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Spoken World: Korean- A Complete Course for Beginners (Living Language) Paperback – Audiobook, Unabridged

ISBN-13: 978-1400023486 ISBN-10: 1400023483 Edition: Com/Pap Un

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Living Language; Com/Pap Un edition (November 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400023483
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400023486
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 7.2 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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They are both good as stand-alone textbooks.
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It is literally riddled with errors, some so obvious someone who knows nothing of Korean could still pick up.
Rodolfo B. Fernandez
I would also recommend supplementing the material with a dictionary and grammar workbook.
B. Bordeaux

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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 12, 2007
Format: Paperback
It used to be that anyone learning Korean had to go on a treasure hunt to find learning materials. Now that Korea is emerging as a global economic player, learners of Korean are in the enviable position of having too many language learning choices.

Living Language products are sold as no-gimmick learning materials. There are no tricks, no cuteness, just you and the language. The new World Languages series features a fairly thin book and a set of six CDs.

First, the good. The CDs are excellent. The Korean speakers are clearly understandable and they speak at a pace that is easy for a non-native to follow but not so slow that they sound odd. Three of the CDs are meant to be used with the book, the other three are meant as refreshers that can be used without the book.

The book teaches the Korean script (Hangeul) immediately. This alone sets it apart from many of the major Korean language releases. Learning the Korean alphabet is easy and essential to full fluency. The first few lessons have Romanization but it disappears later in the book.

There is good emphasis on casual speech, a topic notably lacking is most Korean learning material. Most books confine themselves to -imnida and -saeyo endings. This book teaches casual speech fairly early, an excellent move. After all, making friends is an important part of language learning and who wants to talk to their friends the same way they would talk to their boss or grandmother?

The exercises are also good. The suggestion of starting a journal in Korean is a wonderful idea and has helped me greatly.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on December 25, 2009
Format: Paperback
First, as an introduction, I am not an individual who picks up a book and latches onto a foreign language. I have not fluent in Korean (yet), but am working on improving my proficiency. I used this course to get my feet wet through informal study. I have used phrasebooks, Before You Land, and Rosetta Stone resources before but prefer the type of no-frills, no-nonsense instruction offered by this course.

Packet consists of 6 audio CDs and a book - all are user friendly and easy to understand. I especially like how the CDs are indexed with relatively short lessons when compared to other resources. Explaining further, if you want to review a lesson or a specific phrase, the sections are small enough to quickly fast-forward or rewind to the specific point on the CDs. The vocabulary building CD is great to keep in the car to brush up while commuting around town.

I highly recommend this for school and public libraries, and would recommend this to American students who would like a 101-style introduction to this beautiful but intimidating language.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By B. Bordeaux on June 13, 2010
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As an experienced language learner, I can honestly say that the Living Language series is, by far, the best on the market. Specifically, the Living Language Ultimate series and Spoken World series offer an entertaining and effective approach toward language learning. I have found that this product succeeds where others seem to have failed. For example, the audio for the Assimil series is terrible, as the speakers talk at such a slow pace that there's a good chance you'll be waking up several hours later. The reading and writing aspects are other areas in which courses such as Teach Yourself and Pimsleur have dropped the ball. Pimsleur offers zero text and hence, is absolutely useless to anyone who is serious about learning the language. While Teach Yourself does offer text, the authors for some reason or another have decided that it would be better to use romanization. Living Language is the most complete course I have found as both the written content and the accompanying audio are excellent. Here, the authors have taken a sensible approach, using Hangeul with the aid of transliteration in the first few chapters, and then introducing the text in Hangeul. The conversations also are lively, natural, and above all, practical. You will find that every chapter is filled with content that is pertinent, useful and applicable to actual conversations. Unfortunately, for Rosetta Stone fans, you will not find sentences such as "the octopus is behind the library". My only complaint is that the course could be longer. I would also recommend supplementing the material with a dictionary and grammar workbook. Even so, the course is great. If I were to any one product, Pimsleur (trash), Teach Yourself, or Assimil (although the latter two are also excellent in their own right) I would recommend this one.
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