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  • Course description
     Colloquial Korean consists of a tutorial section on Korean sounds and scripts, and twenty lessons. This tutorial is intended to help learners of Korean develop the auditory capability to hear and to discriminate Korean sounds as a learnable system, and to recognize the characters of the Korean alphabet.

    Each lesson has a two-part dialogue, and each part is divided into the following six sections:

        * Chapter summary - This box lays out the major objectives each lesson intends to achieve in terms of topics and grammar points.
        * Dialogue - The Dialogue introduces ten to twelve lines of Korean sentences on a chosen topic
        * Vocabulary - This section lists the key vocabulary items essential to deciphering Korean sentences presented in the dialogues.
        * Grammar points - These are devoted to explaining the grammatical patterns in basic terms as well as listing some idiomatic expressions.
        * Exercises - These offer practical material in the patterns of Korean.
        * Culture point - This section describes some aspect of Korean culture relevant to the them of the lesson.

    Beginning A (chapters 1 & 2)

    Topics - Korean sounds and letters, Greetings, meeting people, introducing yourself, Korean names, typical expressions, etc.
    Grammar and usage - Hangul letters, pronunciation, polite expression for "how are you?", topic case marker 은 / 는, sentence ending 세요, the negative marker 안, the post position 에, Forms of expression - declarative/interrogative/request, subject case marker 이/가,  future tense marker 겠, basic Korean sentence structure, etc.

    Beginning B (chapters 3 & 4)

    Topics - In an office, asking for directions, expressing location, getting around in Seoul,  basic request, identity question, order dishes, make appointment, shopping, etc.
    Grammar and usagee - Two different forms of honorifics, informal ending 이에요, adverbial ending 게, conjunction 아(어/여)서, possessive marker 의, two different ways of negating Korean sentences, contracted forms, informal verb ending 아(어/여)오, informal sentence ending ㄹ/을 거에요, conjunction of condition (으) 면, sentence ending of obligation 야 하다, the postposition (으)로, etc.

    Beginning C (chapters 5 & 6)

    Topics - talk about a trip you've made, use the name of public places and modes of transport, make basic requests, respond to an identity question, etc.
    Grammar and usage - honorific markers 시/세, postposition 에/에서, the verb of existence 있다, pronoun 누구, honorific subject case marker 께서, sentence ending 거든요, linking verb 아닙니다, demonstrative modifiers 이/그/저, informal ending 이에요/아니에요, verb 있습나다, sentence ending 는데요, etc.

    Beginning D (chapters 7 & 8)

    Topics - going out for lunch, read a Korean menu and order dishes, making an appointment, declining an offer, telling the time, etc.
    Grammar and usage - past tense, suggestion ending 실까요/시다, object case marker 을/를, coordinate conjunction 고, less polite informal ending 지요, Korean numbers 1-100, irregular verb 들다, contracted form 뭘, different types of Korean verb, conjunction 는데, conjunction 지만, subordinate conjunction ㄴ(은) 후에, verb stem 는, postposition 하고, etc.

    Intermediate A (chapters 9, 10 & 11)

    Topics - taking a taxi, communicating with a Korean driver regarding destination and direction, shopping at Korean market, negotiate prices, weekend trip, making a ticket reservation, etc.
    Grammar and usage - particle 에서/부터, particle 까지, verb 걸리다, coordinate conjunction 이고, degree word 정도, auxililary verb ㄹ(을) 수 있다, large numbers and money, composite verbs 내려주다/내려드리다, contracted sentence ending 시죠, long negative form 지 않다, particle 만큼, comparison particle 보다, sentence ending ㄹ(을) 것 같다, abjectival verb 어떻다, the ㅎ irregular verbs, contrastive conjunction (으)나, exclamatory ending ㄴ(은/는)데요, particle 만,  ㄹ(을)까 하다, particle (이)나, conjunctive postposition 하고, compound verb 갔다 오다, dependent noun 행, noun counter 장, relative clause marker ㄴ(은)/는/ㄹ(을), progressive tense form 고 있다, sentence ending (으)면 됩니다, etc.

    Intermediate B (chapters 12, 13 & 14)

    Topics - In a bank, opening a bank account, withdrawing cash, filling out a withdrawal slip, meeting friends at a Dabang, making an apology, talking about daily routines with friends, at a hotel, checking in at a hotel, etc.
    Grammar and usage - purpose ending 으려고, conjunctive particle 와/과, causal conjunction (으)니까, months of the year, days of the month, years, another purpose ending (으)러, temporal conjunction 기 전에, particle 전에, 었(았)었, another causal conjunction 기 때문에, stative verb 많다, modification marker ㄹ(을), postposition 한테, noun particle 씩, exclamatory ending 군요, long negation form 지 못하다, negative sentence ending 밖에 없다, compound form 아(어/여) 보다, postposition 로, sentence ending ㄹ(을)지 모르겠다, sentence ending 고 싶다,  intentional/conditional ending 으려면, postposition 에다가, noun suffix 짜리, sentence ending 이 필요하다, etc.

    Intermediate C (chapters 15, 16 & 17)

    Topics - Korean weather, talk about characteristics of Korean's four seasons, talk about the place you're staying, make a phone call, invitation to a Korean house, accept an invitation to a Korean home, express likes, and dislikes, etc.
    Grammar and usage - nominalizing suffix 기, sentence ending 는 때가 있다, exclamatory ending 네요, compound verb 러 가다/오다, question word 어떤, personal pronoun 우리, compound verb ending 아(어/여) 지다, sentence ending ㄴ(은/는) 것 같다, noun indirect speech ending 고 하다, compund verb 다나다, irregular verbs ending in ㅂ, verbs 좋다 and 조아하다, relative clause marker ㄴ(은/는) 것, postposition 한테서, sentence ending 라고 하다, ㄹirregular verb, contracted form 누굴, sentence ending (으)면 좋겠다, nominalizing marker 기, verbs 보다 vs 보이, ㅎirregular verbs, 아(어/여)도 되다, contrastive conjunction 만, sentence ending 어 보이다, temporal conjunctionㄹ/을 때에, sentence ending ㄴ(는) 편이다,  etc.

    Intermediate D (chapters 18, 19 & 20)

    Topics - talk about moving into a Korean apartment, at a gas station, have a car repaired at a service station, at a hospital, talk about illness, etc.
    Grammar and usage - sentence ending 면서요, sentence ending ㄴ(은) 모양이다, conjunction 자마자, sentence ending 곤 하다, compound verb 한 턱 내다, expression 마찬가지다, sentence ending ㄹ(을) 시간이 있다, sentence ending ㄹ(을) 필요가 있다, sentence ending ㄴ(은)지가 되다, conjunction ㄹ(을) 겸, causal conjunction (이) 라거, sentence ending 뻔 하다, compound verb form 아(어/여) 주다, semi-causal sentence ending 거든요, sentence ending 아(어/여) 버리다, sentence ending 기로 하다, sentence ending 기는 하다, sentence ending (으)면 안 되다, temporal conjunction 동안에, sentence ending (은) 적이 있다, particle 도록, sentence ending 아(어/여) 있다, noun suffix ㄹ(을) 정도고, conjunction (으)면서, conjunction 아(어/여)도, sentence ending (이)던가요, sentence ending (이)라고 생각되다, causal conjunction ㄹ(을)테니, etc.

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