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Review: Integrated Korean: Beginning 1, 2nd Edition

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Integrated Korean: Beginning 1, 2nd Edition (Klear Textbooks in Korean Language)Integrated Korean: Beginning 1, 2nd Edition by Young-Mee Cho

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is my first Korean textbook and I love it! It has 8 units and each unit has 2 conversations, a narration, usage example of the lessons learned in the unit, and a piece on Korean culture snipplet. The audio files are provided in KLEAR website.

The Grammar Points and Vocabulary

I have no complain against the grammar taught in this book. At my beginner level, I’d just welcome any points taught and be happy to be able to create more simple sentences throughout the lessons. Since it’s a college textbook, the vocabulary revolves around campus life and it’s perfectly ok with me.

I love it that they only use romanization at some parts in the introduction. I’m not a big fan of romanization. It surely helps at certain point, like when the first time learning 한글, or when we communicate with those who are not learning Korean (btw, 한글 is Hangul, the Korean writing system), or when the tools are not capable for writing in 한글.

For Korean learning textbooks and dictionary, I prefer romanization served at minimum or almost zero rate. That’s why I prefer Collin’s gem dictionary instead of Berlitz. Thanks to Febry, the dictionary is on the way, yay!

The Exercises

The book does not have the answer key and I read that even the workbook of this KLEAR series don’t have the answer key provided. The exercises tend to be short in number and some are only applicable in a classroom or with partners (not quite suitable for a self learner like me). Despite all that, I’m grateful to have those exercises.

Other Parts

I love the introduction, the objectives list, and the closing part of the book. My favorite part of the introduction is the pronunciation rules. It’s the part where I always keep running to whenever I hear different from the sound I am expecting to catch on my ears. I mark this part with post-it.

The objectives list provide us the summary of each unit, which grammar points at which part, what culture snipplet and what kind of usage. Needless to say, it’s one helpful list for ㅁ reference. As the new grammar rules come, I use this list a lot.

The last few pages in this book consist of appendices, grammar index, and the glossary. More references which if I knew about it sooner, it would make my studying time more efficient. I even left out the glossary until I reached Unit 8, the last unit. Before that, I kept turning the previous pages to find what certain word meant and it happened like thousand times! sigh

The glossary is Korean-English, and vice versa. The Korean-English one can be useful to learn the 한글 alphabet order. I’m so gonna use this one for my next books of this series! (Hope the books will arrive safely next week, cross my fingers xD)

이 책을 정말 좋아해요. 여러분, 한국어 재미있지요? ^^

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Written by Elfira Y S

April 23rd, 2011 at 9:59 am

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  1. wow ra! kalo drop ditengah desa terpencil korea yang ga ada orang ngomong inggris kamu udah bisa ya :D


    25 Apr 11 at 1:32 pm

  2. ahaha.. semoga ada yang mau nge-drop aku di Korea, Jar! (di Seoul-nya aja tapi, amin~)

    Elfira Y S

    26 Apr 11 at 7:20 am

  3. go go, continue to Beginning 2!!


    4 May 11 at 5:49 pm

  4. I’m planing to buy this book! ^^ Everyone recommends it, so I guess it’s really good. Though, it’s a pity that it doesn’t have the answer key.

    I have a question, there’s only one part of Beginner series, right? As far as now, I haven’t seen Beginner 2.

    Dear, I’m not a fan of romanization, too. ‘highfive’ Honestly speaking, I think that it’s not that useful. Well, maybe at the very beginning. But still, the sooner someone learns 한글 the better.


    29 Jun 11 at 5:32 pm

  5. Yep, I love this series. ^^ KLEAR has 2 books for each of their level series (beginning, intermediate, high intermediate, advanced, and high advanced). Total 10 books.

    I just got my Beginning 2 this month. :D

    Elfira Y S

    29 Jun 11 at 8:26 pm

  6. Anh neyong ha se yo! Aku lagi nerjemahin ‘Complete Korean,’ buku belajar Bahasa Korea. Yg kuterjemahin bukan bahasa Koreanya, tapi bahasa pengantarnya yg dlm bahasa Inggris ke bahasa Indonesia agar modul-modulnya bisa dipakai oleh orang Indonesia. Seru juga lho. Satu paket soal, kunci jawaban dan ada CDnya juga. Hehehe….

    Dina Begum

    18 Jul 12 at 9:44 am

  7. Dina Begum

    18 Jul 12 at 9:48 am

  8. waah, demam Korea sampe ke textbooknya ternyata hihiy~~ Penasaran sama Complete Korean-nya, nyari preview sama review ndak nemu2. Tipe buku yang pake romanisasi ato gak ini, Mbak? Hoho~ Bilang-bilang kalo uda keluar yo~ xD

    Elfira Y S

    18 Jul 12 at 12:12 pm

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