It is common to all languages, words are the most essential and underlying part of languages. The more words you know, the more expressions you can memorize and express. In TOPIK exam, memorizing words leads to scores rather than taking proper measures against tests like TOEIC or TOEFL. That’s because TOPIK is not so difficult, but it’s more important to deal with the problem faster than to consider. To do so, memorizing words is the key to TOPIK strategy.
Let me introduce you to the recommended vocabulary books that I used before taking TOPIK exam.
- Recommended vocabulary books for TOPIK
- Extra part : Recommended reference books for TOPIK 쓰기(Writing) and 문법(Grammar)
- In the end
Recommended vocabulary books for TOPIK
Korean Word Speed master Kanji Language 3300
If you don’t know which vocabulary to buy in order to capture TOPIK, make sure to buy Korean Word Speed master Kanji Language 3300 first. That’s because 60% of Korean consists of Chinese characters, and if you want to get TOPIK level 6, it’s absolutely necessary to learn Chinese letter. If you can learn words in Korean Word Speed master Kanji Language 3300 completely and actually read, listen, and write the Chinese words you learned, you can think that 70% of the preparations for TOPIK grades 5 to 6 are complete.
The content is simplified, and the design allows you to memorize alternating kanji and Japanese efficiently. There are also practice questions, so it is characterized by being able to output and input. It comes with a CD, but you can only hear familiar Korean, so you need to practice separately.
TOPIK Level 5, Level 6 Advanced Vocabulary 800
TOPIK Level 5, Level 6 Advanced Vocabulary 800 is a vocabulary book for memorizing pure Korean that was not included in Korean Word Speed master Kanji Language 3300. Pure Korean is like “가다” or “오다” .I mentioned earlier that if you memorize Chinese characters, you can think that 70% of the preparations for TOPIK grades 5 to 6 have been completed, but this vocabulary book is necessary to meet the remaining 10% of the preparations. So, if you memorize the words in this vocabulary book, you will be able to create the basis for the words that you can get enough 6 grade.
The content is simple, with words on the left side of the page and small essays on the right side of the page, so you can memorize words efficiently with sentences.
TOPIKIII Required Words 6200
TOPIKIII Required Words 6200 will be a Korean vocabulary book to completely supplement words not found in TOPIK Level 5, Level 6 Advanced Vocabulary 800 and Korean Word Speed master Kanji Language 3300. It’s a lot, but if you memorize more than 90% of the vocabulary books mentioned above, you will not spend much time. If you memorize the words in this vocabulary book, you will be able to understand most of the words that appear in TOPIK, and that means you will be able to take 250 points.
The content is simple and easy to read, but you need to be patient because of the large amount of words.
10,000 Korean words of everyday life
10,000 Korean words of everyday life is not for TOPIK. I don’t memorize all the words in this book yet, but I think it’s more like a dictionary than a vocabulary book. It takes a long time to memorize all the words in this book, and there are not many words related to TOPIK, so I personally look at them when I have time. Like the title of this book, there are many words related to living, especially nouns. It’s not suitable for TOPIK, but it’s recommended for those who want to memorize a lot of Korean words, but before you buy this book, you should memorize 90% of the three vocabulary books before you buy it.
Extra part : Recommended reference books for TOPIK 쓰기(Writing) and 문법(Grammar)
Here are some reference books on essays and grammar that cannot be covered by wordbooks alone.
TOPIK II Essay Complete Measures for Korean Language Proficiency Test
Essays are especially difficult to get score. It depends on the difficulty of the test, but the average score of the overall 쓰기 was around 30 out of 100, which seems to show the difficulty of 쓰기.
My first TOPIK test score was 21 points. I thought it was pretty good, but I was shocked. So I bought TOPIK II Essay Complete Measures for Korean Language Proficiency Test to find out what elements I need to write an essay on.
This book explains how TOPIK 쓰기 is graded, and it contains the know-how, templates, and expressions necessary to actually write an essay, so it was very effective in dealing with TOPIK 쓰기. I finished reading this book, practiced writing essays, and got 66 points in the next TOPIK exam. If you want to capture 쓰기 firmly, I recommend this book.
Complete master Korean grammar for beginners to advanced with CD
Complete master Korean grammar for beginners to advanced with CD, which you can learn from beginner to advanced level, is as the title suggests. This book covers grammar from beginner to advanced level. I recommend this book to those who want to learn Korean grammar, but you don’t need to memorize all of the grammar in this book because, as with TOPIK level 6, you only need to memorize the grammar from beginner to intermediate level to get a high score. In TOPIK, the logic and consistency of essays are evaluated first, and words and grammar come second. If you use simple grammar, you will be able to get a better score. Rather than memorizing grammar, it’s enough to think that there are grammar like this.
In the end
I gave you the information. The rest depends on your efforts. This is my personal wish, please find out why you want to study Korean and how you want to use it in the future.
With Korean drama,K-POP and conversation, you can take measures in a short period of time, but TOPIK takes time more than one year. It depends on your Korean ability, but it takes a lot of effort and patience to prepare for TOPIK while working or doing other things.
So, depending on the goal, I would like you to examine how much Korean is necessary for you. Have a fun Korean life (￣∇￣)
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