- 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 (160 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
-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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This book is for learners who has already read Korean alphabet and knows sentence word order.