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Re: Korean Study Group / 한국어 스터딩

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:11 am
by MacGyver
ロータス wrote:Korean Stories For Language Learners: Traditional Folktales in Korean and English (Free Audio CD Included)

Korean Stories for Language Learners introduces 42 traditional Korean folktales with bilingual Korean and English versions, presented on facing pages, together with detailed notes and exercises aimed at beginning learners of the language. The book can be used as a reader in first- and second-year Korean language courses or by anyone who wishes to learn about Korean folktales and traditional Korean culture.

This elegantly illustrated volume is designed to help language learners expand their vocabulary and to develop a basic familiarity with Korean culture. The stories gradually increase in length and complexity throughout the book as the reader improves their vocabulary and understanding of the language. After the first few stories, the reader is asked to use the vocabulary in speaking and writing exercises. By reading these classic stories, they also are given a window into Korean culture and learn to appreciate the uniqueness of the country—which provides greater motivation to continue learning the difficult language.

Cultural notes and discussion questions further reinforce one's understanding of the stories, and bolster one's language skills. Korean-English and English-Korean glossaries are included as well as an overview of the Korean Hangeul script.

Audio recordings by native speakers help readers improve their pronunciation and inflection.


I found that at a local bookstore last week and brought it. I haven't done much more than thumb through it so far, but it looks very good.

Re: Korean Study Group / 한국어 스터딩

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:15 am
by MacGyver
Oh, this is not really language related, but I recommend following "Designersparty" on facebook and instagram. They post photos from throughout Korean (and world) history. Some photos are very eye opening, especially the sets on the Korean war.

Re: Korean Study Group / 한국어 스터딩

Posted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 6:45 pm
by David1917
Step 1: Acquire "Let's Learn Korean" by BJ Jones, complete.

This is the book Arguelles recommends beginning with, and I was able to get it from Interlibrary Loan. Not sure if I'll be able to complete it by the due date of 4/21, but I guess that ought to motivate me to get as much of it done as I can.

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Re: Korean Study Group / 한국어 스터딩

Posted: Tue Mar 05, 2019 4:28 am
by Sayonaroo
This is a free resource for learning Korean from folktales!

https://pdxscholar.library.pdx.edu/pdxopen/11/

Re: Korean Study Group / 한국어 스터딩

Posted: Tue Mar 05, 2019 9:16 pm
by clemieclutalkie
Hi guys! I'm brand new to this forum and to this thread! So excited to meet you all!

Why are you interested in Korean?
Because I'm attracted to Asian languages (in a not weird way). I just love the way it sounds, I love the complexity and I love that it's a critical language. I am all about critical languages!

What is your goal for this language?
I would like to be able to watch the news in Korean, understand politics and also entertainment. I'd like to watch tv shows (especially comedy shows) and understand without subtitles. I also plan to use Korean to make new friends and to use it in an academic settings for my future career.


Do you have a favorite Korean language song? If so, what is it? Embed the video in your post if you like.
Hard to say, but at the moment it's Blanket Kick by BTS. It's so underrated, yet so cute and catchy. The melody always makes me so happy!



What is your favorite feature of the Korean language that you've encountered so far in your studies?
The pronunciation. I LOVE the way the words sound as they come out of people's mouths! Something so flowy and yet to the point about it. I also love the way older people are addressed as uncle, aunt, older sister, older brother, etc even if they aren't related. It's like a family!

Re: Korean Study Group / 한국어 스터딩

Posted: Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:34 am
by meloncreme
Why are you interested in Korean?

Well, I started learning Korean because I'm a fan of Korean drama and music. I didn't really have a concrete goal or plan when I started. The idea seemed really fun and interesting so I just started learning it.

What is your goal for this language?

I used to work with Koreans as a translator. I translated written Korean documents (e.g. speeches for events) then they went back to Korea and I didn't get to study or practice Korean that much since then so my skills are rusty now. My goal right now is to be able to interpret confidently without much difficulties for my former coworkers whenever they come here for an official visit. Since the discussion usually revolves around military, economy and sometimes, politics, I want to learn more vocabulary words that related to those topics.

Do you have a favorite Korean language song? If so, what is it?

This is a difficult question but the first thing that came to mind was this song by Bigbang called 'Last Dance'



What is your favorite feature of the Korean language that you've encountered so far in your studies?

I love the alphabets and how easy it is to learn and teach to someone else. Also, I love the sentence order/structure! I like it when I encounter sentences with complex structure which makes me go "wow, I didn't know we could say it in that order."

Re: Korean Study Group / 한국어 스터딩

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2019 12:34 am
by Sayonaroo
I found out a way to read korean on an android ereader with a pop up dictionary!

As far as I can tell, you cannot use a korean-English dictionary on a kindle. However the English-korean dictionary works beautifully.

https://choronghi.wordpress.com/2019/03 ... n-ereader/

Also I asked on reddit about ereaders and somebody mentioned using koreader on their kobo ereader

https://www.reddit.com/r/Korean/comment ... erm=b0s6h8

Re: Korean Study Group / 한국어 스터딩

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:06 pm
by eido
I just bought a set of old-fashioned Korean books by Francis Park, called Speaking Korean. Has anyone used them?

Additionally, would anyone be interested in contributing to reviews of Korean resources in the appropriate thread, or even here?
David1917 wrote:Step 1: Acquire "Let's Learn Korean" by BJ Jones, complete.

How's this going? Is it a good resource?

Re: Korean Study Group / 한국어 스터딩

Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:26 pm
by David1917
eido wrote:I just bought a set of old-fashioned Korean books by Francis Park, called Speaking Korean. Has anyone used them?

Additionally, would anyone be interested in contributing to reviews of Korean resources in the appropriate thread, or even here?
David1917 wrote:Step 1: Acquire "Let's Learn Korean" by BJ Jones, complete.

How's this going? Is it a good resource?


It looked like a very good one by looking through the book. Unfortunately, the tape it came with was worn down so badly as to be completely unusable, so I never began working with it. I took it as a sign to hold off on trying to work with Korean for now - as I added in Arabic already and also need to get up to a higher reading level in German before starting my Master's.

In this thread, Prof A suggests using that Francis Park series so, I'd say you made a wise purchase.

Re: Korean Study Group / 한국어 스터딩

Posted: Tue Apr 16, 2019 2:27 pm
by Axon
A Korean family has opened a cozy little cafe a few minutes from my apartment. They speak some English and good Mandarin but I would like to learn a couple of polite phrases in Korean to order food, pay, and thank them. It's clear that if I could speak Korean, we would use Korean - they're far more comfortable in Korean than other languages.

I can't realistically get any kind of Pimsleur or Teach Yourself shipped to me here in China. This week I'll have the chance to go to a bookstore and check out some courses from a Chinese base.

At this point, I'm only concerned with this one very specific aspect of the language, though of course I know it would serve me well to have a basic foundation. What are some free online audio-based resources that can help me with polite "transactional" Korean? And, taking into account what you folks know about Korean, should I start by memorizing cafe phrases or start with general beginner materials?