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Next time someone asks if you speak Korean, you can say Chugum hal chul amnida (Choe-guum hahl chuul ahm-nee-dah).*
With Korean in Plain English, you can speak Korean in no time! Its easy-to-use pronunciation system and straightforward presentation of the basics of the language--with plenty of useful sentences--help you break the language barrier quickly and confidently. How? All the words and phrases in this book are written in Roman script--in plain English--in a form you can use immediately and in the right context. Instantly you'll know the basics of Korean, from polite pleasantries to the latest technological jargon.
Start on the right foot and speak Korean with ease:
Good morning! Annyong hashim nikka! (Ahn-nyong hah-sheem nee-kkah)
Thank you! Kamsahamnida! (Kahm-sah-hahm-nee-dah)
That was really a funny movie. Chongmallo usuun yonghwa imnida. (Chahng-mahl-loh uu-sue-uun yahng-hwah eem-nee-dah).
Please call the police. Kyongchal-ul pullo chuseyo. (Kyong-chahl-uul puul-lah chuu-say-yoe).
May I have some sauce, please? Sosu jom chushipshio (Soh-sue johm chuu-sheep-shee-oh).
You are beautiful. Tangshin-un arumdapgunyo (Tahng-sheen-uun ah-rume-dahp-guun-yoe).
More than 1,200 high-frequency words have been romanized in plain English illustrated in a wealth of sample sentences. Includes a grammar section and many insights into Korean culture.
At work or play, get your message across quickly and confidently!
For the business and leisure traveler, the simple-yet-effective Korean In Plain English will help you find a hotel or the nearest restaurant as you pass through South Korea. Now updated to include the latest additions to the language, it offers you 1,200 essential words and phrases that will get you around the country confidently and without faux pas. The pronunciation system is simple, and, more important, each Korean phrase is presented in the Roman alphabet, rather than its non-Roman script.
About the Author
Boyé Lafayette De Mente, a former cryptographer for the U.S. Navy, has written prolifically on Asian languages and culture.
Table of Contents
Part One: The Korean Language
Part Two: Glossary of Useful Vocabulary