inquisitive wrote:can anyone recommend some good books to start learning korean? like the alphabet and then reading, writing, speaking, and then listening or in any order...thanks.
Well I don't think you need an entire book to learn Hangul.
When I first started Korean I was using Living Language's Spoken World: Koreanhttp://www.amazon.com/Spoken-World-Comp ... rld+korean
....and I still have the book today. Its audio is fine, and I love the practice you have at the end of each lesson; and also how after lesson 5 you need to totally memorize the script as romanization stops. However, it throws words and phrases out in lessons without describing them until later on. Perhaps this won't be an issue for you but to me it was because I want to know exactly why ____ is used/said.
Overall, a really good book and comes with 6 CDs (though I've lost 2..
Other than that:
Speaking Korean by Francis Y.T. Park....http://www.amazon.com/Speaking-Korean-B ... +y.t.+park
Very good book. It's the first in a series of 3 books. It explains everything covered in each lesson followed by an entirely in Korean reading practice, and then some examples of translating from Korean/English and vice-versa. If anything I haven't come by a book with so much detail and depth as this one.
I've had the book for 2 years and only went to page 150 out of 482 so far.
I tend to just skim around but it is definitely an amazing book, and should be for its price. It's obviously geared more towards classroom-learning as despite its huge size as it only has one CD. I will say though I'd learn Hangul before diving into it. There is no romanization used in it at all.
For flash cards Tuttle's Korean Learning flash cards is a nice choice. I have it and the image/word is printed on one end followed by its meaning in English with sample sentences on the other. It also comes with a large poster with all of the flash cards printed out on it.http://www.amazon.com/Tuttle-Korean-Kid ... lash+cards
Other than that I mostly just use the web and friends for my Korean learning. I don't like using books really if I don't have to. But other resources you can use that I don't have:
TY Korean (heard it wasn't stellar but pretty cheap, 2 CDs and a nice-sized book)...
Pimsleur Korean (for audio)
Integrated Korean (as already said)