Learn Korean with The Pimsleur Method

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It’s now possible to speak and understand a foreign language effortlessly. The world-famous Pimsleur Method™ combines well-established research, most-useful vocabulary and a completely intuitive process to get you speaking right from the first day. All Pimsleur® courses feature real-world context and flexible vocabulary enabling you to learn your new language in a fluid, natural way. It’s the simplest way to start speaking a new language today.

Korean is the official language of both North and South Korea. It’s also spoken in neighboring Yanbian, China. Some 72 million speak Korean. There are 2 standard dialects: Seoul (South Korea) and P'yongyang (North Korea). Pimsleur's Korean teaches the Seoul dialect. Learn Korean today with Pimsleur. READ MORE »

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PimsleurKorean Phase 1, Units 1-30
 
4.3

(based on 11 reviews)

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Pros

  • Easy to use (10)
  • It works (9)
  • Portable (6)
  • Fun (5)
  • Perfects accent (4)

Cons

  • No writing component (3)

Best Uses

  • Self-improvement (10)
  • Travel (8)
  • Fun (7)
  • Business/work (6)
  • Family background/heritage (3)
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    • Traveler (7), Business person (4), Student (3)

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4.0

A well-thought -out language program

By Earnest Learner

from Lincoln City, OR

About Me Traveler

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Just for fun
    • Self-improvement
    • Travel

    Comments about Korean Phase 1, Units 1-30:

    The lessons are a good length, not overwhelming. I like being able to study for a few minutes at a time, or at length. Responding to the native speakers forces me to think in Korean, and I enjoy hearing the rhythm of speech, not just random words. I appreciate the narrator's explanations about word usage and culture. Very informative! One difficulty I have is distinguishing sounds because I cannot see the speaker's mouth ( of course!). I hope to continue with the advanced lessons, and perhaps try another language this way. Worth the money!

    Service and delivery comments:

    I don't think anything is missing, except the visual of the speakers' mouths. Otherwise, I am happy with it.

     
    4.0

    Good Korean communication introduction

    By Jonathan the Expat

    from Seoul, South Korea

    About Me Business person

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • It Works

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Business/Work
      • Travel

      Comments about Korean Phase 1, Units 1-30:

      After 1.5 years of pounding my head into the wall taking 4 hours of Korean class per week, I decided to experiment with a new approach and splurged on this package. I am about halfway through the lessons now and happy with my investment. The lessons build logically on each other and allow you to handle some basic situations in Korean life, something which typical Korean class does not handle all that well! I like the learning approach -- by repeating common phrases I feel I am becoming far more comfortable with them and able to recall in my memory more easily. The program teaches you to speak in a very formal tense which isn't used in many situations, I think, but better safe than sorry.

      Korean is a very difficult language for native English speakers and one cannot expect to more than graze the surface with this program, but I think it is worthwhile for anyone about to spend extended time on the Korean peninsula. I wish I had known about this course earlier.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Pimsleur was the right choice

      By TaiChi1

      from Columbia, SC

      About Me Retired Military

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to use
      • It Works

      Cons

      • No writing component

      Best Uses

      • Self-improvement
      • Travel

      Comments about Korean Phase 1, Units 1-30:

      Was amazed by how much I learned from the FREE lesson so I had to keep going. Best language purchase I've ever made. Use it daily and continue to progress at my own pace. A lesson a day can be done, but I prefer to spend a few days on each one to increase my ability to recall info quickly. At thiis rate I will complete Korean Part I in about 3 mos (ten lessons each month and the complete course in 6 months). I am very pleased with my ability to listen and understand what is being said, too. I am no longer glued to subtitles while watching Korean dramas. Who knew it could be this simple? It would be great if there was a PDF companion with (at the very least) the info in Hangul. It would speed pronunciation and eliminate mistakes. But even without it, the course is a great buy!

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Maybe the only way to learn on your own

      By ArtInvent

      from Pasadena CA

      About Me Traveler

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • No writing component

      Best Uses

      • Business/Work
      • Family background/Heritage
      • Self-improvement
      • Travel

      Comments about Korean Phase 1, Units 1-30:

      My wife of 7 years is Korean, we live in California. There are lots of Koreans here, but I have struggled to learn at all. She is not a good language teacher. I don't have time for classes and needed a good self-study course.

      I have found the Pimsleur method very effective. In fact I think that it may actually be the only way to begin to truly learn a language in self-study. You can't learn a new language from a book, and the computer based courses I've seen, though expensive and elaborate, are surprisingly ineffective.

      I have finished Level I Korean and have just bought and downloaded Level 2 on mp3. I had to rip all the CD's on L1 to mp3 so this was cost effective and easier and they let you download actual mp3's with pdf's in a zip file - perfect for me. I like the fact that I can exercise or do kind of repetitive tasks and still listen and respond. I don't have to sit in front of a book or a computer. It's a lot more natural and almost fun this way.

      I try to listen to at least one lesson every day. Usually I listen to the previous day's lesson, and then the new one. I will probably end up listening to each lesson a total of at least 5 times.

      Pimsleur marketing makes some weird claims. You can't learn a language in 10 days. You could conceivably get through Level I in a month, but probably 2 months is realistic. At that point you will have a good foundation in certain things, good pronunciation, be able to introduce yourself and have a basic conversation about your family, your travel plans, eating, directions etc. It's rather rudimentary but as I say, a good solid foundation.

      Now remember that this is all conversational and that is only one aspect of learning a language. There is a short section on reading, but very short. Korean has a completely different script and takes a lot of effort to learn, so this is really just a cursory basic lesson.

      Also know that Korean grammar and sentence structure could hardly be more different from English, and Pimsleur doesn't explain grammar in an explicit way. You will have a kind of intuitive knowledge of grammar but really it is necessary to have a little book learning or something more formal to really understand the grammar. What exactly does 'seumnida' and 'hamnida' mean? You will have to look this up elsewhere.

      I took another commenter's advice and bought the book Beginner's Korean by Jeyseon Lee. It is a good but not great book, and it is not organized to match the Pimsleur course. But it should help with grammar, with reading and writing, and with expanding vocabulary.

      There are lots of methods and books and courses to try and learn a language. Most of them are kind of a waste of time. Pimsleur is not a waste of time.

      Service and delivery comments:

      Pimsleur is purely a basic conversation course. As good as it is, it would be much better if it were part of a complete language course that included reading, writing, grammar. As a student I had a lot of trouble understanding sentence structure, and words and endings that don't really 'mean' something but are rather grammatical indicators and tenses.

      You can buy decent beginning Korean books but it would be much better if Pimsleur had such a book that matched the structure and pace of the conversational course.

      Some people learn very effectively through just hearing, while a lot of other people are visual learners. I think the Pimsleur theory assumes everyone is an aural learner, and so completely relies on the audio lessons. Personally, seeing a word written down helps me remember it. Since writing a language is also pretty essential, I think Pimsleur would be well served by trying to integrate written lessons more with their excellent audio method.

      Also obviously I would like to see at least a Level 3 in Korean.

       
      5.0

      Great Tool for Conversational Korean

      By Pasamak

      from Michigan

      About Me Business person, Traveler

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to use
      • It Works
      • Portable

      Cons

      • Too Fast

      Best Uses

      • Business/Work
      • Just for fun
      • Self-improvement
      • Travel

      Comments about Korean Phase 1, Units 1-30:

      Digital Korean is portable with me everywhere on my Android phone. Great that they do not let me get lazy forget previous lessons. I am already preparing my budget to buy Phase II.

      Service and delivery comments:

      Life essential scenario vocabulary should be integrated into existing first couple of units. Knowing the word for hotel is nice, knowing the word for hospital is essential. Knowing the words for for adult beverages is nice, knowing how to warn the waiter that my child has peanut or shellfish allergies is essential.

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