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Elementary Korean Hardcover – Dec 1999

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Book & CD edition (Dec. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804820791
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804820790
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 18.4 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,168,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

This is a comprehensive and detailed introductory Korean textbook and language learning package.

Korean is now the 15th most popular language taught at American universities. This new edition of Elementary Korean, the most comprehensive and detailed introductory Korean textbook available, offers beginning learners of Korean everything they need to learn the language effectively. Perfect for a first-year university-level course use or for the independent language learner. No prior knowledge of the language is necessary.

The new format, now with dozens of illustrations, presents Korean vocabulary and Korean grammar in an accessible and understandable manner while extensive conversations and exercises help to reinforce the Korean language and build reading and listening comprehension.

This edition includes:

  • An MP3 audio CD and dedicated website.
  • Rich and highly nuanced examples with brand new illustrations.
  • Detailed but on–technical grammar notes, ample writing exercises with an accompanying answer key.
  • Detailed examples of authentic dialogue.
  • Highly technical grammar notes.
  • Plenty of writing practice.
Dialogues, reading texts, and written exercises are in Hangul, the Korean alphabet, so students are quickly able to read and write authentic Korean. Layered lessons are designed to build on each other, making Korean easy to learn from the most popular introductory Korean language textbook available. included is a revised audio CD that helps learners to speak like a native, and a web-based practice component through the university of british Columbia that can help students to learn Korean even beyond the pages of this book. According to the Modern Language Association, enrollment in Korean in American universities is growing rapidly.

Available separately is the companion Elementary Korean Workbook. This helpful workbook will assist you in practicing and polishing your Korean language skills. Each lesson supplements the corresponding lesson in the textbook. There are ten activities per lesson, offering a range of exercises and practice opportunities to enable you to achieve proficiency in everyday, conversational Korean. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Synopsis

A complete first-year course in learning Korean, with updated dialogues and grammar notes, and a transcription of the Han'gul character system. Based on ACTFL Proficiency guidelines, this text is geared toward an Intermediate-Low to Intermediate-Medium proficiency level.


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Having only ever studied Korean by myself at home with no structure or teaching guidance for too long, I finally decided to invest in this book. For me, it is serving as a revision tool for grammar I already know, but also an introduction to new grammar and helpful vocabulary. What I love most is the plentiful exercises at the end of each chapter that continue to introduce the new grammar and vocab you learned in that chapter and to integrate the grammar and vocab from previous chapters so that you won't forget those. You can check your answers in the back of the book and simply revisit any grammar points you don't understand yet (the layout is very clear).
Someone here mentioned useless vocabulary and vocabulary specifically for a classroom setting... I know for a fact this book is used for the first half of the first year of BA Korean at SOAS and was co-written by one of the lecturers there. This 'classroom' vocab is no doubt to introduce it to the students so that the teacher can use it. But for those of us outside of a classroom, there is no problem because these phrases are left behind in the book just as quickly as they were introduced; they do not continue to be used throughout. Having said that, some are useful in a more general sense anyway. The rest of the vocab is extremely useful; you might not use every word everyday but certainly while I was studying from this book during a trip to Korea this summer, I found myself being able to utilise a lot of the vocabulary there, which proves that it is not useless lists of vocab. The amount of new words introduced in each chapter may seem daunting sometimes but if you're studying by yourself then you have the freedom of setting your own pace.
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This is an excellent book for those who are wishing to study the Korean language.
It is clearly set out, never letting you feel as if you have been pushed in at the deep end as so many language books do.
Compared with several other guides to Korean which concentrate purely on the spoken word and rely heavily on phonetic transcription, Elementary Korean introduces the the Korean writing system (Hangul) from the start. [Be warned however - there are in excess of 1500 characters of Chinese origin (Hanji) that are regularly used in written Korean that this book does not cover so you will need to invest in other material if you intend to pursue the study of Korean beyond the elementary level.]
There is a useful CD that accompanies the book included in the back cover which is of the same high standard as the rest of the book.
If you are considering the study of Korean for any purpose be it educational/business/pleasure then I would hghly reccomend the purchase of this useful book.
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This book is actually by my Korean teacher's advisor, and even she hates using it. She always says she only uses it because she can't avoid using it without being disrespectful. It overcomplicates even the simplest grammar and doesn't explain in a succinct fashion. My teacher just uses her own Power point slides and then gives us homework from this book. The questions, answers and dictionary are very good, but for actually learning Korean, I heavily suggest looking elsewhere. Especially if you dislike being bombarded with sexist examples and the romanticising of smoking. Far too 1950s.
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I like this book. I bought it some time ago when the price was rather steep, but I don't regret it. I've heard it called Spartan and a bit dry in it's delivery but I find that, that is okay for my style of learning. Look at the Integrated Korean Books for a nice alternative.
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One of the best introductory textbooks for learners of Korean I've seen yet. I've wanted to buy this book for a while now, and with the publication of this paperback last year, it is finally within my price range.

Highly recommended!
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The book arrived on time and is in an excellent state!!
Great content, very well explained!!
I highly recommend this book :)
Good luck with studying!
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