보 [babo] = fool.

12. Name 3 people (fictional/real) who motivate/influence your Korean learning journey.

Shanna (hangukdrama.com), if she could do it, we all could do it! Karla, fellow Korean learner, she spends so much of time than me on Korean and has been doing great so far I guess!

Hungrywolf (our first Korean teacher, I promised him I will not give up Korean and will one day be speak in Korean with him)

Allan (our recent Korean teacher from pegasus, although he is from UK, his Korean is excellent and sure is an inspiration to me)

13. Secret ambition/goal (relating to Korean)

How can it be a secret if we answer it? Anyways, my goal relating to Korean is to be conversational in Korean within next 2 more years.

14. I want to sound like _____ when I speak Korean

I want to sound like someone who can converse in Korean with Koreans.

15. Best compliment received (for Korean)

“우와~” by Korean friends I met in Toronto.

16. When is the last time you sat down and study Korean?

If sitting on an exam counts then, last sunday, because I took an intermediate Korean exam that day. [I failed!!]

17. Favorite textbook?

“Korean Grammar In Use”…why? because this is the book which is giving me some hope that I still can get better in my Korean.

18. Special people you met (online or otherwise) through Korean?

Hungrywolf (that’s his online name from [tt4you.com], he was my first Korean teacher online), karla and many more, can’t list them all here.

19. How has learning Korean changed you/your life?

It changed my life and me myself in many ways, I better write a different post just on this single question sometime in future. In short, I met many amazing people, it changed my views about cultures, languages, people and many more things for better.

20. Ever dreamt in Korean?

Not yet!

21. Single best thing about learning Korean?

I can read/write/speak Korean, one of the scientific languages in the world, isn’t that the best thing in itself?


I think I could have written this post better if I had written it in one go rather than drafting it numerous times for 3 days and finishing it, finally today. I blame it on my laziness and schedules/unscheduled power cuts here in my country (India).

If you have done a “21 question tag” post, feel free to comment in the comments. I would love to check them out.

Some versions here:

Shanna’s original version: http://www.hangukdrama.com/21-question-tag-the-korean-learner-version/

Karla’s version: http://noshortcutstokorean.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/21-question-tag-the-korean-learner-version/

Archana’s version: http://panjjakpanjjak.wordpress.com/2013/05/19/21-questions/


[Apply Now] 2nd Book Review Lucky Draw Begins!

Let’s check my luck! Thanks ‘twochois’ for conducting this lucky draw! 🙂



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Book Info.

Arirang 2

Arirang Korean Basics 2
Author : Seoul National University Language Institute Book page : 224 pages Supplement : Audio CD
ISBN-10: 8959957631  ISBN-13: 9788959957637

About This Book
• Contents originally aired on ” Let’s Speak Korean ” for Arirang TV.

• Korean grammar explained in an easy, friendly manner.

• 65 units (Unit 66 through Unit 130) on topics ranging from ” Have you caught a cold?, ” ” Do you have any engagements weekend? ” and ” It will be a while until I’m done. ” to ” It will be a while until I’m done., ” ” Will the weather be nice tomorrow, too?, ” and ” Thank you for teaching me all this time.”

• Each chapter focuses on simple, actual conversational…

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