[Book Review] Get It Korean Listening 2

I’ve had the Get it Korean listening textbooks for a while but I only started using them this week. This book is the second in a series of four made by Kyung Hee University (경희대하교).

The first thing that attracted me to the books were the topics. Much like the excellent Korean Listening Skills series by Darakwon (I wrote about it here), the subjects in this book are ones that I might actually use when talking to Koreans, rather than situations that the writer thinks are interesting.

In each section there are activities where you must match phrases you hear to pictures and there is a short dialogue with multiple choice questions. The listening tasks are very straightforward, and the voices in the recordings are clear and at a comfortable speed. But there are another three sections in this book that I really rate, and they are the reason why I recommend this book so highly.

First, there is a note taking exercise for the main dialogue where you must listen and write down key words that you hear. I think note taking in language learning is an undervalued skill: having to listen and pick out what is important as you are hearing it is something that we do mentally in every conversation, but this is the first Korean textbook I’ve seen that integrates it so well.

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Secondly, I really like the listen and repeat section. You are asked to listen and repeat a sentence, but only some of the words are written in the book, and in dictionary form. So for example, you hear:

“예쁘고 가격이 비싸지 않는 휴대푼을 사고 싶어요”

but in the book you only see:

예쁘다  가격  비싸다  휴대푼  사다

I think this is a great way to understand how particles, connectors and verb endings work in sentences, and how Korean pronunciation changes these words. As I am sure you have discovered, Korean words often sound different when they are linked!

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Finally, the pronunciation sections at the end of each chapter have been extremely helpful. After 3 years of learning Korean, I can finally hear the difference between ㄱ, ㄲ and ㅋ! The examples are well chosen and there are follow exercises to test your ability to distinguish between sounds and Hangeul characters.

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Overall I am very impressed with this book, and would recommend all this listening series to learners at all levels.