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2. Korean (Comprehensive)
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3. Elementary Korean (Tuttle Language
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4. Lonely Planet Korean Phrasebook
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5. Integrated Korean: Beginning Level
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6. Langenscheidt's Pocket Dictionary
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7. Your First 100 Words in Korean
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10. Making Out in Korean: From Everyday
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1. Teach Yourself Korean Complete Course (book and cd only) (Teach Yourself Language Complete Courses (Audio))
by Mark Vincent, Jaehoon Yeon
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Asin: 0071414363
Catlog: Book (2003-01)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Sales Rank: 12075
Average Customer Review: 3.64 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

Bestselling language courses now with audio CDs!

From Danish to Spanish, Swahili to Brazilian Portuguese, the languages of the world are brought within the reach of any beginning student. Learners can use the Teach Yourself Language Courses at their own pace or as a supplement to formal courses. These complete courses are based on the very latest learning methods and designed to be enjoyable and user-friendly.

Prepared by experts in the language, each course begins with the basics and gradually promotes the student to a level of smooth and confident communication, including:

  • Up-to-date, graded interactive dialogues
  • Graded units of culture notes, grammar, and exercises
  • Step-by-step guide to pronunciation
  • Practical vocabulary
  • Regular and irregular verb tables
  • Plenty of practice exercises and answers
  • Bilingual glossary

The new editions also feature:

  • Clear, uncluttered, and user-friendly layout
  • Self-assessment quizzes to test progress
  • Website suggestions to take language study further
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4-0 out of 5 stars A Good Beginning Course with a few flaws
I highly recommend "Teach Yourself Korean" to any beginners at the language. It has entertaining dialogues (not dry like most other textbooks) and teaches things in a systematic format focusing on the practical application of grammar principles supplemented by useful vocabulary. After learning a principle from this book, you always seem to be able to find a way to use it in a real conversation, and my Korean friends have complimented me when I use the expressions on how natural they sound. I have also purchased the more traditional "College Korean" paperback by Rogers, You, and Richards, and would say if one had to go with one or the other, most would be better off with "Teach Yourself Korean." The books weaknesses include using only romanized Korean in the vocabulary sections and grammar explanations (though dialogues are printed in Hangul), and its lack of any kind of index. Using romanized Korean as opposed to Korean script makes verb forms and pronounciation rules needlessly confusing; a good text should include both. This book is an excellent beginners course that won't bore you, but you should get another book to accompany it, such as "Active Korean" by Song-Chol Kim.

4-0 out of 5 stars The romanization was helpful.
I would recommend this book to most beginners. It helps you learn how to speak Korean, but this book alone is not enough. It would still be difficult to understand native Korean speakers. There are not enough excercises to really master the language. I am able to order at a restaurant, and tell Koreans that I can speak a little, but I can't understand everything. In most cases, the Korean conversation ends right there, and we go back to speaking English.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Book! but it could have used some work
Teach Yourself Korean is a great book if you want to learn more than just "tourist phrases." The introduction with Han-Geul was clear and easy to understand. If your first language is English, the grammar and pronunciation rules will seem strange and hard to remember at first, but this is true for most Asian languages. Since Korean is not a tonal language, such as Chinese or Vietnamese, your learning will not be hindered by worries about "singing" the words. Each section includes an introduction listing the aspects of the Korean language you will learn. The dialogues in each section aren't dry either. They contain many colloquial Korean phrases and expressions that are explained later in the chapter. The dialogues are shown in Han-Geul and are followed by McCune-Reischauer romanisations. The romanisations were one of the aspects of the book that could have been improved. Sometimes they were inconsistent with the Han-Geul and left me wondering which pronunciations were correct. The vocabulary boxes were extremely helpful, but since the words were not translated directly under the Han-Geul dialogues, I had to keep flipping pages to understand what I was reading. This ruined the flow of the conversations a little bit. The commentary was the core of the book. It explained aspects of Korean culture and taught me how to construct Korean sentences. Although the authors attempt to keep the explanations simple, some of the grammar commentary sections needed to be read and re-read in order to absorb the information. The upside of this is that repitition reinforces memory. The exercises are varied and cover a wide range of problems. The book recommends that one completes the exercises using Han-Geul, but beginners can use romanistation as well. Some of the answer keys in the back of the book provided answers that seemed strange, and this was a major hindrance for me. I would re-read the grammar commentary to see if I had missed anything, only to find out that we would learn a certain verb-construction or colloquialism in later sections. All in all, this was a great book, but it needs some polishing.

2-0 out of 5 stars awkward expressions (cassette tapes)
The topics of the chapters are not really fit for non-native speakers of Korean. There are many awkward expressions and unrealistic situations for non-native speakers to learn.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Teach Yourself Korean, in my opinion, is really a great book for beginners. The tape was also good even though some conversational parts were a bit fast to learn. They included romanization for beginners because they wanted you to read in hangul text and then look at the romanization to see if you are beginning to improve on how to read hangul. After reading this book, move on to "College Korean" and "Elementary Korean." ... Read more

2. Korean (Comprehensive)
by Pimsleur
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Asin: 0743536134
Catlog: Book (2005-04-01)
Publisher: Pimsleur
Sales Rank: 813918
Average Customer Review: 3.14 out of 5 stars
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With Pimsleur Language Programs you don't just study a language, you learn it -- the same way you mastered English! And because the technique relies on interactive spoken language training, the Pimsleur Language Programs are totally audio -- no book is needed!

The Pimsleur programs provide a method of self-practice with an expert teacher and native speakers in lessons specially designed to work with the way the mind naturally acquires language information. The various components of language -- vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar -- are all learned together without rote memorization and drills. Using a unique method of memory recall developed by renowned linguist, Dr. Paul Pimsleur, the programs teach listeners to combine words and phrases to express themselves the way native speakers do. By listening and responding to thirty minute recorded lessons, students easily and effectively achieve spoken proficiency.

No other language program or school is as quick, convenient, and effective as the Pimsleur Language Programs.

The Comprehensive Program is the ultimate in spoken language learning. For those who want to become proficient in the language of their choice, the Comprehensive programs go beyond the Basic Programs to offer spoken-language fluency. Using the same simple method of interactive self-practice with native speakers, these comprehensive programs provide a complete language learning course. The Comprehensive Program is available in a wide variety of languages and runs through three levels (thirty lessons each) in French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish. At the end of a full Comprehensive Program listeners will be conducting complete conversations and be well on their way to mastering the language. The Comprehensive Programs are all available on cassettes and are also on CD in the six languages in which we offer the Basic Program on CD. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Introductory Course
This course is unique because it doesn't teach you grammar, reading or writing. Instead it focuses on the natural way humans learn language: by speaking.

I found this course to be absolutely perfect for my needs. There are ten, 30 minute lessons consisting of one dialogue, then repetitions of the same. Each lesson is ideal for commuters, and that is exactly how I used it.

Two things to keep in mind, which have been addressed by other reviewers:

(1) This is the ABRIDGED and INTRODUCTORY course in Korean. Speakers with a little more advanced knowledge should not buy this course unless they wish to improve their pronounciation. Pimsleur's full comprehensive courses have 30 lessons, and several books in the series. This is meant only to be a compact version.

(2) This course does not teach grammatical instruction; in fact, this goes against the learning theory of the entire series. However, if you know nothing about Korean before you begin, you will definitely have the beginning command of the language and probably a much better one than with any other language series.

In closing, this is a great series for BEGINNERS. It is a much needed introduction for those of us who have bought other language series and were discouraged by their seemingly impossible front at the very beginning.

Readers who wish to explore the Korean language further should buy the "Elementary Korean" and "Continuing Korean" series and "College Korean" for those who wish to have a master handle of grammar. But I would definitely buy this one as a stepping stone.

2-0 out of 5 stars promises pie in the sky but delivers very little
I agree with the reader from New Zealand: these tapes is for beginners. Most of the material on these tapes I learned my first year in Korea.

The product comes with a brochure, telling the consumer all about how wonderful the product is and what a brilliant scholar Dr. Pimsleur is. According to this brochure, "extensive research has shown that we actually need a comparatively limited number of words to be able to communicate effectively in any language." That is not true. According to a word frequency chart compiled at Yonsei University in Seoul, it takes 3000 words to read 85% of written Korean. It takes 6000 to raise that to 90%.

If you want listening practice and adequate grammar instruction in the same package, your best bet might be Elementary Korean by Ross King and Sae-Hoon Yeon, ISBN 0804820791.

3-0 out of 5 stars learn the formal first
I think that the course is only an introduction to the Korean language. It is good for that and no more. After having been in Korea for 2 years myself, it might help you to know that you will get a lot further learning the formal way to speak, that is, the more traditional longer form, than you would by using casual korean. Koreans are highly polite in everyday situations, they will be more welcoming to a foreigner who can use the traditional way of speaking first most. The course focuses on that well. Drawbacks are the price and the expectancy to repeat long phrases at times, overall though you should be able to get some benefit from it.

2-0 out of 5 stars Check out another title instead..
I used to like this program, when I got it 3 years ago...

Now however, I realize that even tho it is good at teaching you introductory phrases, the speech on this program is far too formal...

Instead check out the book/cd program called "Elementary Korean." I assure you you will not be disappointed. It's cheaper, and provides infinitely more info.

Good luck!

3-0 out of 5 stars Quality is good, coverage is marginal, and Oh! The price!
I've worked with as many Korean language tapes and books as I've been able to get my hands on, and there is no question that this has been the easiest to use. However, Pimsleur looses points with me for their dogmatic adherence to the "tape only" format. It is difficult to get a hand on grammar or sentence structure without some reference to the written form. Most of the utterences on the tapes are long blurbs that form comprehensible phrases, but where does one word stop and the next word end (true for Pimsleur Japanese, too)? Also, reference to the level of complexity of verb forms in Korean, which varies with the level of formality between speakers, does not exist on this tutorial. If you are looking for tourist's phrases that will get you around Seoul, this might be your ticket. If you want to understand or become fluent in the language, this is only a partial remedy. Again, this is the best Korean tutorial I've used. That's a shame, because it could be done better. Finally, there's the price. Pimsleur sells boxes of 4 cassettes (introductory lesson) of the more common languages (French, Spanish, Japanese). at about 3 times cheaper than this box of 5 cassettes. No doubt about it... the unpopular Korean language is a seller's market, but how deep are you going to gouge, Pimsleur? ... Read more

3. Elementary Korean (Tuttle Language Library)
by Ross, Ph.D. King, Jae-Hoon, Ph.D. Yeon
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Asin: 0804836140
Catlog: Book (2004-07-15)
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Sales Rank: 30546
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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This textbook offers a complete first year course for learning Korean. Loosely based on Beginning Korean by Martin and Lee,it includes updated dialogues, grammar notes, and transcription in the Han'gul character system.The main objective of this book iscompetence in spoken Korean through a streamlined introduction to the fundamental patterns of the language.Based on the ACTFL Proficiencyguidelines, this book will provides students with an Intermediate-Low to Intermediate-Mid proficiency level.Reading passages enhance thelessons. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars One of the best
For those of you who have tried to study Korean using the books available in the marketplace you already understand there is a dearth of good learning materials. I think the reason why so many people give this book 5 stars is it is a relative value compared to other textbooks available.

The grammar explanations of this book are fantastic as are the vocabulary building sections in the beginning of each chapter.

As others have mentioned the dialogues on the CD are are difficult to comprehend for a beginning speaker. More exercises and examples would help to illustrate various uses of phrases and expressions.

I personally think a better series of books for the comprehensive study of Korean is the Integrated Korean series published by Hawaii University Press. The Integrated series stretches the language over a five-level, ten-volume series of books rather than trying to compact the entire language into two textbooks.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great first book
I've just started studying Korean and this book, so I can't review it in depth.I mostly wanted to pass on some info to fellow Korean students.I will say that I was impressed enough to buy the 2nd volume which also includes a CD.Yes, the CD contains fast speech, but stick with it.You might only be able to repeat part of the phrase the first times through, but eventually you can catch up.Pronunciation is the first threshhold to cross whenever starting another language.

I live in the USA, but I ordered my copies from Amazon Canada.You might wish to look it up there yourself.As of this time they list a new edition coming out.I saved a few bucks and also ordered Assimil Coreen.If you can at least read French well, Assimil has a great course in Coreen (Korean) with tapes or CDs. (Check the Assimil site for ISBN numbers so you can order the version you prefer from Amazon--Amazon has all too brief descriptions, but does include ISBN).Also check out The Sounds of Korean: A Pronunciation Guide--another great CD/book combination with in depth pronunciation exercises.
For less than the cost of Pimsleur Comprehensive you can buy all 4 books.You would then have nearly 5 hours of recorded Korean instead of Pimsleur's 15 hours of WAY too much recorded English and repetitious bits of Korean.Plus, you would learn Hangul and have books full of info!

5-0 out of 5 stars Elementary Korean is the best
After studying Korean (on my own using internet sources etc etc) I have decided that this book is definately by far one of the best books you can get for korean.It contains an incredible amount of information.Most courses are quite small for Korean and do not contain a great deal, or are hard to manage.I have looked at the Rosetta Stone series for Korean (costing $300) and this $50 book is by far better than that whole program.It is better than any books I have seen in book stores.I have done the Pimsleur course which is a little strange in my opinion.Pimsleur does help with pronunciation a little bit but some of the language structure is a bit weird and not natural for the Korean Language.I feel that ever since I bought this book a couple weeks ago (I am on lesson 6 out of 15 I believe) I am learning at a much faster pace than I ever was before.

1) The grammer in this is excellent.It contains many many grammer points for every chapter and introduces them in a nice order (meaning you get important stuff first unlike some other courses I have looked at where you have to wait till near the end of the course to really dig into some good grammer).
2) The vocabulary consists of a surplus of words that anyone could ever want to learn as they are starting Korean.

I admit, this course is really hard and does contain a lot of information right from the start and might be hard on someone who does not know anything about Korean, but if you have already begun looking into the Korean Language, I highly recommend this.I do not know how good of a job it does teaching hangul as I already knew most hangul when beginning this book, but I do know it covered some points and specific irregulars and pronunciation rules that I had not previously known so it probably is very good at hangul as well.Others have said to do the 2 hangul chapters first, which might be a good idea to someone who does not know it.It should be a pretty good book for teaching hangul but I am not entirely sure if it teaches well and easy to understand for someone who does not know hangul, but it seems to do a good job.The first two chapters on just basic sentences and sayings people should know were alright in my opinion.Chapter 1 is good because it deals with just simple things like yes, no, nice to meet you, thank you, etc...But honestly, the romanization confuses me very very much so I would learn hangul first (it has both romanization and hangul in the chapters 1 and 2 because they do not introduce hangul until chapter 3).The romanization has a chart for how to pronounce all the strange letters they use for romanization and all, and I honestly think hangul would be much easier to learn than learning romanization used in these two chapters.But if you know the hangul (which is covered in the book) then chapter 1 is very good.Chapter 2 covers basic information on what a teacher might say in the classroom or the students, which didnt do much for me as I am learning completely on my own.3 and 4 is hangul.Chapter 5 is where this book finally really kicks in.Starting with Chapter 5 you have all your lists of vocabulary, your dialogues, and many explanations on grammer.Chapter 5 is where it gets intense.

People have mentioned the audio cd is not very good.I disagree.I think it is excellent.Even though it is just one 74 minute cd (seemed like it wouldnt last very long) it has most anything on the cd you would want being pronounced.It does not give you time to repeat after them or does not say words twice, but it fits a lot of words and spoken korean on the one cd.You can listen to it and figure out how the word should be said.The woman speaker speaks at a nice pace, while the male speaker is a little faster but still a nice pace in my opinion.Listening to the male speaker helps build your listening comprehension because when speaking with a real korean it will be just as hard if not harder to understand.The cd is excellent in my opinion.

Lastly, I want to mention the exercises.There are exercises at the ends of the chapters (mainly beginning with Chapter 5 when the real lessons begin) which I highly recommend you doing.Luckily I am highly interested in the Korean language and find it very fun to learn so I can make myself do them.Some may seem a bit dull or long or pointless at first but I know thats not the case.When it says figure out what this is in Korean and write out the WHOLE sentence for each one, I highly recommend doing that.It will greatly help, even if it is a lot of work.It has all the answers (or answers that work - for example if it says translate this sentence into Korean, it will give a correct translation, when there are a couple different ways to translate it.That is the only problem I have found so far.Sometimes its hard to check your answers if your working on your own and they only give one possible solution...but, they do cover an answer for every exercise in the book.).

Overall, I like everything about this book.It covers everything very well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for beginers
This is a great book, it is not the classical phrase book (although it gives you many phrases!), but is a combination of a grammar book with a small dictionary and a phrase book.

It is written in a clear way, it's easy to understand every lesson, and it helps you to build a vocabulary wide enough. Besides, the small dicctionary at the end of the book makes easy to search for many words. Contains exercises at the end of every lesson, with their answers.

The cd is a great tool for you to hear the pronunciation and how korean is actually spoken.

The only problem is romanization, it's a little complicated, but as soon as you learn hangeul (by the third lesson), you'll never have to worry about it.

The conclusion: If you wanna learn korean in an easy way, this book is an option.

5-0 out of 5 stars There couldn't be a better Korean text in English
Firstly, I have found the accompanying CD excellent from the 1st chapter.If anything, the female could speak more rapidly.If either of the speakers had spoken slower, the phrases wouldn't have sounded natural or fluid.
Secondly, I agree with other reviewers that Hangul should be taught and/or used in chapters one and two.Those who aren't familiar with Hangul basically must wait until the third and forth chapters before learning and exploring it.The first two chapters are to familiarize the learner with sentence structure (SOV patterned) and Korean sounds.The lessons proper begin with lesson five.I recommend starting with lessons 3 and 4 if you are 1. not familiar with Hangul or 2. in need of a refresher on pronunciation guidelines and rules.
I really think this is a best for learning Korean!
For those of you who speak Japanese, I recommend "Shikkari Manabu Kankokugo, Bunpou to Renshuu Mondai," 2003, by Bere Shuppan.It comes with a CD, and the ISBN is 4-939076-27-X C2087.If you are interested, I recommend ordering this from Kinokuniya.The first 15 chapters cover in depth Hangul rules (with ample examples).
Lastly, enjoy your studies and enjoy this book!! ... Read more

4. Lonely Planet Korean Phrasebook (Lonely Planet Korean Phrasebook)
by Minkyoung Kim, J. D. Hilts
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Asin: 1740591666
Catlog: Book (2002-05-01)
Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
Sales Rank: 17612
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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Annyong haseyo! you say, and gently nod a greeting to your new, han-guk ch’in-gu, who comments on how well you speak Korean. You modestly reply chal mot’aeyo…

With this phrasebook, you can chat with your hosts in the minbak, let your hair down and sing along in a noraebang, or enjoy the stories of friendly farmers and mysterious monks as they guide you around. With a few words in the local language, you’ll be savouring Korea’s disarming hospitality at its best.

  • all the words and phrases for a great stay in Korea
  • a heaped serving of food terms ensures confident menu ordering
  • buy knick-knacks at the market in the local language
  • all there is to know about Korean etiquette and body language
  • easy to use phonetic transliterations of the Hangul script throughout
  • plenty of phrases to join in the friendly fun at soccer games
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5-0 out of 5 stars Clear, current, concise!
This is the second dictionary/phrasebook I've orded and this one stands heads above the other. The background explanation of the writing system, language, and grammar are really helpful and the phrases used are current (not archaic like the other book I had). I'm really thrilled to have this in my hands--everything is falling into place now! I strongly recommend it to anyone interested in speaking Korean without formal instruction.

5-0 out of 5 stars to the point
Living in Korea, I've seen and used several phrasebooks. In most respects, one is as good as another. But this one has the best elementary explanation of Korean grammar I've ever seen in a phrasebook; if you plan to be in Korea long enough to learn a little Korean, this will be the most helpful phrasebook that I know of.

The problem is that they created their own system of romanization and a few phrases in the book are presented in it but not in Korean. That is really annoying; the phrases are completely worthless unless you want to study LP's unique romanization.

4-0 out of 5 stars Could do better
The Lonely Planet(LP) Korean phrase book contains all the things you would expect from it. Unlike other phrase books the LP book has a great introduction to the language with a brief but useful grammar section. LP phrase books always seem to be much more than just a phrase book.

However the grammar section only contains the romanisation of Korean rather than using the Korean script, Hangul. I think this would be a simple but very effective addition to the book.

Also I must say that one of the most useful and often entertaining parts of other LP phrase books I own(German and Italian) has been the "dating and romance" section. This section of the Korean book is neither useful nor entertaining. It is simply far too conservative. I assume it has been kept in line with the old confusion traditions of the country, but Korean is now a modern westernised country and far more open and liberal than in the past. It would be nice for LP to reflect this in the subject matter of their phrase book.

5-0 out of 5 stars VERY AMAZING BOOK!
I am a French teacher, teaching students French language in Seoul. As a language teacher and a resident of Seoul, this is THE best phrasebook I've ever encountered.
If you are done skimming through this book, you can get by perfectly in Korea. The romanization system in this book is different (which I like the most!) but it's more accurate than any other system, so when you read the words out from the book to Koreans, they perfectly understand you. (This was never the case with other books. They NEVER understood me.) It's thrilling that people understand me when I simply read the romanization from the book.
The grammar section and the dictionary section are what I really needed, too. It's so easy to understand and tells you the things that you really needed to know!
Lastly, the book is so solidly made that it never falls in pieces even when you abuse the book so much like I do. (I wish the book was a little thinner, though.)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good and useful
This book is quite pleasant and useful to read and browse from..
However I missed the fact that the dictionary located at the end of the pocket-sized book only shows romanized korean (written Korean using English letters) and does not show Hangeul (the Korean letters). ... Read more

5. Integrated Korean: Beginning Level 1 Textbook (KLEAR Textbooks in Korean
by Young-Mee Cho, Hyo Sang Hawaii Press Lee, Carol Schulz, Ho-Min Sohn, Sung-Ock Sohn
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Asin: 0824823427
Catlog: Book (2000-06)
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Sales Rank: 323911
Average Customer Review: 3.85 out of 5 stars
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The Beginning Level texts and workbooks are the first of a four- level series (Beginning 1 and 2, Intermediate 1 and 2, Advanced Intermediate,and Advanced) developed collaboratively by leading classroom teachers andlinguists of Korean. All series volumes have been developed in accordance withperformance-based principles and methodology-learner-centeredness,contextualization, use of authentic materials, function/task-orientedness,balance between skill getting and skill using, and integration of speaking,listening, reading, writing, and culture. Grammar points are systematicallyintroduced with simple but adequate explanations and abundant examples,exercises, and drills. Each situation/topic-based lesson of the main texts consists of two or threemodel dialogues, narration, new words and expressions, pronunciation notes,vocabulary notes, culture, grammar, task/function, and English translation ofdialogues. The workbooks provide students with extensive skill-using activitiesbased on the skills learned from the main texts. Integrated Korean is a project of the Korean Language Education and ResearchCenter (KLEAR) with the support of the Korea Foundation. In addition to thefour-level textbooks and workbooks, forthcoming volumes include instructor'smanuals, Chinese Character Studies, Korean Composition, Selected Readings inKorean, Readings in Modern Korean Literature, Korean Language in Culture andSociety, and A Dictionary of Korean Grammar and Usage. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Among the elite of Korean textbooks...
If you are reading this, you probably know that it is HARD to find a decent book by which to learn Korean. You have found it. This series, and "Elementary Korean" with the CD, are supreme. Both of these series are suitable for college use, which makes them exceptional to learn from on your own. I cannot praise either of these enough. Buy them if you wish to learn Korean. It's as simple as that.

3-0 out of 5 stars Above Average Study Material
I have made it half-way through the first book and have the second book in this series. I also have many Korean language texts and in the last 2 or 3 years we are starting to get some texts with which you stand a chance of actually learning the language. This series shows promise, especially with the depth, if you study the entire series it would seem you should be familiar with a lot of Korean. However, I prefer the series Elementary Korean and Continuing Korean by Ross King and Jae-Hoon Yeon. Their descriptions of language elements seem much more clear. Also, the Integrated Korean series seems to lack some organization. Words which are related and are introduced in the same chapter may not appear in the same section of the Vocabulary list, leaving you to search the list. Finally, this series does not come with audio CD's - the audio is available on the net but it is not nearly as convenient as a CD. It is also not the best quality (IMO). This particular book is a good text in itself, but slight disorganization and the not-so-good audio drop this from 4+ stars to 3 stars in my opinion.

5-0 out of 5 stars one more thing though.....
In my previous review I told you abt the things that were great. The only thing BAD is that according to my professors, not all of the section where they tell you how to pronounce the words (as opposed to how its spelled) is correct. But only a few examples out of each group of 15 words or so. Very minor.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great SERIES
I've already gone through this first book and the 2nd edition of the Integrated Korean series. I didn't study by myself but with a small class and found this book to be well set up with dialog, vocab, cultural notes, grammar, and accompanying tasks to do. Also has a separate workbook for each text that you can order.

The first book is more in English (roman) characters as it caters to beginners just learning but the 2nd book and onward have MUCH more hangul in it, including all the dialog which helps. BTW, all the dialog is translated at the end page of each chapter.

1-0 out of 5 stars Where's the audio?
This book comes with NO audio. NO tape. NO CD. How can you ship a beginning language book with no audio? ... Read more

6. Langenscheidt's Pocket Dictionary Korean/English English/Korean
by Langenscheidt Staff, Langenscheidt Editorial
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Average Customer Review: 3.38 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST
This is one of the best I've seen for beginner-intermediate levels for several reasons:
The dictionary offers both hangul and romanization for everything, and this is one of the better romanization schemes I've seen because it works in the morphophonological changes to match real pronunciation. I'm good at hangul and familiar with several romanizations such as Yale like what is used in linguistic publications. The romanization used in this dictionary is very good, and I recommend it for beginners.

The Korean-English section is listed in alphabetical order by romanization. Unless you're mentally challenged, it's very easy to use and words are easy to find. For example, only the unvoiced letters are found at the beginning of words: ch, k, p, t; So there aren't j, g, b, d entries.

The English-Korean section has some of the best coverage of English vocabulary found lacking in many foreign language dictionaries, such as phrasal verbs and more colloquial usage including various uses of vulgar language. For example, almost every way we can use "take" or "get" in English is described and phrasal verbs get their own entries, such as "take out (from bag, pocket) kko(naeda; stain chiuda; appendix, tooth ppopptta; word from text ppaenaeda; money from bank inch'urhada; (to dinner etc) terigo nagada; insurance policy ...e tu(lda; take it out on s.o. nuguege hwap'urihada". All the other phrasal verbs starting with "take" have similarly detailed entries. If you want to say "crash" you'll have to know that a thunder crash (chi'da), a market crash (punggoehada), a computer crash (kojangnada), and to crash when you want to sleep (chada) all have different ways to say in Korean (but you'll still have to come up with your objects to those verbs--it does effectively translate crash). This dictionary details it all out.

The vocabulary is up-to-date including words and phrases like "surf the Net".

For people who study or have studied Japanese, the Langenscheidt Japanese one has the same English entries for easy comparison between the two languages. I use both in addition to other dictionaries by Minjung Seorim. These dictionaries have been well-planned, it is too bad that many students of Korean get tunnel-vision with their dictionaries. (The Japanese version which has been planned in the same way has 5-stars). If you can learn to read Hangul, then you can read this romanization too, and both are included in the dictionary. That makes it all the better.

I hope Langenscheidt comes out with a larger, more advanced version up to par with their European language dictionaries.

3-0 out of 5 stars Great for those with no knowledge of Hangul BUT...
I bought this at a time when I had no knowledge of Hangul at all (about 2 months ago). My oh my how much things can change within 2 months (a testament to the ease of learning the Korean alphabet). This dictionary is now only used to double check pronounciation and to look for phrases in English to Korean that I can't work out or find in my preferred Korean<->English dictionary, "Minjung's Pocket English-Korean, Korean-English Dictionary".

PRO'S: Romanization makes it easy for beginners with pronounciation of Korean. Font and typeface are very well presented. English to Korean section provides well thought out translations and variants into Korean. Compact size.

CON'S: Korean section is by romanization first, bad if you are looking for a Korean word in Hangul on the quick. Doesn't cover phrase endings (-nida, -yo, etc, etc...found this the most frustrating when using this dictionary for translation work).

Overall, this is a good dictionary, don't get me wrong about that. You'll just need to supplement it with a more robust dictionary from one of the Korean publishers (Minjung or Dong-ah) to get the most out of your Korean studies.

P.S. As other's have mentioned, if you get this with the "Elementary Korean" text, they are MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE. Invest in a Korean-published dictionary if you get that text first before you get this Langenscheidt one.

3-0 out of 5 stars Any Good? Depends on what you need!
Here's how the book's organized:
The Korean section is listed alphabetically by English phonetic spelling of the Korean word. It lists single or multiple meanings and includes ways to use the word within a phrase. It also list the han-gul (Korean symbology).

The English section is alphabetized by English (of course). It also lists the phonetic pronunciation, the han-gul, and offers phrases and different usages.

Here's how it works.
The book's pretty good if you're bolstering your *English to Korean* vocabulary. Start in English, find the phonetic and han-gul spelling. If you want to, you can flip to the Korean, look it up by phonetic spelling and find related words. Cool.

It's not so hot if you want to look up a Korean word because you have to know it's English phonetic spelling. This is no easy task because different speakers have different pronounciations. Does the word start with a pa or ba, se or te, sha or cha? I had a heck of a time finding even the most common words.

It's really lousy if you know, are learning, or translating han-gul. It's not organized by Korean symbols, except for as much as they follow the phonetic spelling of the words. If you're given the han-gul, you first have to pronounce it, figure out the phonetic spelling and then hope you're pronouncing it the way the book expects you to. Yuck.

Also, if you're on the verge of bifocals be prepared for eyestrain. The English text is pretty clear, but the han-gul is tough. It's in bold-face, I suppose to make it stand out, but all it does for me is make the symbols harder to read. That being said, my young son has no trouble with it at all (the punk).

All and all, the book is a reasonable secondary source as long as you keep the limitations in mind.

One last thing. I got this dictionary with the "Elementary Korean" textbook. The combo is a *complete* waste. The textbook is in han-gul which you can't look it up in the dictionary! Don't take the combo unless you're looking for two completely different sources.

Hope this helps....

1-0 out of 5 stars ho-hum
I found this dictionary to be so disappointing considering that other Langenscheidt dictionaries are usually pretty good. I find it almost impossible to find words I need, as do all of my Korean friends (who refer to this dictionary as "trash"). When there are multiple translations of an English word, it does a poor job of explaining which is the correct one to use. Also, This dictionary is definitely not for beginners, since you can't look up any basic words.

3-0 out of 5 stars Fast lookup, but lacks some common words
When I first got this dictionary, I liked it a lot. The romanization scheme for Hangul makes it easy to look up words quickly. The romanization also helped me remember what each Hangul character sounded like. However, they made a tradeoff between accuracy of pronunciation and consistency of romanization. For example, 'ch' and 'j' are the same character in Hangul, but both are used in this dictionary, so I often have to look up both possible locations when looking up a Korean word. After a while, you can make a good guess which one is correct, but that comes with time. This is also true for Hangul 'l' and 'r'.

As far as completeness, there are a lot of words I try to look up that aren't in this dictionary (and I'm not talking about complicated words, I'm talking about words that I'm hearing from a 5 year old). 'nae-ge' is another common phrase that's not in this dictionary.

I think this dictionary could use some more common grammatical structures. I guess the best example I could come up right now off the top of my head is 'nan', which is defined in this dictionary as 'column', but later I found out was a contraction for 'na-nun'. Explanations like that would sure help out new Korean learners like me. Oh, here's another one, '-ji' (structure at the end of a Korean sentence) has no definition. that I just looked it up, neither does '-yo' or '-ni-da'. Well, that's my point.

Overall, it's a good dictionary. I'm not really sure what else is out there, but if this is the bestselling Korean dictionary on Amazon, I guess it must be pretty good. It could be that I'm expecting too much. Oh, it's also a great compact size so you can carry it around quite easy. ... Read more

7. Your First 100 Words in Korean : Beginner's Quick & Easy Guide to Demystifying Korean Script
by JaneWightwick
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Your First 100 Words in Korean removes all the intimidation from learning a language that uses a non-Roman alphabet or script. Learners are shown how to decipher and read the script while they learn 100 primary Korean words.

Detachable flash cards illustrate each word and make learning simple. Enjoyable games and puzzles--such as word searches and matching exercises--reinforce recognition and reading skills.

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3-0 out of 5 stars Good to get you started, but ignore Romanizations
This book is great to get you started with learning some of the basic words so that you can apply them to sentences later. However, like many books on Korean, the Romanization is aweful. If I did not already know the alphabet and pronouniations, I would have been been saying all the words very wrong ( is a great place to learn along with a native Korean speaker). I was always having to cover up the Romanizations on the flashcards because my native-English eye would go right to them. I also found that I stopped using the little excercies mid-way through the book and just used the flash cards.

4-0 out of 5 stars A picture is worth a thousand words.
I wish I had this book three years ago, when I first came to Korea. When I saw the profusely illustrated materials which my English students were enjoying, I felt somewhat envious.

If Montessori was right, actual objects aid in learning betters than pictures, and pictures aid in learning better than print on the page. Too bad we don't have books like this for foreign language students at all levels.

2-0 out of 5 stars Can be useful, if you have a basic understanding of Korean
This book has many errors in it.
The pronunciation for some of the letters are wrong.
("aw" is shown as "o", for example)
And even the definition of some of the words are wrong.
(the book shows the word "nan-lo" means "stove", but, really means "heater")
Don't use this book to learn how to read and write Hangul.
It can be helpful to learn vocabulary, as long as you have a friend who knows Korean to make sure you are learning the words correctly.

4-0 out of 5 stars A good beginners book.
Very good book for the begginer, not an advanced book. Very simple to follow and the flash cards are a nice feature. You will not learn Korean from this book, but it will make a good companion to begginer just to get familiar with korean words.

2-0 out of 5 stars Great idea, glaring mistakes
The format of this book is fantastic- a fun and effective way to learn some basic Korean vocabulary!
Unfortunately, there are some BASIC errors in the given pronunciations of Korean letters. If you just use this book, you will be mispronouncing some common, necessary letters.
My recommendation: Get another book, CD, website, or friend to learn to pronounce Hangul. Then use this book to ease the drudgery of memorizing vocabulary, and have make a game of finding the mistakes in it! ... Read more

8. Integrated Korean: Intermediate 1 (Klear Textbooks in Korean Language)
by Young-Mee Cho, Korean Language Education and Research Center
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Catlog: Book (2001-04-01)
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9. NTC's Compact Korean and English Dictionary
by B.J.Jones, Gene S. Rhie
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Catlog: Book (1995-01-11)
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Includes 20,000 entries with Korean words in romanized Korean and Korean characters. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Romanizing Korean is a bad habit
I second Minerva Rheault's motion: Romanizing Korean is not a good idea. However, my objection is somewhat different--any serious student of the Korean language will eventually look up items which are not in this dictionary. The sooner that student learns the Korean alphabet, the better.

Would you serve a drink to an alcoholic?
If not, then don't serve Romanization to a student of the Korean language.

2-0 out of 5 stars Too expensive and ineffective
English-Korean is all right, but the Korean-English section is terribly confusing. Since the dictionary uses hangul, why are the Korean words alphabetized according to the romanizations? For a beginning Korean student, learning the hangul alphabetical order is challenge enough. Add a seemingly erratic romanization (there is no one standard system of writing Korean words in Roman letters), and you have a very confused student! For this much money, find a dictionary that is strictly hangul without confusing romanizations.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book is great for people who want to learn Korean
I received this book the other day and in my opinion it was everything I hoped it would be. It suprised me because unlike other books it supplied with approximately 20,000 common words both in Korean and English reference. Those of you who are learning Korean or English would find this a great help.

4-0 out of 5 stars A very complete Korean-English-Korean dictionary.
I found the text to really hold up to high standards as far as having fairly clear translations, also all words are written in the Korean character set as well as the translated phonetic form. It also includes a nice summary of the transcription system to make learning easier.

2-0 out of 5 stars Romanized hangeul: YUCK! Short entries without examples.
In the process of learning seven languages I've used many dictionaries and this is the worst I've ever seen. This is a real shame because it's the only Korean-English dictionary I've seen directed towards a native English speaker learning Korean. Those directed towards Koreans completely ignore issues a native English speaker might have. The completely romanized format is very frustrating. It's fine for English to Korean, but useless if you want to look up a Korean word. Most students of Korean learn hangeul within the first week of a Korean language course, so learning romanization is just an annoying step backwards. And for those who haven't learned the very simple hangeul, why force them to learn how to romanize a Korean word they might see on a sign or in a menu when that energy would be better spent learning how to look the word up directly in hangeul. The entries themselves are so short, so devoid of examples and consideration of idiomatic meanings to be almost useless. I know this is meant to be a very basic dictionary, but it has been stripped too far. Context must be taken into particular consideration with the Korean language, because of its notoriously case specific nature. ... Read more

10. Making Out in Korean: From Everyday Conversation to the Language of Love--A Guide to Korean as it's really spoken! (Making Out (Tuttle))
by Peter Constantine, Gene Baik
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Catlog: Book (2004-04-01)
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4-0 out of 5 stars New Revised Edition!
I remember reading some reviews on this on sites before and it didnt get many good ratings because of the romanization. I agree, romanization in this book (in ALL korean books) is absolutely horrible and you should steer clear of. However, the new revised edition has hangul in it as well...So, the book has a lot of good stuff in it which has now become accessable due to having hangul. Without hangul, the book is no good. With it, it becomes a nice book for someone wanting to learn what you will not learn in other text books, slang and concepts that are more inappropriate for most textbooks to have in them.

5-0 out of 5 stars Revised edition is better
To address comments below, the revised 2004 edition includes more idioms with the same categories, but MOST importantly includes the phrases in Hangeul, which was a major shortcoming of the first edition. The romanization is different - 2000 official Revised Romanization of Korean is used along with a rough pronunciation. Even if you have the first edition, you should get a copy of the revised edition!

1-0 out of 5 stars Good Idea, Poor Execution
The romanization in this book is virtually incomprehensible. A better, more consistant romanization would great. Hangul for those who know it would be even better. As it is, some native speakers I showed this to had a hard time figuring out what some of the stuff is. The poor choice of Korean notation makes this book nearly useless for figuring out many words and hence only 1 star. More comprehensive notes on terms would be great too instead of mainly a massive vocab list that likely has many errors and misses many nuances.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent for teaching!
This has more of the more up-to-date slangs present in Korea! It also includes many of the words that have double meanings, just as we do in English. Many dictionaries don't carry the alternative meanings that is used now, so this book really helps both English and Korean speakers who can pronounce the words correctly. Finally! I was able to use it extensively to communicate with many of my students and on my trips to Korea, and my younger cousins were able to use it to communicate back with me and others. This is the beginning of a great slang library!

3-0 out of 5 stars useful phrases; poor romanization
Overall this book includes a wide variety of up-to-date expressions and slang. I had heard many of the phrases in Korea, but until reading this book I didn't know what they meant, proof that this book is just as useful for advanced students as well as for pure beginners. My main gripe is with romanization. For example, Korean has an "uh" sound and an "oh" sound; in this book they are all written the same way. Also, the author has no knowledge of Korean grammar (e.g. he says "mashida" literally means "liquid"), which gives me less confidence to use phrases I have never heard before. ... Read more

11. College Korean
by Michael C. Rogers, Clare You, Kyungnyun K. Richards
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Catlog: Book (1992-06-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.07 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book to help learn Korean
This is one of a couple books I have been learning to use Korean. Very well laid out, concise and to the point.

I would recommend it to anyone wanting to learn Korean. Make sure you use this book in conjunction with audio tapes or something else that lets you hear the words.

3-0 out of 5 stars An okay book
College Korean was an okay book if you are taking a class and the book is assigned to you. However, because all of the words passed the first lesson are in Korean so, it makes it inconvienent for self study

2-0 out of 5 stars As a college student...
I found this book difficult to understand if you don't already have a basic knowledge of Korean. A lot of the pronunciations that were spelled out phonetically are incorrect if said without some experience in the sound of Korean. I found the grammar explanations incredibly confusing and was incredibly annoyed that the directions for the exercises were not in English after the second lesson and often new vocabulary that was not listed in the beginning of the lesson was randomly thrown into the dialogue. In addition, the lessons taught have nothing to do with what would normally be spoken of during conversation. Unless you normally speak of the classes you're taking, how interesting they are, and how different the weather is during the four seasons in Korea, I'd strongly recommend seeking another book.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not exactly for Self Study
I got this book to teach myself Korean. I was somewhat disappointed. I expected to find answers to the sample problems at the end. I found none. I wanted some explanation of why some things were this way or that. I found a straight assertion that things were just like that, but sometimes different...the end. Very frustrating. You can generally make out the answer to the exercises because it is very good about making sure all the words used are ones you already know from the chapters, but you can't be 100% positive you got it right.

This looks like a book that would be good in a Korean class, where you can get explanations of things in more depth, but for self-study, I'd avoid.

5-0 out of 5 stars Finally a book that an English thinker can understand
I've been married to a Korean lady for 18 years now, and lived in Korea for 4 1/2 years. I've had numerous Korean teachers. From my wife, I had learned the alphabet, and over the years had developed a pretty good vocabulary, but one thing has always been missing in my attempts to learn Korean: Someone who understands thinking in English, and so understands how the structure of the Korean language has no equivalent in English, and so becomes practically nonsensical to a native English thinker - even though he may understand all the words.

This book is the first book I have found that approaches the Korean language from the perspective of someone who can think in English. For the first time, things that give us problems (Like construction of complex and compound sentences, the difference in the use of different conjunctions that are nearly the same, and translate to the same word in English, complex comparison sentences,etc.) are explained and taught in such a way that the rules make sense to me.

I am finding that FINALLY - after 18 years of trying, and after years of being able to understand most of what was spoken to me, but never being able to answer back with more than just childish sentences - FINALLY, I am breaking through the barriers in my understanding and becoming able to read more complex material, speak maturely with my elders in church, write material above a childish reading level, etc.

The only thing I could possibly find to criticize the book on is the explanation of pronunciation. I know there is a lot of discussion about how to transliterate the pronunciation (And pronunciation actually varies quite a bit from Seoul to Pusan), but the rules of characters such as ¤¸,¤µ, ¤©, and ¤¡ are just not quite what I normally hear - maybe they cannot be explained without hearing the language from a native speaker.

Still, it is a very good book for someone who thinks in English to help them to a point where hopefully they can actually think in Korean. A helpful Korean speaking friend will probably be all the additional help you will need. ... Read more

12. Integrated Korean: Intermediate 2 (Klear Textbooks in Korean Language)
by Young-Mee Cho, Hyo Sang Lee, Carol Schulz, Ho-Min Sohn, Sung-Ock Sohn
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Catlog: Book (2001-06-01)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Best Korean Text Series on the Market
If you are reading this you are probably aware that good Korean texts are hard to find. Of the Korean learning materials out there I have sampled including the Korean Through English series, College Korean, FSI Tape set & book, and books published by Korean unversities not available in the US, the Integrated Korean series is by far the best. The Integrated Korean series stays away from using the arcane linguistic terminology of College Korean, avoids the oversimplification of KTE, and presents much more natural Korean usage than the textbooks published by Korean universities(including SNU, Yonsei, and Korea U). The grammatical explanations are great, the vocabulary is useful, and the cultural notes are also interesting and pertinent. Audio files for the dialogues are also available online for free on the U of Hawaii publishing webpage. ... Read more

13. Active Korean
by Namgui Chang, Yongchol Kim
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5-0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended
Annyeonghaseyo! For those learning Korean, I think this is one of the great books out there. It has an easy-to-use explanation of Korean phonology (sounds) with a chart in McCune-Reischauer (McR), IPA, Han'geul, and plain English approximations. McR Romanization IS used in the book, but only as a crutch alongside Han'geul for about the first half of the lessons. The lessons themselves start off with several brief dialogs and vocabulary lists. Charts and grammatical notes are there to make things more understandable. Maps and newspapers are also used as learning aids. Like Japanese, Korean verbs and some nouns change to reflect politeness.. In this book, you'll learn a variety of politeness forms and intimacy levels. Sample newspapers and articles are used to give an idea of Korean in "the real world." A small dictionary and the answer key can be found at the end. The authors did a good job in their previous book, Functional Korean, so you won't be disappointed with this!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great independent study book.
This book, "Active Korean," is really good. I picked it up in Korea after buying a half dozen other Korean study books. This one is by far the best I have seen. The layout is great, the chapters provide plenty of reading comprehension and this book shines in the exercises that it provides. The only disappointments that I have about the book are the lack of cassettes for listening comprehension and the sometimes out-dated vocab. This book is truly good. My Korean teacher switched to this book after I showed it to her. You really can learn Korean with this book. ... Read more

14. Continuing Korean
by Ross King, Jaehoon Yeon, Insun Lee
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Catlog: Book (2002-08-01)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Good and Bad Points
This was my second book on the Korean Language and I am almost finished with it. The first book I had was Teach Yourself Korean- avoid that book if possible folks! It concentrates on romanized Korean. Do yourself a favor...LEARN HANGUL! Anyhow, I found Beginning Korean an easy read (for a Korean grammar book that is). I do not like how the book is laid out, however. The first two chapters are strictly about memorizing a huge list of phrases and expressions. This can be extremely boring to a newcomer to the language. Furthermore, at the beginning you have no idea how these phrases are constructed. My advice is to start at chapter 3 and go back to chapters 1 and 2 when you finish chapter 5 and 6. This way, you'll at least be able to intuit some of the grammatical structure.
One more note on the layout. They wait until, I believe chapter 14 (don't quote me on this), to cover the future tense particles. When I finished chapter 9, which has the past tense, I jumped ahead to learn the future tense. This worked out fine.
There is a TON of vocab in this book (about 1000 items in all). I have not even come close to memorizing them all. However, the book is laid out in such a way that if you memorize the items in chapters 5, 6 and 7, you can understand the grammatical explanations throughout the rest of the book- which is nice.
The CD-rom is OK, maybe a bit fast. Also, I wish they had spoken all of the vocab items on the CD. They only do this for chapter 5, and from there on its just example sentences and dialogs. On an up note, my Korean friends say that the language is relevant and not too archaic.
There is also very little, if any, discussion of the intimate form of verbs. I have found that I use this form most when speaking to friends and loved ones in Korean. The upside to this, is that this book, unlike most Korean textbooks, doesn't spend too much time on the ultra-formal "-hamnida" stuff. I have found that the -yo forms and -aseyo type forms are more than sufficient for daily use.
Anyhow, get this book, its good.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Sequel
Very challenging sequel to the Elementary Korean book. This one seems a bit more difficult(as it should be as the material becomes more advanced)......but my Korean friends say the lessons are gramatically accurate and useful. As with the first one, a ton of useful vocabulary and many exercises (with answers in the back of the book).... ... Read more

15. Handbook of Korean Vocabulary: An Approach to Word Recognition and Comprehension
by Miho Choo
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Catlog: Book (1996-02-01)
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4-0 out of 5 stars comprehensive and useful resource
This book is comprehensive; it is comprised of both native Korean roots and lists of Sino-Korean words organized by character and alphabetized according to Korean pronunciation. Sino-Korean word lists for each character include both words in which the character appears first and words in which the character appears last. For example, the entry under "dae" meaning "big," includes "daehakyo" (university) and "hwakdae" (enlarge).

The long vocabulary lists would overwhelm the beginning learner; the text is more appropriate for intermediate and advanced learners who wish to build vocabulary through studying word roots.

If you want to learn how to write the Chinese characters provided for the listed compounds, you'll need a magnifying glass as the print is so small.

5-0 out of 5 stars For somebody who wants to really learn
This book can't be used like a dictionary or a textbook in the traditional sense. The secret to learning Korean is learning how to think in Korean. This book gives some really good common vocabulary by their Chinese (and some pure Korean) roots. It's great for learning Chinese roots as well as associated words. I've never seen a book like this and highly recommend it. It's a great vocabulary builder.

But it is for people who are serious about learning Korean and won't do a casual studier any good. Also, unless you already have a solid grasp on grammar and the language, this book needs to be used in conjunction with other resources.

5-0 out of 5 stars very interesting and a well done job
this book is different from most other books so dont expect it to meet all of your demands if you are not deeply dedicated to learn such a remarkable and different language.

2-0 out of 5 stars glorified korean-english dictionary
This book is nothing more than a glorified korean-english dictionary. It was a bit disappointing since I was expecting more of a textbook-like style.

5-0 out of 5 stars Invaluable resource for students of Korean
This is simply the most useful resource book I have come across in learning Korean. It's especially useful if you don't know the hancha (Chinese characters) as it groups Korean words according to their Hancha origins, so you can see how different words connect without having to learn the characters. It really helps to provide a structure and logic to the language, which otherwise seems very confusing to the Western student.
I would recommend this book to anyone who already has a good understanding of basic Korean grammar and vocabulary. It will help consolidate what you already know and will really speed up the expansion of your vocabulary and your understanding of Korean generally. ... Read more

16. Korean Through English (3 Volume Set, Books & Cassettes)
by Seoul National University Language Research Institute Staff
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1-0 out of 5 stars Tapes are BAD--DON'T BUY
I bought the tapes to listen to while I drive and they have more English than Korean and the dialogs are strange. The speakers' accents unclear. There is information that I've never heard Koreans speak of.
The cultural "information" given is outdated by at least 8 years.
I read the first book years ago and know it well.
I bought this one for the tapes.
50% of the dialogs are done again for "practice".
This is completely different from Spanish tapes I bought and also the ones I used at the university

2-0 out of 5 stars Fair books, awful tapes
This series may be o.k. for a class, but not for an individual effort. I've experienced four Korean language book/tape set (Francis Park's "Speaking Korean," "Colloquial Korean," and the series published by Yonsei were the others). Comparatively, the dialogue content and vocab are decent. The tapes, however, are horrid. On numerous occasions, the pauses for student participation in the dialogues are about half the length of time that would be necessary for a fluent native speaker talking at top speed (literally). In addition, MANY grammar points introduced in the dialogues were not covered in the books OR on the tapes. And lastly, the little extras that seemed to give the series potential when I perused the books at the store (the songs, maps, and pictures) received no mention in the books or on the tapes -- why did they bother to include them? One last note: check to make sure your book has all the chapters -- my first copy of volume three was missing chapters 7-11.

In conclusion, you can learn Korean with this series, but why bother when the tapes are worthless and you'll spend so much time looking things up in other books anyway? ... Read more

17. Essence English-Korean Dictionary: Deluxe
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Asin: 156591127X
Catlog: Book (1997-10-01)
Publisher: Hollym Intl
Sales Rank: 436603
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Preface to the 9th Edition (2003)

The Essence English-Korean Dictionary along with its companion volume, the Essence Korean-English Dictionary, was chosen as the best in quality and most comprehensive in scope for English speaking people to be published in the United States of America. These dictionaries have enjoyed such a superior reception in Korea, it would be fair to say that almost everyone in Korea has grown up with them. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Hongul is fun!
Like the first review says, if you learn the Hongul alphabet(and I assure you it is easy), then you can read the language and you can speak in no time. If you want a dictionary that says it all and is concise down to the most difficult words and thoughts, then buy this dictionary. When you have been in Korea and know what the culture is like and try like hell to fit in by using the language, you can't go wrong with this dictionary. Jin-chao!

5-0 out of 5 stars EVERYTHING I EXPECTED!

18. Selected Readings in Korean (Klear Textbooks in a Foreign Language)
by Ho-Min Sohn, Heisoon Yang, HYE-SUN YANG
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Asin: 0824826914
Catlog: Book (2003-12-01)
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Sales Rank: 1302223
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The first advanced Korean reading text for non-native speakers, Selected Readings in Korean consists of eighteen lessons on diverse, stimulating topics such as Korean traditions, culture, and society. It is designed for use by students who have completed the fourth-year-level in Korean (approximately five hundred class hours) or the equivalent.

Each lesson consists of six sections: pre-reading group activities, which not only serve as a schema for efficient comprehension of the reading text to follow, but also help students broaden their relevant knowledge; an authentic main reading text on an informative and interesting topic; explanations in Korean and English of words that may be unfamiliar to students, including words indicating abstract or culture-specific concepts; explanations of idiomatic expressions; extensive exercises intended to help students master the contents of the text, new vocabulary, and grammar while improving their composition and oral presentation skills; and post-reading activities designed to further thinking and group discussion on subjects related to the main topic of the lesson.

Appended are translations of the main reading texts of all eighteen lessons and a Korean-English glossary. Overall, special effort has been made to render the volume learner-centered and learner-friendly. ... Read more

19. Intermediate College Korean
by Clare You, Eunsu Cho
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Asin: 0520222954
Catlog: Book (2001-11-05)
Publisher: University of California Press
Sales Rank: 205125
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This companion volume to College Korean (California, 1992) enablesstudents to continue their development of Korean language skills and to enrichtheir understanding of Korea. Because language is a fundamental component ofculture, the text incorporates themes relating to Korea's cultural customs andsocial issues, presented in the form of dialogues, anecdotes, short essays, andpoems. Also included are themes tied to the country's physical geography,including major cities, islands, and historical sites. Each lesson consists of a situation dialogue, core vocabulary, idiomaticexpressions, grammar, and exercises on reading and listening comprehension. Thevocabulary uses adult-level words from the media and professional worlds andranges from computer terms to martial arts. Unlike other Korean language texts,Intermediate College Korean goes well beyond everyday survival skills and offersstudents a much wider exposure to both the language and culture of Korea. A reference section includes an index to patterns and grammar notes, aglossary, spelling tips, a list of connectives, and irregular verb charts. ... Read more

20. Minjung's Pocket English-Korean & Korean-English Dictioanry
by Minjungsearims Editorial Staff
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Asin: 0930878027
Catlog: Book (2003-03-01)
Publisher: Hollym International Corporation
Sales Rank: 121597
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars This is a dictionary for the native Korean learning English
I ordered this from a recommendation that it was one of the best EK/KE dictionaries. Yes, good for a Korean student in an ESL class. Not geared for beginners in the Korean language unless you are in an intermediate-advanced Korean class. The table of contents, introduction, appendices, and support tables are all in hangul. Also, says this book has a hardcover when in fact it is paperback with a rubberized cover.

5-0 out of 5 stars Handy and value
This two combined into one volume has Englsih-Korean and Korean-English dictionaries in one. Very handy format yet it is comprehensive enough to use for serious Korean language study.
Recommended for all Korean language students. ... Read more

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