- 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)
Elementary Korean Hardcover – Dec 1999
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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.
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.
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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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.Read more ›
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.
Great content, very well explained!!
I highly recommend this book :)
Good luck with studying!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is perfect for beginners that eagerly want to learn Korean. There are compact/intense lessons to gradually improve your Korean language.Published 19 months ago by Chu Tan
After trying several times to work through this book by myself, I find it very difficult to continue, since there is simply no enjoyment in it. Read morePublished on 27 Aug. 2010 by Spartophragmos
Do not buy this book if you want to learn Korean.
There are so many better alternatives. It is a revision of a book written decades ago and it quite frankly shows. Read more
This is a very good,self explainatory book. Even though some of the comments in the book itself might sound scarry. Read morePublished on 25 April 2006 by L. N. L. Thian