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The most enjoyable way to learn about an unfamiliar culture is through its stories--especially when they're told in two languages! 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 bo The most enjoyable way to learn about an unfamiliar culture is through its stories--especially when they're told in two languages! 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. Online audio recordings by native speakers help readers improve their pronunciation and inflection, and can be accessed at tuttlepublishing.com/downloadable-con....


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The most enjoyable way to learn about an unfamiliar culture is through its stories--especially when they're told in two languages! 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 bo The most enjoyable way to learn about an unfamiliar culture is through its stories--especially when they're told in two languages! 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. Online audio recordings by native speakers help readers improve their pronunciation and inflection, and can be accessed at tuttlepublishing.com/downloadable-con....

30 review for Korean Stories for Language Learners: Traditional Folktales in Korean and English (Free Online Audio)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Darrin

    I am a bit undecided on my rating. Perhaps somewhere between a 3 and a 4. There are several problems that need to be rectified with a good edit and revision. First, for me, as an intermediate to high intermediate speaker, I found that the vocabulary lists after each story were inadequate. The words that needed to be defined/translated from the story were not listed so I had to resort to the Korean Naver dictionary app to find them. The other problem was that basic vocabulary words that an interm I am a bit undecided on my rating. Perhaps somewhere between a 3 and a 4. There are several problems that need to be rectified with a good edit and revision. First, for me, as an intermediate to high intermediate speaker, I found that the vocabulary lists after each story were inadequate. The words that needed to be defined/translated from the story were not listed so I had to resort to the Korean Naver dictionary app to find them. The other problem was that basic vocabulary words that an intermediate speaker would know by this point were listed needlessly. Second, the Korean word transliterations are old and inaccurate many times and give the reading learner an inaccurate idea of the pronunciation of the word. Korea has a standardized transliteration system that is now in use that is much better. Third, there are several incorrect vocabulary translations that need to be corrected though this is not a major problem. The translations of the stories themselves seemed to be pretty true to the original Korean text, however, there was inconsistency in the level of the stories. Going back to my first point about vocabulary, there were some later, long stories that really needed more build up of defined vocabulary words from all of the previous stories. There were a couple of times I felt like I was jumping from a lower intermediate level to an advanced level in the next story and then down again to intermediate in the next. Finally, the voice of the Korean reader on the cd is child-like, non-standard pronunciation and unpleasant to listen to. I would try to listen to it in my car as part of a repetitive listening program but became so annoyed by the speaker's voice that I eventually removed it from the cd rotation. I strongly suggest re-recording the cd with any future editions of this book. I will say this though, the Korean stories are mostly tales from Korean folklore and really give you an insight into Korean culture and the historical mindset. I had a real breakthrough with this book as I have at this point become fluent enough to read a story through with only minimal word look-up. I relied on Quizlet as I got to the longer stories at the end to help remember and build vocabulary.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jésica

    It was quite decent. The stories were fun and I didn't know most of them. There is a good level progression from the first story. The first one starts from Topik 1 and the last one is topik 3-4 I would say. One problem I have is that the vocab lists would include basic words that someone with the corresponding level would already know, and would gloss over some terms (especially more complex verbs or collocations) that were more advanced. Other than that, it was useful It was quite decent. The stories were fun and I didn't know most of them. There is a good level progression from the first story. The first one starts from Topik 1 and the last one is topik 3-4 I would say. One problem I have is that the vocab lists would include basic words that someone with the corresponding level would already know, and would gloss over some terms (especially more complex verbs or collocations) that were more advanced. Other than that, it was useful

  3. 5 out of 5

    Edtin Ramasari

    This book is a good material for Korean language learners (beginner to intermediate). It has short stories (1-2 pages) at the beginning of the book, and towards the end, we are presented by much longer stories (5-7 pages) with more advanced Korean vocabularies as well. . The stories are mostly traditional Korean folklores that give you insight into cultural and societal beliefs towards life and beings. At the end of every story, the book provides you a list of vocabularies that are used, cultural This book is a good material for Korean language learners (beginner to intermediate). It has short stories (1-2 pages) at the beginning of the book, and towards the end, we are presented by much longer stories (5-7 pages) with more advanced Korean vocabularies as well. . The stories are mostly traditional Korean folklores that give you insight into cultural and societal beliefs towards life and beings. At the end of every story, the book provides you a list of vocabularies that are used, cultural notes, and comprehension questions for practicing and test your understanding of the story. . As an intermediate-advanced learner, I feel like the English translations are not quite match with the nuance that the stories present in Korean language. You can say that the translations are not as expressive, and you might get the humor better in Korean.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    So far this is very good. I have been learning for 1.5 years. The stories are challenging, but not impossible to get through. I think it will help me alot with vocabulary. I imagine this book with take me a few months to get through as there are alot of stories.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Helen Hnin

    I didn't realize that I love folktales until now. I hate "the moral of the story" part because the morals are sometimes stupid. But the stories themselves are very interesting. Also, learning a language through stories is one of the best ways to learn. You get to be entertained and be educated at the same time. This book definitely serves its promise. Bonus points because it has relevant culture notes after the story and illustrations are great. It ranged from low-beginner to intermediate as the I didn't realize that I love folktales until now. I hate "the moral of the story" part because the morals are sometimes stupid. But the stories themselves are very interesting. Also, learning a language through stories is one of the best ways to learn. You get to be entertained and be educated at the same time. This book definitely serves its promise. Bonus points because it has relevant culture notes after the story and illustrations are great. It ranged from low-beginner to intermediate as the stories go on. (I also wanted to complain because they didn't use ㄴ/는다 format but it occurred to me that since they're folktales told to children, they're usually narrated in 아/어요 format. It still really irked me though.)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Soo

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    Debbie Ngo

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    Siri Vegulla

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    Tracie Johnson

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    Andrew Richardson

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    Matthew Burns

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    Ellie

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    Caleb Rodriguez

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    Jayant

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jessa Franco

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