If you’re studying Korean and love all things cute and stationary. Then you will love today’s post! Today, I’m sharing my must-have Korean study supplies! While realistically speaking you don’t really only need a computer, a notebook, and a pen to get started. It’s always nice to have different supplies for when you need them.
1. A Korean study Language Textbook
While you don’t need a physical textbook-like me, you do need a textbook to help guide your learning. The textbook I’m using now is called WILD Korean. ( pictured above). I’m currently taking a Korean language course and this is the textbook for the course.
The grammar in the textbook can be difficult to understand without having a physical teacher. The textbook is more about getting you to a conversational level, than about really breaking down grammar points.
When I was self-studying I used Korean Grammar in In Use: Beginner. Personally, I found that textbook to be a bit too technical and grammar heavy. With this one, you don’t necessarily get the conversational aspect but all the grammar points.
I also used Korean Made Easy for Beginners. I honestly have no issues with this textbook. I liked it a lot when using it.
The last one is Talk To Me In Korean, level 1.(All the lessons are online and free for your use, I linked it above.) This book is also very conversation-based and is amazing at explaining various grammar points. My only issue would be the lack of vocabulary.
However, the publisher of this book has a WIDE array of Korean study books. Some books are dedicated to just vocabulary so that you can it to supplement their main textbook.
If you are interested in some free online textbooks, I have a post, Top Free Korean Language textbooks that has some great suggestions. In fact, one of the textbooks listed is a free PDF version of Korean Grammar in Use.
2. A Grammar Notebook and a Vocab Notebook dedicated to your Korean study
So my grammar notebook is a spiral notebook. I’ve tried so many different types of notebooks.
From spiral to bound, from big to small, from lined to dotted notebooks. However, I just found that the generic lined spiral bound is best for me.
If you are in the market for some new spiral-bound notebooks then check out At a Glance, they carry notebooks from your favorite brands such as Mead and Five Star. Their notebooks are super durable and have quality thick paper too! I suggest you check them out for a high-quality language notebook!
I got the notebook pictured above from Daiso, and it’s pretty basic. I use this to just write down new grammar points. I also like to make it pretty.
The next notebook is my vocab notebook or my ugly notebook. It’s where I practice the grammar points I’ve learned.
I re-write vocab in it. I don’t really care how the inside looks too much. This is the first page, which is nice, but after that, the notebook starts looking cray cray.
2. Black Gel Ink Pens
So I have a confession to make. I LOVE pens and honestly just stationary in general. I love trying out new pens or new brush pens. Here, I am just showing the pens I am most likely to reach for while studying.
My favorite out of all of them is the Zebra Sarasa clip pen in .03. The next is the Muji .38 in black. (The one pictured is .05, cause I couldn’t find my .38). The next pen is the Uniball Signo DX pen in .38. These are my favorite black ink pens.
3. Colored Pens
I honestly don’t use colored pens as much as I would like to say I do while studying Korean. They can be a nice supplement to my notes and but I don’t use them too often.
My faves for when I do decide to use colored pens are the Muji .38 colored pens and the Naong .38 pens. I searched online and couldn’t find the Naong pens, sorry 🙁
4. A White Pen
So, you may have already heard of this note-taking hack, but instead of always using white-out for my mistakes.
I will sometimes just use a white gel ink pen to fix minor mistakes. The pen I use for this is the Uni-ball Signo gel pen in white, 07.
Sometimes my Uni-ball Signo white gel pen isn’t able to do the trick. So instead I opt for traditional white out.
My favorite is the PLUS Whiper MR – Whiper Mini Roller Correction Tape. It just glides easily. The part that puts the tape moves from side to side so the tape goes exactly where I want it. (I know, I’m extra ^^).
6. Tombow Hard Tip Brush Pen
I love Tombow brush pens. I like to use them mainly for my bullet journal. When I tried to use the giant brush pens in my notebook, it just ended up doing more harm than good.
So I discovered the Tombow Hard Tip Brush Pen. It allows me to write smaller and I have more control over the pen when I do calligraphy.
7. A Mechanical Pencil
I hardly ever use a pencil when studying Korean, but if I did, I would use the Muji .03mm pencil pictured above. It’s a little pricey for a mechanical pencil, but this thing is amazing.
I love how the stencil glides and how to thin the lines are. I also like the metal grip it has. If you are looking for a new mechanical pencil, I recommend giving this one a try.
So I use highlighters pretty much every time I sit down to study. Hence, why there are so many in the photo. Pictured above are the main highlighters I use. I enjoy the Zebra Highlighters. They sometimes bleed through the page. And if I’m being really honest they can smudge the ink, if I use the highlighter too quickly after writing my notes.
The next highlighters I use often are the Stabilo Boss Highlighters. I love these, I don’t think they have as many colors as the Zebra Highlighters. But they don’t bleed through and my ink never smears when using these.
I love dry highlighters. I purchased them at Daiso, so there is no link to get them, but I will link other dry highlighters, if you are interested.
These are perfect for textbooks/notebooks/bibles, any book that has weak paper. When you use these highlighters there is no bleed-through and my highlight stays in place. I would say the drawbacks is that it can have fall out, since it is a chalk-based highlighter.
9. Post Its
When I first started studying Korean, I really had no idea what to do with my post-its. I found that using them to highlight a certain bit of information works well for me. It also helps add a little something extra to my notes. They are great for adding color and making notes pop!
I think this is pretty self-explanatory as to why flashcards are needed. Personally, I like to break up my flashcards into three separate decks. One for verbs, another for nouns, and the last one is for everyday phrases. Pictured above is my verbs list. I have a post How to Use Flashcards To Improve Your Korean Speaking, which explains it all.
So that’s about it for this list of must-have supplies. If you are in the market for some new stationery, then check out some of these things. I am currently not affiliated with Amazon or any other company so I will not be receiving a commission when you purchase. I’m just sharing because I wanted to. Good luck with your Korean study!
Also for some great speaking practice, you should sign up for Italki! Italki is a great site that gives you one-on-one language lessons/ speaking practice for as little as $5 per session. I personally use it for Korean speaking practice. And I love how I get undivided attention and the person is paid to help me become a better language speaker. And all for $5 or more!
If you are interested in learning some tricks and tricks on how to study Korean, then check out 7 tips for improving your Korean Study Sessions!
And if you would like more information about my Korean study journey, then check out my post, How I Became Intermediate in Korean.
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