Korean, Conversational

Korean, Conversational

Learn to Speak and Understand Korean with Pimsleur Language Programs
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  • Lessons: 16
  • ISBN: 9780743551205
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Description

Includes 16 lessons on 8 CDs

Korean is the official language of both North and South Korea. ItÕs also spoken in neighboring Yanbian, China. Some 72 million speak Korean. There are two standard dialects, Seoul (South Korea) and P'yongyang (North Korea). Pimsleur's Korean teaches the Seoul dialect of South Korea.

Korean, Conversational

  • Sixteen 30-minute lessons of spoken Korean language instruction. These sixteen lessons are the same as the first sixteen lesson of Pimsleur's 30-Unit Comprehensive Program.
  • Each lesson includes an introductory conversation, and new vocabulary and structures and includes practice for vocabulary introduced in previous lessons.
  • Essential grammar and vocabulary. Topics include: greetings, numbers, meals, shopping, telling time, scheduling activities, and asking and giving directions.
  • No mindless repetition! Converse with native speakers in natural (and useful!) conversations.
  • Easy, fast, fun and effective language acquisition.
  • Completely Audio - anytime, anywhere. No computer necessary! Unlike expensive software programs which tie learners to a computer, Pimsleur courses are available in CD or mp3 format to meet your needs.
Pimsleur® equals success. Just one 30-minute lesson a day gets you speaking and understanding like no other program.

Description

Includes 16 lessons on 8 CDs

Korean is the official language of both North and South Korea. ItÕs also spoken in neighboring Yanbian, China. Some 72 million speak Korean. There are two standard dialects, Seoul (South Korea) and P'yongyang (North Korea). Pimsleur's Korean teaches the Seoul dialect of South Korea.

Korean, Conversational

  • Sixteen 30-minute lessons of spoken Korean language instruction. These sixteen lessons are the same as the first sixteen lesson of Pimsleur's 30-Unit Comprehensive Program.
  • Each lesson includes an introductory conversation, and new vocabulary and structures and includes practice for vocabulary introduced in previous lessons.
  • Essential grammar and vocabulary. Topics include: greetings, numbers, meals, shopping, telling time, scheduling activities, and asking and giving directions.
  • No mindless repetition! Converse with native speakers in natural (and useful!) conversations.
  • Easy, fast, fun and effective language acquisition.
  • Completely Audio - anytime, anywhere. No computer necessary! Unlike expensive software programs which tie learners to a computer, Pimsleur courses are available in CD or mp3 format to meet your needs.
Pimsleur® equals success. Just one 30-minute lesson a day gets you speaking and understanding like no other program.

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4.0

(based on 5 reviews)

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Pros

  • Portable (4)
  • Easy to use (3)
  • Fun (3)
  • It works (3)
  • Perfects accent (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Self-improvement (4)
    • Travel (4)
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    2.0

    Difficult to follow

    By Language struggles

    from Chicago

    About Me Traveler

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

      • No writing component
      • Too Fast

      Best Uses

      • Family background/Heritage

      Comments about Korean, Conversational:

      So I bought Korean 1-16. Previously had used pimsleur for a trip to Russia and loved it maybe because I had taken Russian years ago in high school it came back to me. This Korean version is much more difficult due to a few things. Hard to determine if they are saying m or n and other consonants as well. In addition much reference to using respectful endings for your elders. Since I am probably an elder myself doubt I need this. Also the female pronounces the words differently than the male.. I have listened to the first 4 tapes a dozen times. Still not sure whether I am pronouncing words correctly. Not an easy language and maybe less easy if you don't know the basic alphabet...

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent basic program

      By Ginger, the language learner

      from Oklahoma City OK

      About Me Traveler

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to use
      • Fun
      • It Works
      • Perfects Accent
      • Portable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Self-improvement
        • Travel

        Comments about Korean, Conversational:

        Korean is my sixth language program from Pimsleur. It may be the most difficlut language I have tackled so far. Although Mandarin had its moments. I like this method because: 1) I can listen to it and practice in my car; 2) it starts with the words and phrases I really need to know first; 3) it uses male and female native speakers; 4) it is reasonably priced for what it offers.
        My goal is to be able to greet, ask questions, be polite, order food, etc. when I am visiting another country. It is not my desire to learn to read and write, and have a full vocabulary in each language. Pimsleur is perfect for my needs. The only drawback for me, it that it teaches me the same basic vocabulary in every language. Sometimes I get them mixed up, but I can live with that. What I do not want to do is expect everyone in the country i am visiting to speak English.

        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I am now able to understand much more!

        By Paul

        from Switzerland

        About Me Student

        Pros

        • Easy to use
        • Fun
        • It Works
        • More Please
        • Perfects Accent
        • Portable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Business/Work
          • Family background/Heritage
          • Just for fun
          • Self-improvement
          • Travel

          Comments about Korean, Conversational:

          I had already selfstudyied Korean for 4 months before I listened to the first 16 lessons of Pimsleur Korean. Because I was already familiar with thevocabulary I actually was able to do 3-4 lessons per day. The lessons
          really helped greatly with my pronunciation and feel for the language. Before Pimsleur I was only able to stutter certain phrases and after saying them I wasn't even sure if they were correct. One more thing is, the remembering vocabulary was very easy. I also don't agree with other reviews saying that the female speaker was hard to understand. I think she sounds very natural.
          I definitely recommend Pimsleur to anyone. And for the next language I will buy Pimsleur before any other course because it truly is great.
          I hope Pimsleur will release a Korean III course soon.
          I apologize about any spelling mistakes I might have made. English is not my native language.

           
          4.0

          I like the conversational Korean CD's.

          By IndyNoona

          from Indianapolis, IN

          About Me Traveler

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to use
          • It Works
          • Portable

          Cons

          • Too Fast

          Best Uses

          • Self-improvement
          • Travel

          Comments about Korean, Conversational:

          I listen to the CD's in the car driving to/from work. I like the speakers' voices. After listening to these CD's for months, I feel like they are my friends! I wish there was an accompanying book to go with it that had the phrases. Also I would like to see photos of the speakers so I know what they look like!

          (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          A decent introduction but...

          By RBuie

          from Korea

          About Me Business person, Government employee, Student, Traveler

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Fun
          • Perfects Accent
          • Portable

          Cons

          • Insufficient for basics

          Best Uses

          • Self-improvement
          • Travel

          Comments about Korean, Conversational:

          I believe of all of the tools I have used, Pimsleur's audiolingual approach did the most for speeding my progress in language acquasition. I proceeded methodically as part of a larger regeme of study that includes text books, immersion (I was in Korea at the time) and practice with teachers and learners. I used the product as instructed an average of 5 times per week (1 lesson per day most days of the month) and after finishing phase 1, repeated select lessons. After that I randomly sampled lessons to test and review.

          I enjoyed the perspective that Pimsleur's Korean gave me of the language, as it was different from other formal learning sources. I do not think it was particularly common language though, as in you will rarely hear the phrases presented (this is true of most formal sources for learners.) However, if you speak like instructed you will be understood and sound quite normal and appropriet (if not a bit stiff.) The language style used assumes that you are middle aged, not at the bottom or top of the given social situation, and not confronting someone whom you are supposed to show special difference or derrision towards. Which is a good assumption for the customer base ( western foreigners on business or pleasure.)

          Phase 1 was quite good and I spent 6 weeks on it. Phase 2 was much less so and took much longer for me. Unlike Phase 1, in phase 2 I found the pace and emphasis of content to be highly irregular. Varying wildly between too easy and too challenging and lacking the high levels of recall and repition that made phase 1 so effective.

          Also, wheras P1 had supurb audio quality that quickly put my listening skills above my peers, P2 has poor audio quality that becomes an additional obsticle to an already intensive procedure of constant listening and recall.

          I would suggeset this, or a similar method to anyone studying the language and not already speaking with confidence and an appropriet accent. However, alone, it certainly is not enough, even if you wish to tour have bare bones ability. A lot of important concepts of how to weild the language are not communicated well enough to give the learner any ability at it. However, it does bring to life the basics in a way that is unique, authentic, easy to follow and can be performed by anyone. Combined with other methods of study, I believe practicing with Pimsleur will improve anyone's performance, but alone it will be nearly impossible to understand what people are saying, or even what you are saying (highly analytical thinkers with superior memory recall may be able to piece together near complete grammer and particle use just from pimsleur, which actually does provide well crafted changes into the examples, but they are not diverse nor frequent enough for most people who will not properly note and re think over the differences.)

          Probably the greatest benefit I found was that within the first two weeks of studying with pimsleur I was confident in pronunciation, timing, and in hearing these things in others. I noted that I could much more accurately spell something simply by hearing it. That is, pimsleur gave me hours of focused and intense practice with content that I was only slightly or not at all familiar with, and helped me put it together at a deep level. By the end of P2 my confidence and ease in speaking was quite high, almost as high as it is in english. Although I had less I could say in Korean, the bit that I did know came out quickly and naturally, without much thought on my part. Even a year into my studies my ease in speaking and listening is superior to my learning peers, even compared to those with larger vocabularies. I believe that this is in a large part due to the unique style of intense practice provided by Pimsleur.

          I recommend this to any learner who is still in the begginner to begginer intermmediate stage, and/or does not have a large breadth of listening and replying to native Korean speakers. As long as you are not on a shoe string budget. Anyone paying for college classes or other software should invest in this as well.

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