Do you love reading books? With today’s social media craze and it’s-all-on-youtube mindset, I think some of you don’t. Well, let me tell you one thing, if you want to improve your Korean language skills you need to get back to the basics! Read.
Reading a book not only allows you to focus (since it has no “other tab”) but also allows you to improve your grammar- since you’ll be familiarized with the sentence constructions. If you read books aloud, you can even practice your speech. What more if those books were in Korean? It’s the answer to all your Hangeul dilemmas.
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Here are some of the must borrow books from the KCC Library to help you up your K-vocab!
1. Language Books.
Obviously, Korean text books are the first ones to help your Korean language skills! If you’re studying in KCC, you’re probably familiar with GANADA. If you heard about Ewha’s intensive language program, guess what, KCC has Ewha books up to Vol. 8! (I went crazy over this!) They also have TOPIK (Test of Proficiency in Korean) reviewers. Most of these books are only available at the KCC Library and seldom (to none) at our local Philippine bookstores.
So far, all the books that I saw were “foreigner friendly”; offering colored prints, translations and easy conversational dialogues. Of course say farewell to those cartoon-characters and english letters as the book’s volume number go higher!
You can also test what you’ve learned through the available workbooks there but, be sure to write it on a scratch paper- the book ain’t yours!
2. Children’s Books.
When you got your Hangeul ready, the best way to practice your reading skills is through children’s books. Yes, it maybe “Three Little Pigs” but it’s better than reading a random Korean pamphlet about Jjajangmyeon! Start small and be steady. Children’s books are the first step to Korean language greatness. Remember this: today’s best linguists started from children’s books, therefore, reading them is not a shame.
3. Any book.
If you didn’t know, the KCC Library has around 6,000 selection of books and media titles, 50% of which are in English. Anybody can really learn about the K-culture it they wanted to! Still the other 50% are in Korean. Isn’t that great? More books to practice reading! Eventually after all the basics, it’s time to move on from easy. To improve you have to be challenged. You can start from recipe books if you love to cook; entertainment books for K-pop enthusiasts and many more.
To borrow you must first be a member of the KCC Library. Bring the needed requirements such as the filled-up membership form (available at the KCC Library), any size of your photo (not a poster, please) and a photocopy of any valid ID. Applying for a regular membership would have a fee of P200 (P100 for students), valid for a year, allowing you to borrow 2 books for 7 days, have access to CD & DVD collections and use the library computer for 2 hours.
If you’re enrolled in a any KCC Class, there’s no need to pay for the membership fee for the duration of your term. You get to borrow 1 book for 7 days, have access to CD & DVD collections and use the library computer for 2 hours.
Borrowers and students must deposit a refundable P300 per book, upon check-out. Overdue penalty is P20 a book, per day.
For more inquiries visit the KCC Library at the Mancor Corporate Building, 2/F 32nd St, Taguig or call us at 555-1711.
Written by Krew Member Max Chua