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Hanja – Bruce K Grant

Posted in Korean language by 노강호 on January 10, 2011

Bruce Grant

For those interested in learning or expanding their knowledge of hanja, the several thousand Chinese characters incorporated into written Korean, one of my favourite books is available outside Korea, via Amazon. A Guide to Korean Characters, by Bruce. K. Grant is an excellent book which I have previously reviewed. The first copy I bought in 2000 at a cost of 15000 Won and ten years later a second copy cost me 15500 Won (£7.50p). Kyobo books in both Seoul and Daegu often have copies readily available.

An excellent and easy to use resource 

The book has excellent reviews and has probably been the most extensive source on Hanja characters since it was first published in 1979.

You don’t have to be an advanced student of Korean to use this book, even if you are a beginner who have just learned Hangul script you should get this inexpensive treasure.
This is pretty much the only book of its kind that is somewhat readily available, so if you see it – buy it.
There is unlikely to be any new books like this one.
For some reason people only seem to bother learning basic Korean, and the publishers know this so they wont bother publishing any new books like this.
But judging by all the positive reviews and remarks for this little book there is a need for material like this.
So, support the learning of Korean outside of South & North Korea and learn more than just the basics – develop and challenge yourself by learning traditional characters and expand your cultural knowledge (one of the 12 reviews currently hosted on Amazon USA).

The book is hardback and durable and even after 10 years of fingering in a sometimes humid climate, my original copy is still in good condition.  Grant has also published books on Korean Proverbs: Dragons Head, Snake Tail and Frog in a Well, (1982),  and White Field Korean (1982).

Also by Bruce Grant

Be careful where you buy Korean Characters as prices vary; in the USA the cost is approx $29 in the UK it is a staggering £35.

Link to Amazon USA

Link to Amazon UK

Previous review on Bathhouse Ballads

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  1. prestigeekorea said, on January 19, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    I happened upon a copy of “Pictorial Sino-Korean Characters: Fun With Hancha” at a used book store in Seoul and stole it for just 7000won. Good book, though Amazon wants $32 plus shipping for it.

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