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

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ISBN-13: 978-0824834401
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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 hawaii.edu/uhpress/realaudio/klear/beg1/ --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Young-mee Cho (Author)
Young-mee Cho is Associate Professor of Korean Language and Culture at Rutgers University.

Hyo Sang Lee (Author)
Hyo Sang Lee is Associate Professor and the Korean language program coordinator at East Asian Languages & Cultures at Indiana University, Bloomington.

Carol Schulz (Author)
Carol Schulz is Senior Lecturer and Director of Korean Language Program at the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University.

Ho-min Sohn (Author)
Ho-Min Sohn is Professor, Korean Language and Linguistics at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.

Sung-ock Sohn (Author)
Sung-Ock Sohn is professor of Korean language at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: University of Hawaii Press; 2nd edition (November 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824834402
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824834401
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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By Jimmy Hsu on December 23, 2005
Format: Paperback
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:

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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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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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I've tried other books, and honestly, i love this one the best.

I learned, in the first few lessons, things i never learned in my 2 years of slow, independent studies ( i still study independently) and since i got this book, my motivation for cracking down, and the pace at which i'm learning the material has increased substantially.

The book teaches you hang'l in the beginning, but it's up to you to memorize it and get used to it yourself ( i was already familiar but struggling to read well) because it does not use romanization at all in the lessons, but this is what i was looking for, because i wanted a book that made me do the hard work and get used to reading hang'l, so that i could begin recognizing whole words right away instead of taking it syllable by syllable. I now read almost 10 times as fast since i started using this book. My reading and writing skills with hang'l are much more proficient. Also, when they DO use romanization, in the rare case, they use McCune-Reischauer, which i find to be the most logical and effective way to read romanized korean with fluidity and ease.

buy this book.
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