- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Hardcover with disc edition (June 10, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 080483976X
- ISBN-13: 978-0804839761
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.1 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 95 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,019,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Elementary Korean, 2nd Edition Hardcover with disc Edition
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"I would definitely recommend this book to serious independent learners and teachers who are giving Beginner level classes." —Language Trainers blog
"Elementary Korean's clear in-depth treatment will undoubtedly propel the beginner learner forward in their quest to master the Korean language…" —Loving Korean blog
"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 blog
"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 blog
"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 blog
"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 blog
"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 bog
About the Author
Jaehoon Yeon is a Reader in Korean at the Centre of Korean Studies, University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).
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I can't give it five stars because for some reason, there is no spacing between words in the example Korean sentences. Its headache-inducing to read so when I bought Continuing Korean, I fully expected to skip over 2/3 of the book and cherry-pick the information I need. However, that book has correct formatting!
Publishers, *please* fix the formatting issue, as for most first-time learners, it is more than enough to convince them to give up at the get-go.
This book is an authentic textbook (like something one would certainly use in an university Korean language course), but it is well-equipped for the self-learner as well. The vocabulary presented in this text is clear and relevant; however, you won't realize this until the sixth lesson (Lesson 5 introduces some odd vocabulary like "imported goods"). Also, the grammar notes are just detailed enough so that one can grasp the information without much external help.
The dialogues presented at the beginning of each lesson are informative and sometimes amusing. And, usually, there are additional sentences for reading after the dialogues. The book provides many examples for each of the Korean grammar concepts it teaches, so you will learn exactly how to use them. It should also be noted that this book mainly deals with the polite style of Korean speech, but it introduces the other styles as well.
The audio CD contains native speakers acting out the dialogues and reading the example sentences used in each lesson. Unfortunately, only the vocabulary from Lesson 5 is read on the CD. Personally, I find that the readers speak too quickly, but this can be easily remedied by slowing down the audio with Windows Media Player or something similar.
The end-of-lesson exercises are highly pertinent to the material presented in the text, and the answers for every exercise is presented in the back of the book. I have noticed, however, that a few of the answers are incorrect. Ultimately, I suggest buying Elementary Korean Workbook along with this text. The lessons are thoroughly expounded in the workbook, and you get additional listening practice as well.
On a final note, there is an index and glossary in the back. The Hanja for certain terms are displayed in the glossary, but this feature is not that useful for beginners with no background in Chinese characters.
I thoroughly recommend this textbook for any newcomer to the Korean language.
Until I find a better textbook, I would recommend this one to anyone who wants to learn to speak and read 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.