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Monday, October 20, 2014

Multicultural Monday: Korean Language Product Reviews


 Disclosure: Tuttle Publishing gave me a copy of these products free of charge. All opinions in my review are my own and I did not receive any other compensation. They also sent me a copy to giveaway! As in all my reviews I am providing links for your ease, but receive no compensation.


Today I am going to share with you two products to introduce children to the Korean Language and a little to the culture itself. The first item is a wonderful book called My First Book of Korean Words: An ABC Rhyming Book by Henry J. Amen IV and Kyubyong Park. I love this book (and the others similar to it from other countries like Japanese and Chinese which I have previously reviewed) because it is a wonderful introduction for young children to the language as well as to the country. For example we learn that Koreans often eat vegetables and rice for breakfast, and that they believe there is a rabbit in the moon like we say there is a man in the moon. This book has beautiful illustrations and have the word in Korean letters with the pronunciation and then the English. The words go along with the English alphabet and the book mentions which letters are not in the Korean language.




The next product is the Korean For Kids Flashcards by Laura Armitage. This kit includes a set of 64 flashcards, an audio CD that goes along with the flashcards, a wall chart and a learning guide that has many ideas on how to use the product and games to play in Korean. Did you know the Koreans play there own version of Rock, Paper, Scissors?


The audio CD includes some sayings that are not good for flashcards like "Hello" and "Excuse me" as well as some songs. Then it goes into the flashcards. It says each word slowly and then at regular speed. On the back of the flashcards it has two sentences using the word and the audio CD does each sentence slow and then at regular speed as well.  The flashcards can also be divided into thematic groups like family, colors, numbers, etc. 


These flashcards are the perfect way to learn the common Korean words. A child can look at the card while listening to the CD to hear the proper pronunciation. The cards also have clear pictures so the child can associate the word with the picture.




We also made Bul-go-gi or Barbecued Beef. We found the recipe in All About Korea by Ann Martin Bowler, which we reviewed a few weeks ago. We all loved this beef dish!!

It is a recipe we will be having again. Hazel helped me make the marinade for the recipe.

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