FSI - Korean Basic Course (Volume 1)

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Korean Basic Course Volume 1 - Introduction Tape 1

Korean Basic Course Volume 1 - Introduction Tape 2

Korean Basic Course Volume 1 - Unit 01

Korean Basic Course Volume 1 - Unit 02

Korean Basic Course Volume 1 - Unit 03

Korean Basic Course Volume 1 - Unit 04 Tape 1

Korean Basic Course Volume 1 - Unit 04 Tape 2

Korean Basic Course Volume 1 - Unit 05 Tape 1

Korean Basic Course Volume 1 - Unit 05 Tape 2

Korean Basic Course Volume 1 - Unit 06 Tape 1

Korean Basic Course Volume 1 - Unit 06 Tape 2

Korean Basic Course Volume 1 - Unit 07 Tape 1

Korean Basic Course Volume 1 - Unit 07 Tape 2

Korean Basic Course Volume 1 - Unit 08 Tape 1

Korean Basic Course Volume 1 - Unit 08 Tape 2

Korean Basic Course Volume 1 - Unit 09 Tape 1

Korean Basic Course Volume 1 - Unit 09 Tape 2

Korean Basic Course Volume 1 - Unit 10 Tape 1

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Korean Basic Course Volume 1 - Unit 11 Tape 1

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Korean Basic Course Volume 1 - Unit 12 Tape 1

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Korean Basic Course Volume 1 - Unit 13 Tape 1

Korean Basic Course Volume 1 - Unit 13 Tape 2

Korean Basic Course Volume 1 - Unit 14 Tape 1

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Korean Basic Course Volume 1 - Unit 15 Tape 1

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Korean Basic Course Volume 1 - Unit 16 Tape 1

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Korean Basic Course Volume 1 - Unit 17 Tape 1

Korean Basic Course Volume 1 - Unit 17 Tape 2

Korean Basic Course Volume 1 - Unit 18


Foreign Service Institute Korean  - Image This is the first of two volumes of the FSI Basic Korean course. The Notes are intended to be self-explanatory and to be read outside the class after the Basic Dialogue has been introduced. The Notes on Dialogues are numbered according to the sentences in the dialogue, and are intended to give additional information on the use of the words, phrases or sentences. The Grammar Notes are systematic presentations of new patterns or major grammatical constructions that occur for the first time in the Basic Dialogues or other basic sentences, in the unit.

If the course is being taught (as intended) by a team composed of a trained language teacher and a native speaker, some explanation of the Notes may be appropriate in class. However, in general, drill time in class with a native instructor should be conducted entirely in Korean. If the native-speaking instructor is also a trained linguist and fluent in English, specific periods may be set aside for grammatical explanations; these should be kept separate from regular drill sessions during which English should be used only for translations or paraphrases designed to keep the student aware of the meaning of the Korean sentences he is practicing.

The Grammar Notes are written to give some basic understanding of Korean to the beginning student, and are intended to be immediately and practically relevant. If, however, the student finds them difficult to understand, he can simply ignore them. Instead of wasting time talking about Korean, extensive drill concentrated on specific points of pronunciation or grammar can produce the desired goal - proficiency in performance. The course is designed to produce an operational competence in Korean, not a theoretical understanding of it.

You can find the other volume of the FSI Korean Basic course here: FSI - Korean Basic Course (Volume 2)

Korean is the official language of South Korea and North Korea as well as one of the two official languages in China's Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture. Approximately 78 million people speak Korean worldwide. For over a millennium, Korean was written with adapted Chinese characters called hanja, complemented by phonetic systems like hyangchal, gugyeol, and idu. In the 15th century, a national writing system called hangul was commissioned by Sejong the Great, but it only came into widespread use in the 20th century, because of the yangban aristocracy's preference for hanja. While (apart from certain ancient languages of Korea) the majority of linguists consider Korean to be a language isolate, there have been attempts to link it with other languages in the region. Korean is similar to the Altaic languages in lacking certain grammatical elements, including articles, fusional morphology and relative pronouns. Since Ramstedt's 1928 article, some linguists support the hypothesis that Korean can be classified as an Altaic language or as a relative of proto-Altaic. However, linguists agree today that typological resemblances cannot be used to prove genetic relatedness of languages, as these features are typologically connected and easily borrowed. Such factors of typological divergence as Middle Mongolian's exhibition of gender agreement can be used to argue that a genetic relationship is unlikely.

Korean is spoken in: North Korea, South Korea

Korean is also called: Chaoxian, Hanguk Mal, Hanguk Uh, Hanguohua

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