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Saint Petersburg State University

Korean for Beginners 1

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Overview

Modern South Korea is a country where you can see how the distinct culture and highly developed technologies, traditional and modern architecture, old traditions and elements of globalisation are intertwined in an amazing way. More and more young people are enjoying TV-dramas, K-pop music, movies and learning about modern life of Koreans and their traditions.
In our course, you will be able to not only master Korean on an elementary level, but also gain the necessary knowledge about the Korean culture and traditions, which is crucial in learning the language. Once you have mastered the basic Korean language course, you will be able to communicate directly with your Korean peers, better understand the mentality of Koreans, and make a lot of friends in Korea.
The course contains basics of Korean pronunciation, extensive vocabulary, detailed grammar explanations and a lot of exercises. Learners will have an opportunity to practice writing using the supplementary materials provided in the course and memorise vocabulary with various sets of cards.
This is the first course in the upcoming specialization on the Korean language from St. Petersburg State University.

Syllabus

  • Unit 1. Welcome!
    • Dear learners, we are glad to welcome you to our course! Every Unit of this course consists of a few main sections — Vocabulary, Grammar, Dialogues and Test. Of course, we cannot start leaning Korean without mastering Korean alphabet and pronunciation. That is why in the first two weeks we will also have Phonetics lessons.This week we are going to start learning Korean alphabet, pronunciation of basic sounds and writing of letters. Please note that each video is followed by a section with writing sheets for your practice. Also you can find links to the materials of our course in Quizlet — all vocabulary is split into small sets there to help you memorise words and grammar points faster and easier. Good luck!
  • Unit 2. Korean Alphabet (Part 2)
    • Welcome to the second week of our course! Are you ready to continue learning Korean alphabet? This week we are going to learn its final parts — aspirated and tensed consonants and W-vowels, as well as some general rules of pronunciation and assimilation in Korean. In the grammar section we are going to learn more about the Copula (its interrogative and negative forms). Don't forget to practice writing and memorise new vocabulary using our sets of cards. Good luck!
  • Unit 3. Introducing Yourself
    • Welcome to Week 3! Well done on learning Korean alphabet and the main pronunciation rules. Please continue practice your writing using writing sheets provided in previous lessons. This week we are going to learn how to tell more about yourself in Korean. Vocabulary section contains names of countries, and in the Grammar section we are going to learn how to use Korean numbers. Good luck!
  • Unit 4. I Have ...
    • Welcome to the final week of our course! You've done a great work and we hope that your interest in Korean has only increased throughout the past weeks. This week we are going to learn how to express possession of something and tell about objects' and people's location. Upon completion of this week you can join the second part of Korean language course by St. Petersburg University to learn even more! Good luck!

Taught by

Inna Tsoy and Natalya Karavaeva

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