Colloquial Korean: The Complete Course for Beginners

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Routledge, 2010 - Foreign Language Study - 308 pages
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Colloquial Korean provides a step-by-step course in Korean as it is written and spoken today. Combining a user-friendly approach with a thorough treatment of the language, it equips learners with the essential skills needed to communicate confidently and effectively in Korean in a broad range of situations. No prior knowledge of the language is required.

Key features include:

• progressive coverage of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills

• structured, jargon-free explanations of grammar

• an extensive range of focused and stimulating exercises

• realistic and entertaining dialogues covering a broad variety of scenarios

• useful vocabulary lists throughout the text

• additional resources available at the back of the book, including a full answer key, a grammar summary and bilingual glossaries

Balanced, comprehensive and rewarding, Colloquial Korean will be an indispensable resource both for independent learners and students taking courses in Korean.

Course components:

The complete course comprises the book and audio materials. These are available to purchase separately in paperback, ebook, CD and MP3 format. The paperback and CDs can also be purchased together in the great-value Colloquials pack.

Paperback: 978-0-415-44478-1 (please note this does not include the audio)

CDs : 978-0-415-44479-8

eBook: 978-0-203-88960-2 (please note this does not include the audio, available from

MP3s: 978-0-415-47079-7 (available from

Pack : 978-0-415-77446-8 (paperback and CDs)

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This book takes incompetence to a new level.
From the start, the person who explains the pronunciation of the Korean sounds seems to have little idea of how English is pronounced.
What is printed
in the vocabulary for each lesson, is often different from what is read out.
Grammar points are badly, if at all, explained.
Translation exercises are given expecting you to know words that have not yet been given.
In Lesson 2 Dialogue 2, the voice for Mr. Kang suddenly becomes the voice for Mr. Kim, and vice versa. Could they not even read the script properly?
And apparently, this book has been reprinted 5 times!
The Colloquial series used to be good, but there has been a marked change of direction.

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About the author (2010)

Danielle Ooyoung is Assistant Professor in Korean Language and Culture at Ohio State University. In-Seok Kim is Professor of ESL and Applied linguistics at Dongduk Women's University, Seoul, Korea.

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