Frog's Tears and Other Stories

Frog's Tears and Other Stories

Readings in Korean Culture Series
by Hye-Sook Wang

From ungrateful young frogs to generous brothers, the captivating characters of Korea’s folktales have provided entertainment and insight for centuries. This new reader from the author of Generation Gap invites students of Korean at the high-beginning or low-intermediate levels to immerse themselves in Korea’s rich folkloric tradition as they develop their language skills and cultural knowledge. Frog’s Tears is a perfect supplementary reader for a first- or second-year Korean course, or for pleasure reading and independent study.

High school and college students who want to explore Korean culture as they learn the Korean language will love these authentic stories that reveal traditional Korean values and thought throughout the ages. Each story is followed by a variety of task-based and content-based exercises for practicing language skills, refining reading comprehension, and extending cultural knowledge through lively discussion.

Frog’s Tears is the second book to be released in the Cheng & Tsui Readings in Korean Culture Series, which offers supplemental readings for students with different levels of Korean language proficiency.


  • Traditional folktales adapted for high-beginning or low-intermediate level learners of Korean as a foreign or heritage language
  • Lists of new words, idioms, and expressions for each chapter
  • Cultural notes, activities, and thought-provoking discussion questions
  • Task-based language exercises for improving reading comprehension and practicing new vocabulary and idioms
  • Two review units to strengthen understanding of new vocabulary and expressions
  • English translations of stories
  • Vocabulary index


Cheng & Tsui
Publication Date: 
Trim Size: 
6 x 9
B/W illustrations
Table of Contents

Frog's Tears



Unit 1 청개구리의 눈물


Green Frog’s Tears


Unit 2 토끼와 거북이 1


The Tortoise and the Hare, Part 1


Unit 3 해님 달님


The Sun and the Moon


Unit 4 단군신화


The Myth of Dangun


Unit 5 할아버지의 감나무


The Old Man’s Persimmon Tree


Unit 6 돌장승과 원님의 재판


The Totem Pole and the Magistrate’s Trial


Unit 7 복습 1 (1과부터 6과까지)


Review I (Unit 1 to Unit 6)


Unit 8 나그네와 거위


The Wayfarer and the Goose


Unit 9 농부를 감동시킨 선비


The Scholar who Touched the Farmer


Unit 10 나무꾼과 선녀


The Woodcutter and the Fairy


Unit 11 대동강 물을 팔아먹은 봉이 김 선달


Bongi Kim Seon-Dal who Sold Daedong River


Unit 12 열녀 춘향


Faithful Woman Chun-Hyang


Unit 13 효녀 심청


Filial Daughter Sim-Cheong


Unit 14 흥부놀부전


The Story of Heung-Bu and Nol-Bu


Unit 15 복습 2 (8과부터 14과까지)


Review II (Unit 8 to Unit 14)




About the Series

 Generation Gap is a flexible, fascinating, and relevant resource for non-native and heritage students of Korean alike.

As students advance to the intermediate level, they look beyond grammar mechanics and seek intellectual engagement in Korean language and culture. Hye-Sook Wang’s original essays introduce provocative and stimulating topics ranging from college life in Korea and America, Korea-Japan relations, Korea's gender divide, dating and marriage customs, folk traditions, family systems, and globalization and the "Korean Wave."

Generation Gap is the perfect supplement to a primary Korean textbook, or an exciting primary textbook for a third- or fourth-year course at the high school or college level. When used as a primary textbook, Generation Gap can be completed over the course of two semesters. Comprised of both task- and content-based language learning material, each of the twenty units starts with background (in Korean and English) and warm-up questions. Comprehension, vocabulary, discussion, and composition exercises follow to help students improve their reading comprehension, practice language skills, and make cultural comparisons in Korean. A vocabulary list accompanies each unit, and a comprehensive vocabulary index and exercise answer keys are included for quick reference.

Generation Gap is the first book to be released in the Cheng & Tsui Readings in Korean Culture Series, which offers supplemental readings for students with different levels of Korean language proficiency.

About the Author(s)

Hye-Sook Wang is an associate professor of East Asian Studies at Brown University. She received her Ph.D. in English Language and Linguistics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has taught all levels of Korean language and culture courses. Professor Wang is a co-author of Integrated Korean: High Advanced (University of Hawaii Press, 2005) and a member of the editorial board of The Korean Language in America. She served as the president of the American Association of Teachers of Korean (AATK) from 2003 to 2006.