Korean Language Books, Audio CDs for Self Study, Textbooks
1. Teach Yourself Korean: Complete Audio CD Program by Mark Vincent, Jaehoon Yeon, Paperback: 287 pages with CD, Publisher: McGraw-Hill
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; Self-assessment quizzes to test progress; Bilingual glossary.
2. Elementary Korean (Tuttle Language Library) by Ross, Ph.D. King, Jae-Hoon, Ph.D. Yeon, CD & Book, Hardcover: 409 pages Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
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 is competence in spoken Korean through a streamlined introduction to the fundamental patterns of the language. Based on the ACTFL Proficiency guidelines, this book will provides students with an Intermediate-Low to Intermediate-Mid proficiency level. Reading passages enhance the lessons.
3. Lonely Planet Korean Phrasebook (Lonely Planet Korean Phrasebook) by Minkyoung Kim, J. D. Hilts, Paperback: 304 pages, Publisher: Lonely Planet
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. Contains: 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.
4. Integrated Korean: Beginning Level 1 Textbook (KLEAR Textbooks in Korean by Hyo Sang Hawaii Press Lee, Carol Schulz; Textbook Binding: 352 pages, Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
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 and linguists of Korean. All series volumes have been developed in accordance with performance-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 systematically introduced with simple but adequate explanations and abundant examples, exercises, and drills. Each situation/topic-based lesson of the main texts consists of two or three model dialogues, narration, new words and expressions, pronunciation notes, vocabulary notes, culture, grammar, task/function, and English translation of dialogues. The workbooks provide students with extensive skill-using activities based on the skills learned from the main texts.
5. Your First 100 Words in Korean : Beginner’s Quick & Easy Guide to Demystifying Korean Script by Jane Wightwick, Paperback: 80 pages, Publisher: McGraw-Hill
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.
6. The Korean Language (Suny Series in Korean Studies) by Iksop Lee, S. Robert Ramsey, Paperback: 374 pages, Publisher: State University of New York Press
An accessible, comprehensive source of information on the Korean language-its structure and history to its cultural and sociological setting.
7. Intermediate College Korean by Clare You, Eunsu Cho, Paperback: 280 pages, Publisher: University of California Press
This companion volume to College Korean (California, 1992) enables students to continue their development of Korean language skills and to enrich their understanding of Korea. Because language is a fundamental component of culture, the text incorporates themes relating to Korea’s cultural customs and social issues, presented in the form of dialogues, anecdotes, short essays, and poems. 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, idiomatic expressions, grammar, and exercises on reading and listening comprehension. The vocabulary uses adult-level words from the media and professional worlds and ranges from computer terms to martial arts.
8. Speaking Korean, Book 1 by Francis Y.T. Park, Paperback, Publisher: Hollym Intl
This is the standard textbook used by most universities in the United States. This textbook is designed to impart an active practical skill in the use of the spoken language, without neglecting the development of competence in reading and writing. The structural-linguistic approach avoids simply repeating, changing or substituting sentences. Instead, the devices are used by the learner to achieve the goal of self-expression.
9. Essence English-Korean Dictionary: Deluxe American by Minjung’s Staff (Editor), Leather Bound: 3190 pages, Publisher: Hollym Intl 9th edition 2003
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.
10. Handbook of Korean Vocabulary: An Approach to Word Recognition and Comprehension, by Miho Choo, Paperback: 384 pages, Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
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.