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Integrated Korean: Beginning Level (Klear Textbooks in Korean Language) [Textbook Binding]

Korean Language Education and Research Center (KLEAR)
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30 Sep 2000 0824821742 978-0824821746
All series volumes have been developed in accordance with performance-based principles and methodology -- learner-centeredness, contextualization, use of authentic materials, function/task-orientedness, balance between skill getting and skill using, and integration of speaking, listening, reading, writing, and culture.

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  • Textbook Binding: 352 pages
  • Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press (30 Sep 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824821742
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824821746
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 16.3 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,065,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you want to learn Korean, this is a good book 3 July 2010
I've tried a few books, and the Rosetta Stone software, with which to start studying Korean.
So far, this seems to be the best.

It is an updated version of an original book released about 10 years ago, incorporating much feedback from (American) students and teachers. The book isn't as dry as Yonsei University's offering. However, it is still quite technical, particularly the introduction, but is worth persevering with. Once you get to chapter 1, you'll find it is quite a user-friendly book. A particular benefit is that all of the audio files (5 for each chapter: 2 conversations, a set of vocabulary for each conversation, and a short paragraph) are downoadable free-of-charge from the publisher, which are great for listening to in the car.

I would have 2 suggestions for improvement. Firstly, it would be useful to have more audio files, particularly for pattern drills. Secondly, it uses the McCune-Reischauer system for representing the Korean alphabet in the Roman alphabet. The Korean governent did away with this in 2000, replacing it with the much more intuitive "Revised Romanisation of Korean". For some reason, however, academics persist with using the old-fashioned McCune-Reischauer system. Hence, if you go to Korea and expect to read road signs, you would be better off learning the newer system - or, even better still, learn the hangeul alphabet. In the book's next revision, I would want it to use the Revised Romanisation of Korean.

Once I have finished this book, I will buy the next in the series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good and user friendly textbook 15 Aug 2011
By Jimmie
I bought this after listening to Pimsleurs learn Korean audio course which I would also recommend as a great introduction to the language.
The book is well paced, it doesn't throw too much at the reader at any one time which makes it easier to recall previously learned rules without tripping over yourself and mixing them up. I feel that this is especially important for a language which has such different grammar from English.
I've seen other books which seem to have mountains of information crammed into them. These books didn't appeal to me as I'd much rather a more structured and gradual approach to learning Korean (as I'm learning through self-study) and after completing this book I think that it does that job quite well. I don't mind buying a series of books that increment my knowledge slowly.
One a side note the pages are nicely designed and structured and overall the book looks well, some people obviously won't care about this but when you're studying a difficult subject it can be a welcome attribute of any textbook and makes it seem less arduous to get through.

One thing I would recommend is writing out all Questions and Answers and Narrations rather than just filling in the blanks in the book as otherwise you won't have written out the words enough to remember them properly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's was quite good 3 Jan 2013
By Dylan H
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I've given this product a 4/5 because of it's content, I think there should have been a bit more content for the amount of money I bought it for. But overall, this is a great book to have of you are new to learning Korean and hoping to achieve a high level of fluency :)
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