My First 500 Korean Words

Learn your first 500 Korean words and thousands of related words and expressions that you can start using right away in your everyday conversations in Korean!

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  1. Marie Neer,

    I love this book. I am studying every day, and I’m starting Day18 in a few minutes. I like the variety of words in each lesson, and even more, I love the related words that accompany them. Vocabulary has been a little difficult for me, and that has bothered me, because vocabulary has always been easy for me. But learning words that are related and used in context with each other has vastly improved my retention. So I’m really enjoying the lessons instead of getting frustrated because I couldn’t remember a list of words that had no context. The recordings help immensely, too. I read the lesson first, then listen to the recording at least twice. I review the words the next day and do the exercises. Then I review the previous lesson and am so pleased with how much I’ve retained. I don’t forget the earlier lessons either. I pick one or two at random and review them quickly, either in the book or with the recordings. This is really a great vocabulary book. Thank you!

    • TalkToMeInKorean,

      Thank you for your comment! 🙂 We are proud of you that you’ve been trying so hard to catch up many vocabularies. If you have any questions, please let us know.

  2. Daniel Gönczy,

    Thank you so much for this book! I can mainly echo the words of the earlier commenters.
    However, the feature, that I really love regarding this book is, that it is not just 50-100 pages, but that its really thick, providing a huge amount of precious content.

    This book is also nice, because even if you have a limited time (like me :)), the 4 example sentences can be used related to each word. Sometimes, for me time allows only that part to cover each day, but at least it keeps my momentum of learning. And with covering 500 words, it lasts really long.
    All in all, this book is a must-to-have for Korean learners, that is certain. My score is 10/10 🙂

    Dear TTMIK Team
    Do you plan to publish Volume 2 of this book? I think it would be a tremendous help, and would make the study more enjoyable.
    In case you plan such a book for future, I would actually appreciate 3 things in it.
    1. More sample sentences next to each word (e.g. not 4, but at least 7, and that the sentences are getting harder from the first to the last).
    2. Making stories with 20 words to learn, instead of just 10.
    3. Making new “surprise” features, that you think might be useful for Korean learners.

    Thank you TTMIK! Great to study with you and your material.
    Look forward for many more wonderful video content and Volume 2 of this book.

    • Hwayeon Kim,

      I shared your suggestions to our publishing team, so they will absolutely consider it in the future:) Thanks again.

    • Daniel Gönczy,

      Hello dear Hwayeon 🙂

      Thank you for sharing the information and your fast reply!

      I would really love to see Volume 2. Please give consideration to it, with the features I mentioned earlier, as well as possible new features you might think would be good and fun. 🙂
      I am absolutely sure it would be a great tool to enhance Korean vocabulary.

      Thank you so much for the consideration and it is my honest desire to welcome Volume 2 of this book in the future! It is great to learn with you, TTMIK. Keep up the good job further 🙂

    • Hwayeon Kim,

      Hi, I’m Hwayeon from TalkToMeInKorean. Thank you for sharing your suggestions:) Unfortunately, we do not have any plan to make version 2 of the book. However, if we keep receiving the requests, we might publish in the future! Have a great weekend!

    • Eugenia Lucchelli,

      if you ever make a part 2 I would buy it on the spot, by far the best TTMIK book (all your books I’ve bought are good, but this one is the best)

  3. Kathrina Sarah Lim,

    I really love the learning system used in this book. It’s really easy to remember the words and the exercise aids in challenging yourself more. It doesn’t just throw the vocab to you, it lets you digest it! Thanks for making this book!

    • Hwayeon Kim,

      Hi, I’m Hwayeon from TalkToMeInKorean. Thank you for sharing your comment! We are so happy to hear that you’ve been enjoying this book:)

  4. Asteropi Papadopoulou,

    Undoubtedly the best vocab book I’ve ever bought and my best buy in TTMIK in general!! The little stories and the exercises afterwards make it incredibly easy to remember the words given, which I wasn’t able to remember before. Plus, there are grammar points explained in short at the intro so if there’s anything you don’t understand in the Korean translation, you can quickly look it up! It’s a pity it’s only 500 words. I would buy the next level without a second’s thought if it ever came out!

  5. AnnaMaria Kasimati,

    The book arrived fast and it’s already helping me improve my Korean, 감사합니다!

  6. Barbara Bayer,

    This, along with Real-life Conversations, has been the backbone of my venture into Korean, the venture from which I have slowly, but surely, and with enjoyment, added to my Korean comprehension. The voices are all easy on the ears and the sound lively and real, unlke manyh of the other robotic audio files out there. TTMIK is responsible for my continuing with my Korean language learning, something that actually started on a whim and my first trip to Korea in April. Now, I look forward to be able to say more than “Anyeong!” on my next trip to Korea. This book has taught me SO much…and I’m only a fraction of the way through it. Thank you!

  7. Athena Chan,

    This book is an excellent companion for anyone learning to speak Korean at any level. It is really more than just a vocabulary boost because the daily lessons go beyond the ten words for the day. And as you go along, you’ll see how the words and phrases are strategically designed for progressive learning, not just in terms of vocabulary but for sentence building as well. Honestly, this book made me more excited to learn the language more. A massive plus is that it is so incredibly cute.

  8. Vasco Barrote,

    the order was 3 to 5 days, arrived in 2 days. the book is very good, I’m only on day 2 but I already love the book

  9. Lora Stojic,

    I love this book! It’s an amazing book for people, who are just getting started with learning Korean. Thank you very much, TTMIK Team! <3 I highly recommend this book :))

  10. siti fatimah,

    my book safely arrived after 2 weeks plus. i am so excited to learn it. this is my first purchase by the way. the content, the visual is really friendly user and easy to understand. hope i be able to speak korean after this. 🙂 thank you again TTMIK !

    • Yeji KIm,

      Hi! This is Yeji Kim from Talk To Me In Korean. Thank you so much for your review! You’ll definitely be able to take your Korean into the next level with this books. 🙂

  11. Nicholas Chin,

    Fast shipping within two weeks. Came safely in great condition. Thank You!

    • Yeji KIm,

      Hi! This is Yeji Kim from Talk To Me In Korean. We appreciate your review! I hope you find the book helpful. 🙂

  12. Beatriz,

    Arrived! Thank you very much, can’t wait to start learning!

    • Yeji KIm,

      Hi! This is Yeji Kim from Talk To Me In Korean. Thank you for your review!! I hope you like the book!

  13. Sidra Essel,

    I really really really recommend everyone to get this book! I think that all levels can benefit from this a lot.
    I love the content and I love the cover.
    Thank you TTMIK for making all of this products for us (who wants to learn korean)!
    Please never stop with what you guys are doing!
    Cause it has helped me a lot at least.

    • Hyunwoo Sun,

      Thank you Sidra for your review and we are very happy to hear that you like this book!