Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new contender for best Korean textbook, possibly knocking Korean Grammar in Use off its pedestal. While browsing my university library collection of Korean resources I hit the jackpot – Modern Korean: An Intermediate Reader by Nam-Kil Kim.


Modern Korean is the ideal textbook for intermediate learners, divided into 2 sections with 12 chapters each. If have completed Level 1 and 2 TOPIK, this book should be great for your level.

Chapters begin with a reading passage, followed by notes on the dialogue,  featured vocabulary, grammatical patterns and a glossary. The exercises are extensive – substitution and grammar drills, comprehension questions, translations and more. I particularly love the inclusion of translation exercises – they are not included often in Korean textbooks despite being a useful exercise.

Modern Korean 2


Another great feature of this book is the inclusion of 한자 in the second half. Like translation exercises, I…

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