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Integrated Korean: Beginning 1, 2nd Edition (Klear Textbooks in Korean Language) [Paperback]

by Young-Mee Cho, Hyo Sang Lee, Carol Schulz, Ho-Min Sohn, Sung-Ock Sohn
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November 30, 2009 0824834402 978-0824834401 2nd
The Beginning Level texts and workbooks are the first of a four- level series (Beginning 1 and 2, Intermediate 1 and 2, Advanced Intermediate, and Advanced) developed collaboratively by leading classroom teachers and linguists of Korean. 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. Grammar points are systematically introduced with simple but adequate explanations and abundant examples, exercises, and drills. Each situation/topic-based lesson of the main texts consists of two or three model dialogues, narration, new words and expressions, pronunciation notes, vocabulary notes, culture, grammar, task/function, and English translation of dialogues. The workbooks provide students with extensive skill-using activities based on the skills learned from the main texts. Integrated Korean is a project of the Korean Language Education and Research Center (KLEAR) with the support of the Korea Foundation. In addition to the four-level textbooks and workbooks, forthcoming volumes include instructor's manuals, Chinese Character Studies, Korean Composition, Selected Readings in Korean, Readings in Modern Korean Literature, Korean Language in Culture and Society, and A Dictionary of Korean Grammar and Usage.
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The accompanying set of 7 audio CDs are available from UH Press for $195. Individual audio files for this volume are also accessible on the web at --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Univ of Hawaii Pr; 2nd edition (November 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824834402
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824834401
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.9 x 0.6 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
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155 of 158 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An exceptionally promising series June 28, 2001
Format:Textbook Binding
I have been trying to self-study Korean for a fairly long time now and I definitely agree with the other reviewers that the currently available Korean language materials are not of the highest quality. This fact becomes particularly apparent when one wishes to learn the language on his/her own. Every publication that I have encoutered so far seems to have some severe deficiency ("College Korean" - not enough exercises and small vocabulary; "Teach Yourself Korean" - oversimplification; "Elementary Korean" - too many dialogs, not enough prose; etc.) The KLEAR series with "Beginning Korean" as its specific representative appears not to contain any of these shortcomings, as it provides a large (and useful) vocabulary to master, a wide selection of readings, and the workbooks provide ample practice in terms of the grammar as well as reading and writing. Furthermore, the book contains exhaustive cultural notes that provide a truly solid introduction to the intricacies of the Korean culture. However, the series contains one exceptionally annoying flaw - it does not have tapes coming along (at least as far as I know). In the classroom environment it may not be a problem but this deficiency makes the series quite awkward for self-study. Once one knows hangul it may be possible to cover the material but the sound of the language is necessary to reinforce learning and to reduce the accent - attempting to learn any language with a limited contact with its sound inevitably leads to an incorrect pronounciation, bad speaking habits, and additionally deprives the language learning process of its most fundamental and enjoyable dimenstion. To summarize, I find the KLEAR series to be the most thorough Korean language publication so far but have to agree with one of the previous reviewers that it is more appropriate for classroom use, and leaves self-learners nothing else but to grind and gnash their teeth.
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69 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great text December 23, 2005
I finished Book 1 and just started on Book 2. The material is well paced out, without too much crammed into one chapter. Good division of the new vocabularly in each chapter into Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives, Adverbs, etc to aid learning. There is also a small section on difficult to pronounce words. The Grammar is clear but not as well organized as Ross' Elementary Korean, which I considered the best in terms of grammar exposition for beginners. Dialogs are well crafted and practical. A narrative prose passage after the dialogs summarizes the contents of the dialogs. This provides valuable training in reading prose, complementing the direct speech in the dialogs.

A few easy exercises come after each topic segment covered, to reinforce the key points. Pictorial sketches go with some of the exercises to stimulate visual memory as an aid to learning, which I find quite helpful. I dont have the WorkBooks so I c'ant tell if there are enough good & challenging exercises there to reinforce the rather easy exercises provided in the text.

Some have complained about the lack of a CD to aid aural comprehension. However, most of the audio material is available on the web at:



I found the web material generally well recorded and adequate providing valuable aural training.

Overall, this series, without doubt, ranks with Ross' Elementary Korean as best in its class.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Usefull for Korean 101 November 13, 2006
By Daniel
Format:Textbook Binding
I am currently taking Korean 101 in college, and this is the textbook we are using. The textbook is very affordable and very easy to learn from. Perhaps most important is the books usefullness as a vocabular and grammar reference. Here is a short list of some of the parts of the book:

-An introduction to Korean

-An explanation of the Korean alphabet (easy to learn)

-Short sections on Korean culture

-Dialogues at the begining of each chapter and throughout the chapters

-Online audio files of each dialogue and vocabulary list

-Clearly organized vocabulary lists (by word type and subject)

-Usefull Korean to English and English to Korean dictionary

-Very usefull grammar reference at the back of the book

I found the explanations very clear, and the chapters well organized. The references are especially usefull for looking up words or grammar usage. Although there is not as much Korean culture mixed in as there is in French textbooks that I have used. I don't see this to be a problem since there is plenty more up to date cultural information online. Information about how culture influences the language is mixed in, which is important for understanding concepts like which form of speech to use (honorific, polite, etc.), as well as using "Our brother" instead of "My brother."

Additionaly and perhaps most important is the fact that no romanization is used except perhaps in the introductory chapter.

There isn't that much audio from the book online, so I would really suggest either talking with someone who knows Korean, or listening / watching something in Korean, but that's true for any language. However, vowels are really important and you're likely to mess them up if you don't have someone correct you.

My friend Leo says the cover is ugly, but I disagree.
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61 of 75 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Terrible--a complete waste of time June 24, 2009
I chose this book due to the reviews that I saw on Amazon. It seemed that it was the most promising of a few bad books out there. I noticed that it was used as the course textbook for the University of Indiana and the University of Hawaii, and thought "how bad could it be?"

I feel as though I have wasted many hours of study on completely pointless exercises.

Flaws of the book:

1. Since this is used as a textbook for college students, it focuses on college-related vocabulary. While this may be great for role-play conversations in a college class, it is terrible for practical applications. I learned words like: freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, biology, economics, etc. Words that you generally don't use in everyday conversation.

2. More useful vocabulary words that are presented as part of the chapter's vocabulary but are not presented in the chapter or used in context.

3. Mindless drills. One drill that specifically comes to mind: the book teaches you that you can combine two sentences to make one sentence using the word ±×¸®°í (the word that means "and").

4. Useless vocabulary loanwords: when is the last time you heard "Charlie Chaplain" before right now? I think that sums it up.

5. Absence of verb-conjugation exercises. They present the conjugated verb for you but don't explain how to do it.

6. Presentation of different verb tenses simultaneously. Past tense was touched upon in one chapter. The following chapter brought in future tense. That doesn't sound too bad as I write this review, but "touched upon" is the key here. Not much in the way of conjugation or exercises.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Very useful. I purchased this book because of the reviews I read and it totally lives up to it fully.
Published 15 hours ago by Jim B.
4.0 out of 5 stars For Korean language class
Pretty useful book, been using it for my evening language class. so far so good. no complain. easy to read
Published 26 days ago by pearl
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice!
I'm heading to Korea to teach English and I'm really trying very hard to learn the language. I purchased this book and I love it. It's very thorough. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Tecla Robinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Relatively clear, dense text
I bought this book to accompany the workbook. I've learned some Korean from other sources, so I wanted a textbook to support my knowledge. Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. Heil
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book to start learning Korean!
This is a fantastic language learning resource. The website also provides really great audio to practice with. I would suggest learning hangul first by using Read more
Published 1 month ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT!
The book is worth the money. A Very clear textbook perfect for those wanting to learn Korean. I am happy to have bought this book. RECOMMENDED!
Published 1 month ago by Johnny Vang
3.0 out of 5 stars Probably good, but Hard on Your Own
**If you're thinking of buying just the book, think again! You NEED to buy everything you would need in a school setting. That means the textbook, workbook, and audio. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Frank Elavsky
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book and good condition
This book is really helpful. I love learning korean and this book helps me alot for being a beginner. Recommended.
Published 3 months ago by Happinessalways10
4.0 out of 5 stars Review for Integrated Korean Beginning 1
Before buying this book, I spent a long time trying to learn through videos and short notes from the internet. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Natalia Kupec
5.0 out of 5 stars Best option to study at home.
I have been studying at home through Internet videos, but I have always felt the lack of a method to follow the grammar. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Anderson
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