Can We Really Have You Speaking Korean in Just Ten Days?
Lock in fundamental language material after just one listen! Join in simple, every day Korean conversations – the kind you really have in a country. Like meeting someone, introducing yourself, ordering a drink. Hard to believe, isn't it? Till you ask yourself one simple question: How did you learn English as a child? Did you wade through text books? Did you struggle with grammar? Did you drive yourself crazy trying to get the accent right?
No. You just "picked it up." You heard adults speak, and you uttered your first word. Well, that's how the Pimsleur method works. It's the natural way to learn Korean.
In easy half hour "bites" on CD, our scientifically sequenced lessons will have you speaking Korean the way the Chinese do–or you pay nothing. Guaranteed. Just give it a try.
Why it's Important to Learn Korean
South Korea has a booming economy, ranked 14th in the world. With an economy that is largely dependent upon international trade, South Korea is currently the tenth largest importer, the sixth largest exporter in the world, and the seventh largest trading partner to the United States.
Some South Korean companies such as Samsung, Kia, and Hyundai have strong presences in the U.S. Thus, learning Korean can be a boon to a career with any of these companies, or with other multinational companies that have operations in South Korea.
South Korea welcomes visitors from around the world. In fact, approximately 6.4 million tourists visited the country in 2007, and that number only continues to grow. While Seoul, the capital city, remains the most popular destination, South Korea even boasts a semi-tropical island, Jeju, which offers gorgeous waterfalls, numerous lava tubes and caves, and a mild climate year-round. Learning Korean before visiting can make the entire trip easier and more enjoyable.
Learning Korean offers numerous other benefits as well. If you are of Korean descent, it can help you connect with your family members in a way you couldn't before. You may also be able to establish relationships with those family members who still live in Korea.
Conversational Korean vs. Academic Korean
Pick up a book and try to learn Korean on your own, and you may have a very difficult time. While the modern Korean writing system, Hangul, uses an alphabet of 24 letters, South Korean schools still teach 1,800 characters of Hanja, the ancient writing system based on Chinese characters. At times, the two are even mixed. Although this practice is no longer in use in North Korea, and is on the decline in South Korea, it's still necessary to know both systems in order to be able to fully read Korean.
But if all you want is to learn to speak Korean, and to be able to hold a conversation with a Korean native speaker, it's not necessary to spend the hours and hours it would take you to learn more than 2,000 characters before you could progress to speaking. With Pimsleur, you start speaking right away, after listening to a native speaker pronounce the words correctly. Learning common Korean phrases is not as much of a challenge when you can simply hear them spoken, and say them exactly the way you hear them. This is why this method of learning Korean is so effective.
A Logical Way to Learn Korean
Only after 20 years of scientific research did Dr. Pimsleur hit upon the right method to teach language–by watching his own children. Children have the ability to pick up languages quickly and naturally. What makes Pimsleur courses so successful are the specific scientific principles that replicate the speed and ease at which children learn languages. Read more about how this unique system–which has been purchased by the FBI–works.
No matter what situation you find yourself in–making new friends at a party, in a business meeting or negotiation, or just asking the way to the railway station or a good restaurant–you will find Pimsleur has given you the right Korean words and phrases, the ones that come naturally, without thinking. Read more about what you'll learn with Pimsleur.
Korean is the official language of both North and South Korea. It is also spoken in Yanbian, an autonomous Korean prefecture located in Northeastern China.
The Korean writing system is called Hangul. It was developed in the mid-15th century, and is still in use today as the official script of both North and South Korea. The name is a combination of the archaic Korean word han (great) and the native Korean word geul (script).
Korean is ranked as the tenth most common language online. This equates to roughly 40 million people.