Hello Korean Volume 1 (9780804856201)

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Tuttle Publishing
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full-color throughout, includes companion Audio files; Korean-English Glossary
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7 1/2 X 10

K-Drama star Lee Joon-gi teams up with Language Learning Experts to bring you this all-in-one guide for beginners who want to learn Korean as it's actually spoken in Seoul today!

Korean is one of the fastest-growing second languages in the world, due to the huge popularity of Korean pop music, food and K-dramas. This book is designed to meet the needs of people who want to learn the language quickly and accurately—especially Korean pop culture fans!

It features colorful drawings and a cast of youthful friends—Koreans and foreigners—who live in Seoul, hang out together, and have fun exploring the city. It also features Korean film and TV star Lee Joon-gi, who not only provides audio recordings of the dialogues, but contributes a series of stories about his favorite places and things to do in Seoul!

Each chapter is organized as follows:
  • An opening dialogue on a topic such as shopping or making plans
  • A list of useful Korean vocabulary and everyday expressions that are commonly used
  • Grammar explanations, conversations and exercises to help you learn
  • "Talking with Lee Joon-gi" when you can respond to prompts as though you are talking to him!
  • A round-up summary of key words, phrases and concepts in the chapter
  • "Lee Joon-gi's Seoul" — The actor's favorite things to do, such as idol spotting!

This book is designed by two leading Korean language experts—Jiyoung Park and Soyoung Yoo—to be used either as a classroom textbook or for self-study.

About the Author:
Jiyoung Park is associate professor at the Korean Language Education Center at Seoul National University. She has worked as a visiting researcher at Korea Broadcasting System, as contributing editor for the KBS Standard Korean Language Pronunciation Encyclopedia, and was a member of the TOPIK (Test of Proficiency in Korean) committee of examiners. She has authored several Korean language teaching books.

Soyoung Yoo is professor at the International Language Program at Dankook University's Global Language Institute. With a master's degree in Japanese language education, she also was a visiting Japanese language professor at the Korean National Police University. She has authored several other Korean language teaching books.

Lee Joon-gi is an actor, singer, dancer and model. He became famous playing the clown in the movie The King and the Clown (2005) and has also appeared in many popular K-dramas, such as Iljimae (2008), Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (2016), Lawless Lawyer (2018) and The Flower of Evil (2020), which is currently streaming on Netflix.