Sing and Learn Korean - Audio Cassette
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Sing 'n Learn Korean helps you learn Korean language through favorite songs sung in Korea for children of all ages. With 23 traditional and contemporary melodies, you will enjoy learning about greetings, family, animals, numbers, colors and more. Lyrics are written in Hangul and comes with English translation, romanized lyrics in the back. Illustrations promote understanding and enhance learning. Pronunciation Guide, Glossary, cultural notes and activity guides are included; comes with 32 page paperback book and audio cassette or CD.
* Ten Friends
* Early in the Morning (This is the Way)
* Let's All Be Happy (If You Are Happy)
* Hokey Pokey
* Head, Shoulders, Knees & Feet
* Two Ears
* Where is...?
* What Color?
* Uncle had a Farm Field
* Five Little Ducks
* London Bridge
* Words Ending with "Ri"
* Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
* Good-bye Song
About Sing 'n Learn
Sing 'n Learn uses familiar melodies to teach basic vocabulary and pronunciation. Each 32-page songbook contains illustrations featuring Penny and Tommy Panda and a digitally recorded cassette or CD with more than 20 vocals, and a book also includes English translations, suggested activities and instructional guides.
The inspiration of Master Communications President Selina Yoon, the Sing 'n Learn series gives children a head start in learning another language, which in turn stimulates greater mental development. "Children love to sing. It's one of the easiest ways for them to learn the words for fundamentals like greetings, colors, numbers and animals," Ms. Yoon explained.
The Sing 'n Learn series is the first of its kind to be released in the United States. Many children's recordings are sung by children, making it difficult to hear syllables. To promote communication, Master Communications used clear adult voices on the digitally recorded tapes and CDs, slowing the tempo slightly to allow for clear enunciation. To further enhance the learning process, Ms. Yoon chose collaborators who knew each language, music and children well. Together, they compiled songs that are popular around the world - like the "Hokey Pokey" and "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" - and songs native to each country. When possible, they used lyrics sung by children in China, Korea, Japan, or Vietnam, like Old MacDonald, which is sung as "Uncle had a Farm Field" in Korean and "Old Mr. Wong had a Farm Field" in Chinese.
The song books and cassettes were produced, almost in their entirety, in Cincinnati, something that Ms. Yoon found surprising. "I thought I'd have to go to a larger city like New York or San Francisco to find people experienced in children's music and foreign translations," she said. Trio Jan Jeng, Ms. Yoon's co-author on Sing 'n Learn Chinese, teaches at the University of Cincinnati's College Conservatory of Music and chairs CCM's Kindermusic program. In addition to helping with development, she sang on the Chinese tape. Bo-Kyung Kim, an instructor at Northern Kentucky University, helped Yoon with the Korean translations. An experienced translator and author with a degree in Korean language and literature, Ms. Kim also has been published in Korea. Esther Hyun, a University of Cincinnati student pursuing a master's degree in voice, sang on the Korean version. Rob Currens, senior composer and engineer at Cincinnati's Madison Park Productions, teaches technology in media at Raymond Walters College. He arranged and performed the music for both cassettes. Although most of the music was familiar, a few native songs he'd never heard before and some called for revisions.