Sunday 18 September 2011

Dictionary: To Buy or Not To Buy

I'm craving for an excellent (paper) dictionary to help me with vocabulary. I own a mini dictionary from Collins but now I want something more. ㅎㅎ  If I have a reliable internet connection, Naver and Daum  online dictionary will do more than enough for me.

Since moving to Bandung, I can feel my frustation build up. I've been meaning to start learning the vocabulary for Pegasus Society's GoGo class this coming December. I plan to rewrite the sample sentences from Naver/Daum in my notebook but sometimes loading a page takes such a long time that I begin to worry whether I could attend the GoGo class peacefully. I have used the service for about a year and a half and it works rather wonderfully in Bali but I think I should start looking at other internet service provider.

When I was browsing available paper Korean dictionaries out there, I realized the disadvantage of shopping online, especially trying to buy a dictionary online. The pages preview is so scarce and fewer people review dictionaries. I have to hear it from others and at least see some pages to know if it's suitable for me or not. Like when I was about to buy the Integrated Korean series, I read the reviews in forums/blogs plus the comments too and took a peek at the book in Google Books. Dictionary is too expensive to get one randomly. ㅠㅠ



  1. I feel you, 언니. Dictionaries are so expensive. I also have the Collin's dictionary but I rarely use it because I prefer online dictionaries because they have sample sentence. I also want a paper dictionary because there are times when I don't have access to the internet. I also thought of buying online but yeah, there aren't enough reviews of dictionaries out there.

  2. I got a chance to see the Oxford one in Kinokuniya and felt really great that I didn't rush to buy that dictionary online!