FSI - Korean Headstart Language Course

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Korean Headstart - Unit 1 Lesson 1

Korean Headstart - Unit 1 Lesson 2

Korean Headstart - Unit 1 Lesson 3

Korean Headstart - Unit 1 Lesson 4

Korean Headstart - Unit 1 Self-Evaluation Quiz

Korean Headstart - Unit 2 Lesson 1

Korean Headstart - Unit 2 Lesson 2

Korean Headstart - Unit 2 Lesson 3

Korean Headstart - Unit 2 Self-Evaluation Quiz

Korean Headstart - Unit 3 Lesson 1

Korean Headstart - Unit 3 Lesson 2

Korean Headstart - Unit 3 Lesson 3

Korean Headstart - Unit 3 Self-Evaluation Quiz

Korean Headstart - Unit 4 Lesson 1

Korean Headstart - Unit 4 Lesson 2

Korean Headstart - Unit 4 Lesson 3

Korean Headstart - Unit 4 Self-Evaluation Quiz

Korean Headstart - Unit 5 Lesson 1

Korean Headstart - Unit 5 Lesson 2

Korean Headstart - Unit 5 Lesson 3

Korean Headstart - Unit 5 Self-Evaluation Quiz

Korean Headstart - Unit 6 Lesson 1

Korean Headstart - Unit 6 Lesson 2

Korean Headstart - Unit 6 Lesson 3

Korean Headstart - Unit 6 Self-Evaluation Quiz

Korean Headstart - Unit 7 Lesson 1

Korean Headstart - Unit 7 Lesson 2

Korean Headstart - Unit 7 Lesson 3

Korean Headstart - Unit 7 Self-Evaluation Quiz

Korean Headstart - Unit 8 Lesson 1

Korean Headstart - Unit 8 Lesson 2

Korean Headstart - Unit 8 Lesson 3

Korean Headstart - Unit 8 Lesson 4

Korean Headstart - Unit 8 Self-Evaluation Quiz


Foreign Service Institute Korean  - Image The FSI Korean Headstart program consists of Cultural Notes plus eight basic and one optional unit with accompanying audios. Each unit is divided into lessons (three to four per unit). The learning activities for most units are:

1. Conversation
2. Notes on the Conversation
3. Exercises
4. Self-evaluation Quiz

Objectives are stated at the beginning of each unit; at the end of each unit is a self-evaluation quiz. Keys to marked exercises and self-evaluation quizzes are at the end of the book, followed by the Cumulative Glossary (Korean-English and English-Korean). Units 1 through 8 should be studied in sequence. Average completion time for students who have never studied Korean is 80 to 160 hours. Unit 9, the optional Hangul unit, is meant to be studied with an instructor. There are no audios accompanying this unit. The contents of each unit are shown below.

Unit 1. Greetings and Introductions
Unit 2. Numbers and Money
Unit 3. Shopping
Unit 4. Time and Dates
Unit 5. Everyday Conversation
Unit 6. Directions
Unit 7. Restaurants and Food
Unit 8. Transportation
Unit 9. Hangul (Optional)

The Cultural Notes are extremely important for those who have never been exposed to Korean culture. A successful Korean tour may largely depend on your proper cultural knowledge. We often observe that the most simple misunderstandings between the natives and guests in a country come from lack of cultural understanding. The Cultural Notes will be both useful and interesting.

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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