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Elementary Korean: Includes a 74-minute Audio CD Hardcover – November 15, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0804820790 ISBN-10: 0804820791 Edition: Book & CD

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Book & CD edition (November 15, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804820791
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804820790
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,718,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"Elementary Korean is the golden standard for learning Korean. It is the most thorough and all–round introduction to Korean that I know of. The logical structure makes it easy to follow." — Perapera Language Tools

"So far the best books I've seen for self study seem to be King and Yeon's Elementary Korean. They come with CD's the workbook comes with an answer key, they get great reviews, and in general, they should serve youwell for taking you through the basics on your own." —Fluentforever.com

"The explanations of grammar are very easy to understand and very thorough. The vocabulary lists are very good as well. I just highly recommend these books because they are very easy to understand, nice hardback books with a good binding, include an audio cd, and also present good vocabulary and grammar." —Learnkoreanlangauge.com

"Comes with CD and the beginning hits you with the basics: simple phrases and hangul. Each lesson builds upon the grammar you've learned in the previous lesson so it's not hard. Well organized and easy to get through." —Linguajunkie.com

"The layout makes for a digestible read; each chapter begins with a dialogue and vocabulary list, followed by grammar points and exercises. The chapters are spattered with side notes that warn about common mistakes and caveats in a given lesson. I also have the accompanying workbook, which gives a lot of good practice." —Goodreads

"I like this book because it explains the 'how' and 'when' when it comes to proper usage of Korean language grammar." —Saranghae Korean

"I would definitely recommend this book to serious independent learners and teachers who are giving Beginner level classes." —Language Trainers

"Elementary Korean's clear in-depth treatment will undoubtedly propel the beginner learner forward in their quest to master the Korean language…" —Loving Korean --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Ross King is Associate Professor of Korean at the University of British Columbia. Jae-Hoon Yeon is a member of the faculty at the Centre of Korean Studies, University of London, SOAS.

Customer Reviews

The grammar notes are clear and well illustrated.
esseyo
I recomend it to anyone how wants to learn korean, by yourself (as I do) or as a support book for classes.
Filipa Cardoso
If you're wanting to learn Korean, this book is it.
Darkling

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

83 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Russell D. Holloway on June 15, 2004
Format: Hardcover
After studying Korean (on my own using internet sources etc etc) I have decided that this book is definitely by far one of the best books you can get for Korean. It contains an incredible amount of information. Most courses are quite small for Korean and do not contain a great deal, or are hard to manage. I have looked at the Rosetta Stone series for Korean (costing $300) and this $50 book is by far better than that whole program. It is better than any books I have seen in book stores. I have done the Pimsleur course which is a little strange in my opinion. Pimsleur does help with pronunciation a little bit but some of the language structure is a bit weird and not natural for the Korean Language. I feel that ever since I bought this book a couple weeks ago (I am on lesson 6 out of 15 I believe) I am learning at a much faster pace than I ever was before.

1) The grammar in this is excellent. It contains many many grammar points for every chapter and introduces them in a nice order (meaning you get important stuff first unlike some other courses I have looked at where you have to wait till near the end of the course to really dig into some good grammar).
2) The vocabulary consists of a surplus of words that anyone could ever want to learn as they are starting Korean.

I admit, this course is really hard and does contain a lot of information right from the start and might be hard on someone who does not know anything about Korean, but if you have already begun looking into the Korean Language, I highly recommend this.
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69 of 71 people found the following review helpful By esseyo on October 29, 2000
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Since I am looking mostly for reading/writing proficiency I find this to be a great book.

+ The grammar notes are clear and well illustrated.
+ The vocabulary is a lot but not completely overwhelming. The authors try to group closely related words physically close together to reduce the cost of learning new vocabulary.
+ Better than Myondo in presentation of material. Instead of spreading out related grammar material, it tries to present them together.
+ What I think is really great are the pronunciation rules ... you won't find this kind of practicality and detail in most other text. (Now, Myondo is very detailed but describing ssang-chiut as a voiceless alveo-palatal glottalized affricative isn't particularly helpful to me).
+ No Chinese characters are used in this book which is a plus at this level since Chinese characters rarely appear in the main text of popular Korean newspapers anyway
+ The authors actually provide a decent number of exercises with ANSWERS in the back! Now what they need to publish next is a supplementary reading and exercise book.

- I concur with a previous reviewer that the CD does not have enough basic sound examples.

4.5 stars.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Filipa Cardoso on November 26, 2009
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Elementary Korean is simple and has a very easy and honest approach to learning korean.

Although I am using it by myself (without the support system of classes and a teacher)I have found that it is increasingly easy to read and speak the language.

It has a lot of exercises (with the answers included) and also a great audio cd so you can pick up the correct wording.

I recomend it to anyone how wants to learn korean, by yourself (as I do) or as a support book for classes.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Ryan on February 24, 2004
Format: Hardcover
As others have said, this book is difficult, but wonderful. It will not hold your hand, and you have to be dedicated to learning the language. Personally, I enjoy that its raw learning without all the fluffy stuff (corny graphics, etc). I love that it is all in Hangul without Romanizations (there are only Romanizations in chapters 1-3). I have used other texts that have full Romanizations and many times they end up hurting you in the end because they are wrong, inconsistant, and you become dependant on them. There is also a good Korean-English/English-Korean glossary in the back in Hangul-alphabetical order (most are not), so you don't really need a dictionary yet, but of course one wouldn't hurt (warning: the dictionary with the big L on the cover is good, but in Romanized-alphabetical order which can be a pain for looking up Hangul words). Here are some things that will help you though:
-Yes, the CD is super fast, but that is the normal speaking speed in Korea. What I did to make it easier to hear was to play the CD in Windows Media Player and use the "Play Speed" function to slow down the CD. It really helped!
-Have a very basic understanding of some linguistics terms such as voiced, unvoiced, unreleased, aspirated. The authors are trained linguistics and sometimes use some jargon, although it is usually explained.
-I highly recommend learning Hangul (the Korean alphabet) before starting this book. The authors do not introduce it (but still use it) until chapter 3, which is very difficult if you do not have a Korean teacher.
-That brings my last point. If you know a native Korean, make sure you use him/her as a resource. That probably goes without saying for any book. However, I have been learning Korean about 90% on my own, and have used this book as my guide fairly successfully (no fault of the book; it is just a HARD language to grasp).
Good luck with your Korean learning!
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