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Integrated Korean: Beginning 1, 2nd Edition (Klear Textbooks in Korean Language) 2nd Edition
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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 the Unknown Binding edition.
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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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.
I'm reviewing this from a point before I had the workbook and audio.
I purchased this book after being referred to do so and had high expectations. It's been used in Universities so I assumed it had everything I needed to try on my own. I've learned Japanese from an amazing textbook and I assumed this one would be similar. I was a little misled.
First off, I believe you need a teacher to be able to follow and understand what is expected of you in this book. In many areas the book even states: "Listen and repeat your instructor." If you're an audio and/or hands on learner this book will only confuse you.
When you're starting from basics, you want to learn the foundation of the language. I was sad to see that the beginning of the book didn't even teach me how to read or write the Korean alphabet so as the pages went on I wasn't soaking anything in. The book is not intuitive or user friendly. There are numerous "Practices" for you to do right from the start, but you have no idea how to figure them out without instructor direction. Perhaps there's an instructors "ultimate" book that would help explain?
Not too far into the book there is much hangul (Korean text) that I assume you're supposed to be able to read and follow? It doesn't seem a nice transition and like I said, you're not given a strong foundation on the alphabet (and what it looks like) in the beginning in order to memorize and translate.
As an example: On page 15, the Introduction chapter, you're told to translate Roman letters "kun.hak" into korean script. You aren't taught how to do so and what those letters look like in order to piece it together into a word. By searching through the text you can finally figure it out, but it's not neatly displayed or even in a chart form that helps. It takes far longer than it should.
I will say after buying the workbook to go along with the text things became MUCH easier. The beginning of the workbook is practicing writing the Korean alphabet and listening to how they sound. Just how it should be! I still believe having a teacher would be beneficial, but I think it is possible to start learning on your own with this more formal, structured learning style.
This book is used for both regular introductory class, and the heritage class. I'm in the heritage class because I have some background of Korean from my family. It helped me understand the linguistic concepts I always used but never formally knew. The book made sense and it has lots of good references within it.
I didn't have very high expectations for language books because my high school had terrible Spanish books. But this book made learning enjoyable. Every chapter has two conversations that utilize the grammar points and a narration doing the same. It breaks down the grammar points into subpoints as needed and has useful charts -- they're summarized in the back. The dictionary in the back of the book is great -- it's full of words that I use in my colloquial Korean. I've moved onto Beginning 2 but I still refer back to this volume to help me brush up on the basics.
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This book is for learners who has already read Korean alphabet and knows sentence word order.