After waiting for more than three months, my Level 3 TTMIK book has finally arrived. I wanted a signed copy of the book so I ordered the Level 3 book, together with a copy of Level 1 and Level 2 books for my friend, on December 14th, a day before the preorder for Level 3 book ended. I expected that my friend’s books will be shipped first since the Level 3 book hadn’t been published yet. And since it was Christmas and things get a little crazy over at the post office, I expected that the books will arrive at a later time. I went out of town on the first week of January and when I got home, I was surprised to see that a package was waiting for me. It was the Level 1 and Level 2 books which I ordered for my friend. Her books got here in approximately two weeks so I had expected that my book will arrive by the end of January or early February. January passed and February came, still no book. I kinda got worried that my book got lost in transit so I sent a message on TTMIK’s Facebook fanpage. Kyunghwa unnie told me that they shipped the book on January 10th and she also told me to wait and so I did. I drop by the post office every week to pick up packages and whenever I was there, I always asked them if there’s a package in a yellow envelope with my name on it. But there was none. They told me they’ll send me a notice slip when it arrives. So I decided to give it a few more weeks. March came and still no sign of the book. I was having a battle with myself whether or not I should send another message to TTMIK regarding my book since it’s been 3 months already. But I didn’t. I was like “Ugh. Whatever. Forget about it.” LOL!
And I actually forgot about it until a few days ago. On March 15th, I got a notice slip from the post office. The notice slip was issued on February 18th and a note on the back said I should pick it up within 30 days or they will send it back or get rid of it. I figured it was the TTMIK book since I wasn’t waiting for any other packages. I went to the post office to pick it up. Looking at the stamps on the envelope, I found out that my book arrived on the 16th of January. WTF. I got sort of annoyed that they told me the book wasn’t there yet whenever I asked them about it when in fact, it was already there.
Anyway, enough with the rant.
As soon as I got in the car, I ripped the envelope open and browsed the book during the trip to my mom’s hometown. I’m glad they used a smaller font size and lighter color for the romanization, making it look less noticeable. I’m really not a big fan of romanizations and I’m hoping I won’t see any more of it on Level 4. One should learn hangeul and pronunciation rules and stop relying on romanization. Yes, I know it’s hard but with practice, you’ll get used to it soon enough. I really liked the book except for the romanization and perhaps… the exercises. It’s kinda dull and *yawns* boring. But I usually skip the exercises and just move on to the next lesson. Haha!
Anyway, I don’t have much to say about this book right now since I only scanned through the pages. I’ll write a proper review soon. I’ll have to use it first so I can see where it lacks. The book costs 13,000won (approx. $14) plus shipping fee. It comes with an audio CD. You can also download the audio tracks from their site in case you encounter problems ripping the audios to your computer.