- Series: Basic (Book 1)
- Audio CD: 5 pages
- Publisher: Pimsleur; 10 Lessons edition (March 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 074355082X
- ISBN-13: 978-0743550826
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 2.1 x 6.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 42 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,105,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Pimsleur Korean Basic Course - Level 1 Lessons 1-10 CD: Learn to Speak and Understand Korean with Pimsleur Language Programs 10 Lessons Edition
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Pros: Through repetition, the series will teach you passable Korean. I have gained a very basic knowledge of the Korean language and syntax. At the beginning of the month, I would think that the speakers on the CD were going too fast and I could not keep up. I would frequently repeat words where I didn't know the meaning. However, as the days and weeks progressed, I would pick up (and retain) more from the CD. By the end of the month, I possessed a passable comprehension of the lesson. I believe that I would have picked it up faster if I had been paying more attention. However, the series was designed to be casual and I took it as such. What I found impressive is that I was able to retain the words that I learned several months after having learned them. I am also able to pick up the general gist of some conversations when the speakers used words that I learned.
Cons: Proficiency is not fluency. While I can understand the words and repeat them, sometimes little details would be lost. This is because the series does not teach you how to read or write Korean. As an analogy, say I hear the speaker say "I want a steak." I would hear it and repeat it as "I wan ta steak." It was only by speaking with a fluent Korean speaker that I was able to correct it to "I want a steak." So don't expect to be able to converse flawlessly with native Korean speakers. Korean vowel sounds are more nuanced than English (at least to me), so I found that while people could generally get what I was saying, sometimes they couldn't. And when they repeated what I should have said, it sounded like what I had already spoken. Moreover, this set teaches you formal Korean (as opposed to "casual/familiar" Korean). Formal Korean is great for speaking to people older than you or to strangers, but it is inappropriate when speaking to kids or friends. Of course, your Korean friends might be more tolerant than mine. =)
Finally, the vocabulary taught concentrates on being a first time visitor to Korea. The lessons don't teach you how what the numbers 1-12 is, but they do teach you phrases such as "Where is the Seoul hotel?" and "I'll have 2 beers, please." So it's a bit hit or miss on the vocab.
Overall, I highly recommend this series under certain conditions. This is not a replacement for a formal study in the Korean language. However, if you want a casual, basic learning in how to speak and understand Korean and can dedicate 30 minutes a day for a while, then this is for you. I plan on getting the next level when I complete this series.
Would like to learn the more commonly used level of politeness.
Also, after a few introductions of words like "excuse me" the second disc gets into discussions about the weather. I really don't need to converse about the weather, I'd rather learn some essential words/phrases like "How to I get to .............." or "Where is the bathroom" etc. More practical statements, rather than a conversation about the weather, is what I would be looking for,
There is a bullet point on the back of the actual box that lets you know that learners do not progress from Basic to Conversational, so if you are looking to buy-to-try, just purchase one, not both.