Korean Language for Foreigner

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Korean language education has been continuously growing while remaining faithful to the characteristics of Hangul, which is the name of the Korean alphabet, for the past half a century. Today, Korean has become a language the people around the world are passionate about learning. I find it significant that the Korea’s public broadcasting company KBS has joined hands with the Korean Language Institute---an organization that has been dedicated to the preservation and advancement of the language for a hundred years---to publish a new Korean language learning text book and open a new chapter in the history of the Korean language education.


This book was published for the people around the world who wish to learn Korean. Some of them are young people who dream of finding jobs or attending higher educational institutions in Korea, and some of them are simply interested in Hallyu and wish to find some meaningful activities to do with their extra time. Among them are also Koreans living in overseas who are interested in the Korean language and culture, and those who have decided to spend their lives in Korea, such as the people who’ve come to live in Korea through marriage or jobs, and their children. I believe they can all get what they are looking for through this book or the related educational TV program.

Unlike the past, the 21st century is a time where you can advance yourself and build your capabilities through e-learning (smart-learning, mobile-learning, ubiquitous-learning). Now you can learn and study anywhere anytime beyond the limits of time and space, and this is the best teaching and learning environment the 21st century has in store for us in terms of language education. 

A language education system needs to be designed to encourage the innovative participation of students in an environment that is controlled while at the same time liberal. We can get the best results out of our education when we offer our instructions based on situations that are most close to reality. This book incorporates a broadcasting program---the most preferred learning channel among the people of the modern society---to ensure diverse approaches to teaching a language. It means it is designed to move beyond the classroom instructions that are provided through paper books in restricted space and provide students with open Korean language studies. 

In particular, special consideration was taken to promote the self-initiative of the students. And we also made sure to focus on ensuring students to personally experience the living language and vivacious language-learning activities with our assignment activities. We introduced diverse cultures of modern Korea and the world as well to inspire and challenge them to learn the Korean language with a sense of curiosity about Korea and the world. I have no doubt that students can get the results they want if they follow through the instructions as they are intended in this book. 

We tried to reflect the characteristics of Korean dialogues in this book, because the knowledge about dialogue is essential for proficient communication. For this reason, this book is designed with the dialogues in focus from the beginner’s level to the advanced level. For example, when explaining grammar and vocabularies, we explained what they mean and how they work within a dialogue situation, before explaining their characteristics.

We write this book with the goal of broadening the understanding of the people around the world about each other. We tried to provide students where cultural exchange activities on both ways are made possible at a time when the Hallyu culture is spreading throughout the world. We made sure students can learn each other’s cultures as they improve their Korean language proficiency while also preparing for the Korean language proficiency test. The contents are largely drawn up from commonly used words and expressions, but they are geared towards the standard Korean.​

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Table of Contents

Textbook Composition 

Let’s Learn Hangul
Ⅰ. Korean Language and Hangeul
Ⅱ. Consonants and Vowels of Hangeul

This is my first visit
1. Hello? 
2. I am Mari 
3.Where is a Convenient Store? 
4. Do You Have a Tourist Map? 
5. Could You Take a Picture of Us? 

I live here
6. I Live in Seoul
7. Can I Have Bibimbap? 
8. How Much Is It?
9. No, It's Not Hot
10. Get Off At the Next Stop

I Learn
11.What Is This? 
12. This Is My Teacher
13.What Time Does the Class Finish? 
14. I study on the internet
15.What did you do yesterday?

I begin to learn
16.Would you like a glass of sikhye? 
17. I want to move
18. Let’s have dinner at our parents 
19. Do You Have Time?
20. He’s Tall and Handsome

I understand
21.Would You Like Some Chicken?
22. Did You Come Here to Buy Books?
23. I’m Lost
24. I Have Indigestion These Days
25. They Come in Different Colors

I enjoy
26. I Go Climbing Every Weekend
27. Shall We Go See a Play? 
28. Have You Been to JJimjilbang?
29. It Was Interesting But a Little Difficult 
30. I Am Going on a Bicycle Trip

Join me
31.Welcome Home! 
32. Could You Lower Your Voice a Little?
33. I’ll Do My Best
34. I’d Like to Send this Package to the United Kingdom
35. Please Send My Regards

● vocabulary guide word
● grammar guide word 
● Verbs Conjugation

● List of Audio Files​


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