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Learning the Korean Alphabet, Hangul (Complete Article)

jalNote: There are lots of lessons out there for learning the Korean alphabet, but they all seem to miss something or other, so here’s my attempt! Use it to learn from scratch, or as a guide if you’re stuck on some letters. By the way, a PDF version of this is upcoming, which will look nicer and less cramped than this.

(Would you prefer this in bite-sized chunks?)
Part 0: Introduction | Part 1: Consonants | Part 2: Vowels

First, I’ll give you some of the best news you’ll ever hear when learning to read a language that doesn’t use a script you’re familiar with: Hangul, the writing system of Korean, is very easy to learn and if you worked hard, you could probably do it in a few of hours – seriously.

I don’t mean that after a few hours you’ll read any Korean perfectly, much less pronounce it perfectly (which will take much more time and practice). However, you can learn all the letters very quickly, and the extra irregularities and quirks you may have to learn are actually very natural things that happen in many languages.

I learned it in one week of relaxed effort on my free time, and it took one more week to learn all the correct pronunciation. I sincerely believe if you set apart a few hours to learn, you can get this over with in one day.

A Quick Look at Hangul

Consonants

  • 9 Basic Consonants: ㄱ  ㄴ  ㄷ  ㄹ  ㅁ  ㅂ  ㅅ  ㅇ  ㅈ
  • 5 Aspirated Consonants:  ㅋ  ㅌ  ㅍ  ㅎ  ㅊ
  • 5 of them can be doubled, but are considered / treated as single letters: ㄲ ㄸ ㅃ  ㅆ  ㅉ
  • In addition, some can be combined to create 11 compound consonants. They are also treated as single letters: ㄳ ㄵ ㄶ ㄺ ㄻ ㄼ ㄽ ㄾ ㄿ ㅀ ㅄ

Vowels

  • 8 Basic Vowels: ㅏ  ㅓ  ㅗ  ㅜ  ㅐ  ㅔ  ㅡ  ㅣ
  • 6 of them can be given an extra line: ㅑ  ㅕ  ㅛ  ㅠ  ㅒ  ㅖ
  • In addition, they can be combined to create 7 compound vowels. They are also treated as single letters:  ㅘ ㅝ  ㅙ  ㅞ  ㅢ  ㅟ  ㅚ

Complete set of letters (This list is analogous to showing the 26 letters of the Latin Alphabet plus ch, ph, gh, ou, ao, etc.)

ㄱ  ㄴ  ㄷ  ㄹ  ㅁ  ㅂ  ㅅ  ㅇ  ㅈ  ㅋ  ㅌ  ㅍ  ㅎ  ㅊ  ㄲ ㄸ ㅃ  ㅆ  ㅉ
ㄳ ㄵ ㄶ ㄺ ㄻ ㄼ ㄽ ㄾ ㄿ ㅀ ㅄ
ㅏ  ㅓ  ㅗ  ㅜ  ㅐ  ㅔ  ㅡ  ㅣ  ㅑ  ㅕ  ㅛ  ㅠ  ㅒ  ㅖ
ㅘ ㅝ  ㅙ  ㅞ  ㅢ  ㅟ  ㅚ

So why is Hangul easy?

  • It’s an alphabet. People will count the letters differently, but I would say it is essentially 22 letters: 14 consonants and 8 vowels. From those letters, 6 of the vowels also have a version that signify their starting with a Y sound, some come together into 7 compound vowels / diphthongs which start with W or W-ish sound, and 5 consonants can be doubled.
  • It’s visual.* Mnemonics are always a good tool to remember things, and Korean has it built in, and the only thing up to you is to make the visual aspect as vivid and effective as possible for yourself. The consonants are pictures of your tongue, teeth, lips, or throat, while the vowels represents space and positions in the mouth. The latter is harder to visualize unless you understand linguistics, so you may have to tweak your memory aid as best serves you.

If you don’t feel very sure of the benefit of visual mnemonics, here’s this article: Any Phonetic Script can be Learned in Just a Few Hours.

  • It’s laid-out efficiently. Korean is written in blocks of 2 to 4 letters. Not only is this space-efficient, but it also separates parts of words such as syllables based on Chinese characters, and reflects certain aspects of Korean pronunciation. I will not be covering this aspect in this article.
  • It’s simple to draw. Not counting the compound and double letters, only one letter takes 4 strokes to write. All others require 1 to 3 strokes. Possible strokes are simply straight lines, two simple curves, and a circle.

Recommended Resources

I write lessons like this because I want to do better than what I’ve seen so far, so I try not to rewrite or redo stuff that’s already written and I think is satisfactory.

Regarding the YouTube playlist, I organized the hangul videos like this:
  • SweetAndTasty / “Professor Oh”: She doesn’t explain things too well, but gives a good overview of the pronunciation, going through all of them straight through, relatively quickly. She does other videos on Korean that are very good.
  • KoreanSimplyPut: These are more involved, and cover the complete alphabet and how Hangul is put together.
  • VortexXman’s “Korean Hangeul Vowels” video is to show that while Professor Oh said there are 3 diphthongs all pronounced as “wae,” this guy says one of them may actually be a bit different.
  • Seemile “The Korean Writing System”: The final video goes over the basic letters and combinations more quickly, so it may be good as review while learning some random but good basic vocabulary (although I don’t believe “spider” and “foot” are all that useful).
  • DavidnKimchi’s “Learn How to Read Korean”: Just an extra video. Shows full table and goes over some vocabulary to show letters coming together.

On Romanization

Hangul is officially romanized using Revised Romanization (RR). That is what you should use if you ever want to write with the Latin Alphabet. Any time I use a Latin letter to represent a Korean sound, it will be following RR.

Despite not being proper, a few “conventions” have remained. For example, Hangul should be written as Hangeul in RR, but it’s still commonly seen as “Hangul” – which I will tend to do as well. I guess if we start changing to Hangeul, it’ll make it harder for new students trying to search for help! It is, however, not proper in RR.

How To Learn Hangul?

Hangul is an alphabet. You can learn in the same way you may study the Russian, Greek, or Vietnamese alphabets, and you can find many resources and videos on how to learn it in a conventional way. However, Hangul is unique because relevant visual elements make up the letters. So while seeing the picture of an ox that originally became the letter A  doesn’t directly help you learn its sound, the image of the tongue that makes up the letter has much more of a potential to be useful.

Because it is innate, and part of what makes Hangul so special, I decide to focus on it in my article. You don’t have to learn it this way. You may give up on this method and choose another. That’s ok. In fact, I gave you a couple of links above just for that reason – so that you can see other methods and learning aids. But I hope you will try this way, to  learn Hangul by how it truly works and using their own design to help you remember and pronounce them: by visualizing the images in the letters and consequently feeling them in your mouth, by looking at the obvious, purposeful relationships between many letters.

Full disclosure / disclaimer: Everything I explain on the design of the consonants is true – in the sense that I’ve read this from various sources and am not making it up. The only exception is with the b and p; they are exceptions themselves, so I’m stretching what I remember and making it make sense.

The vowels are supposedly also visual, but I almost consider that a rumor since I’ve seen nothing complete nor definitive. Therefore, I pretty much made up the visual system I explain for the vowels. Luckily, it works – so maybe I solved it instead of made it up? :D

Learning the Consonants

Kinds of Consonants

For study purposes, I felt it was best to put the letters into groups.

The most important grouping is on how they are pronounced. There are 4 such groups, which I am numbering arbitrarily (don’t bother learning my made-up group numbers; learn their characteristics):

  • Group 1: Steady, sustainable, unchanging:

ㄴ ㅅ ㅁ ㅇ / n s m ng

(Letters are purely visual representations, as shown before. You can HOLD or hum these sounds.)

  • Group 2: Begin stopped, and then release:

ㄱ ㄷ ㄹ ㅂ ㅈ / g d r b j

(Since all but ㅂare sounded with the tongue first pressed to the roof of the mouth, the roof of the mouth is signified or represented by a top line (or roof). Therefore, some of these are Group 1 letters + a top line)

  • Group 3: Begin stopped, tense up,** then suddenly release:

ㄲ ㄸ ㅃ  ㅆ  ㅉ / gg dd bb ss jj

(Held and tensed**, so it makes sense to double the letter, right?)

  • Group 4: Begin stopped, then release forcefully and noisily:

ㅋ ㅌ ㅍ ㅎ ㅊ / k t p h ch

(An additional line represents the extra air coming out ( is the exception). Note that all of these letters are previous ones with an additional line in the top or middle.)

There’s another way to group the letters: by where they are pronounced. There are 5 groups, based on two views of the mouth:

Side View
  • Group 1, “alveodentals”: Tongue pointed up to the space between the teeth and the fleshy bump behind it:

ㄴ ㄷ ㄸ ㅌ ㄹ / n d dd t r

(All based on ㄴ, showing where the tongue is, so tongue won’t move away)

  • Group 2, “dentals/sibilants”: Tongue barely or just touching the front teeth:

ㅅ ㅆ ㅈ ㅉ ㅊ / s ss j jj ch

(Note that all are based on ㅅ; The tongue in an English J is farther back than an S, so this is showing you the tongue stays in the same place for both S and J (and thus also CH) in Korean.

  • Group 3, “velars”: Tongue pulled to the back of the mouth:

ㄱ ㄲ ㅋ / g gg k

(ㄱ happens to also work purely visually, showing tongue pulled up and back.)

Did you notice something? No matter what letter you pronounce, the main part or blade of your tongue pretty much stays straight as a whole like ㅡ . The tip may pitch up \ or the back may pitch up / , but that rocking is the extent of it. It doesn’t curl back like the English R, or arch upwards like the SH or CH. Your tongue stays in place when speaking Korean. The tip of your tongue will always stay at the front of your mouth.

Front View
  • Group 4, “labials”: Lips:

ㅁ ㅂ ㅃ ㅍ / m b bb p

(ㅁis a simple outline of the mouth or lips. Thus, ㅂ makes sense with the lips closer together. ㅍ has the expected extra line, but strangely drops the middle one!)

  • Group 5, “glottals”: Throat:

ㅇㅎ / ng h

(The mouth cavity and/or circle of the throat, so it makes sense that at the beginning of a syllable, ㅇ is silent (merely open throat), but at the end of a syllable it is the ng sound (blocking off the throat). Adding extra lines means you’re passing noisy air through an open throat: h.)

Don’t forget to keep these TWO grouping methods separate. If you’re trying to remember how to pronounce ㅌ, be careful if you trace the letter’s design too far back to ㄴ, because that will only tell you where to pronounce it. Maybe it will help, but is more similar in sound – in how it’s pronounced.

If that’s enough for you to understand the design and thus pronunciation of all the Korean letters, great! Otherwise, read on for more direct, individual explanations on why the letters look the way they do.


Consonants: Letter by Letter

Group 1: Sustainable sounds.

  • ㄴ – N:  Tongue tip curved up to touch the roof of the mouth. This image should be easy to visualize.
  • ㅅ – S: Incisors / front teeth. I believe everyone relates the S sound with teeth so I don’t need to explain it, but we need to make sure you know so that the related letters make sense. You don’t touch the teeth when you say S, but what happens is the tongue forces the air through a tight, narrow path focused through the teeth.
    PRO TIP: The Korean S is actually not as strong as the hiss-y, whistle-y English S. Pronounced slowly or on its own, it may sound like it, but in fast speech, it will sound like a lazy, lighter S. Sometimes you may barely hear it!
  • ㅁ – M: A simple outline of the mouth: top and bottom lines are thus the lips. The Chinese character for mouth is also a square.
  • ㅇ – NG: The space of the mouth and / or circle of the throat. Keeping the throat open is of course the required norm in speech, so this letter is silent at the beginning of a syllable. At the end of the syllable, it’s the opposite; throat closes so you get the ng sound.

Again, these first 4 are steady sounds. Your tongue makes no movement to sound them. You place it and then sound them out.

Group 2: Remaining basic consonants with a horizontal line on top – a roof. This means you place your tongue on the roof of the mouth first, and then sound out the letter.

  • ㄷ – D: It is ㄴ+ a line on top, so the ㄴshape tells you WHERE to place the tongue, but not so much how to sound it. This is a soft, “unaspirated” T sound, romanized as D. It is the T in sTir, NOT the T in Tip.
  • ㄱ – G: This is the opposite of ㄴ. The tongue is instead pulled up and to the back of the mouth. Thus, it is a soft K sound, as in sKin, NOT Kin, romanized as a G.
  • ㄹ – R/L: Funky and twisted because your tongue curls and moves when you flap the R! How is it flapped? Bouncing off the the roof of the mouth (there fore, it has the top line again). At the beginning of a syllable, it’s this flapped R, much like a single R in Spanish, and certain double-D / double-T words in English, such as a buTTer, uDDer, buDDy, etc. At the end of a syllable it turns into a lazy L.
  • ㅈ – J: Carefully feel for where the tip of your tongue is when say the S sound. Now say the English J and CH sounds. It probably fell back a little bit, correct? Well, to pronounce the Korean , you cannot let your tongue fall back. Keep it very close to the teeth (see the visual relation to ㅅ?), exactly where you have it for an S, and say a J in that position. Don’t be lazy with that J-sound; even in English, it has a sharpness to it, like when you say JET or JIM, it’s like it begins with a little T sound. It will be the same here in Korean. Bonus pronunciation points if you widen your mouth like a smile when you pronounce – especially if it’s followed by the letter I. NOTE: Sometimes it seems to sound a bit like a Z. Although it won’t be romanized that way, it may sound like it. I wonder if this is why sometimes in K-pop I hear “magic” pronounced as “mazik.”

The last letter belongs to the front-view “family” of letters, so it doesn’t follow the top-line rule.

  • ㅂ – B: Fitting to the usual pattern, it would actually be a soft P like in sPit, and NOT Pit. Visually, you can still see the ㅁ for mouth, but what happened to the top and lower lips? They’re closer together, they’re tighter, and maybe you can even imagine the protruding lines as being the corners of the mouth wrinkling up a little as you tighten. Makes sense right? That’s what you need to do to pronounce a light P sound.

Group 3: Adding extra line to signify a noisy puff of air, which we call aspiration:

  • ㅊ – CH: See? It’s simply the ㅈ with an extra line. Thus, it’s a stronger sound, noisier like the English CH sound. Don’t forget to keep your tongue close to your ㅅ (teeth)!
  • ㅋ – K: It’s ㄱ with an extra line! So while is the K in sKin, ㅋ IS the K sound in Kin, Cat, etc. PRO TIP: since it’s noisy, it may not always release quickly, so it may sound like a slow and noisy kkkhh sound, especially if it precedes the letter I – which makes sense since the tongue can’t move much if it’s going to pronounce that I. See for yourself. Your release of the K sound in Cat goes by very quickly, but the K in Key is slower. There’s a distinctive hiss.
  • ㅌ – T: Same pattern of course. This IS the T in Tip. PRO TIP: At times,& may become a CH when followed by the letter I. That’s not so crazy as you might think. It will happen for the same reason no one asks “What’ya doing?” and they instead say “Whatcha doing?”
  • ㅍ – P: This IS the P in Pin. This does NOT seem to the follow the “extra line” trend here. However, you could still use the mnemonic that the lips are separated again – to the point that some fonts show the top line separately. So, imagine a noisy explosive sound: P.
  • ㅎ – H: Looky here! We saw at the beginning as ㅇ, which is no sound if at the beginning of the syllable. There’s no ㅇwith a single top line (there used to be, but it’s obsolete now), but it still fits the pattern: here it is with BOTH the top line and the extra line. So if you have a open throat of ㅇ and just push more air through, you get H.

Group 4: Double consonants. Doubling makes sense. You need to stop, take your time, tense up, and make the consonant stronger** (Japanese also has this time lag with their double consonants, only they don’t make them sound stronger). There are called tense consonants. They are fairly unique sounds. Of the major languages, Korean is the only one that has them, but they’re actually not that hard – what’s difficult is getting over your own disbelief or uncertainty of pronunciation, since we don’t have these sounds but probably make them a lot at random times.

  • ㅃ – BB/PP: Try to push air out, but keep your lips tight so no air leaks. Then release it suddenly, like a balloon popping; no tearing, no hissing, just a sudden separation of the lips.
  • ㅉ – JJ: This can be a little tricky. Unlike the other sounds, your tongue doesn’t move completely away from the roof of your mouth for J or CH-like sounds; it stays close to make the noise. Thus, while it can already be difficult to tell , may also be difficult to distinguish and pronounce. It should definitely still be a more sudden, less noisy release, but sometime it sounds like a z and can be romanized as ZZ.
  • ㄸ – DD/TT:
  • ㄲ – GG/KK: This one can sound weird sometimes, especially in pop music where pronunciation may be modified or improper. I sometimes confuse it for a D sound. Not sure why!
  • ㅆ – SS: This is easy, since the S is a pretty tight sound in English. Make sure they hear you when you say ㅆ! Actually, English sometimes doubles consonant sounds too, particularly with the letter S. Misstep is not just written with two S’s, but you pronounce them both by making the sound longer. So if you want to practice the Korean ㅆ, listen to yourself pronounce “misstep” or note the difference between “ice stand” and “I stand.”

LISTENING TIP: Both the single and aspirated (extra line) versions of normally sound like soft and normal version of English P, T, and K to American ears. Double letters, however, due to their sudden and less noisy release, will sound more like B, D, and G, etc. So, using ㅂ as an example, I hear ㅂas a soft P, ㅃ as a strong B, and ㅍas a normal P.

Finally, the compounds that only come at the end of syllables. Although only one of the letters is pronounced, luckily, they’re easy because you simply pronounce the main one that blocks your pronunciation.

  • : Too hard to pronounce S after G, so just stop at G.
  • : Too hard to pronounce that J, so stop at N.
  • : Pretty much impossible to pronounce that H, so don’t.
  • : You pronounce both R and G, so ignore R and just land at G.
  • : Again, the R isn’t restricting you, so ignore it and just pronounce M.
  • : Just B.
  • : Just S.
  • . Just T.
  • : Just P.
  • : Just H.
  • : Again, B does not force you to stop, so ignore it and just pronounce S.

Learning the Vowels

Kinds of Vowels

Group 1, basic vowels: Can be seen as hinting lip shape and tongue position / space in mouth:

ㅏ  ㅓ  ㅗ  ㅜ  ㅐ  ㅔ  ㅡ  ㅣ

Group 2: adding  the /j/ [y] sound: Contain an extra small line:

ㅑ  ㅕ  ㅛ  ㅠ  ㅒ  ㅖ

Group 3: adding W – like sound: Compound vowels that start with , , or .

ㅘ ㅝ  ㅙ  ㅞ  ㅢ  ㅟ  ㅚ

Vowels: Letter by Letter

Basic Vowels

Small horizontal line, meaning the tongue is low and the vertical space is quite open. In fact, your lips stay neutral and relaxed.

  • ㅏ- A: Shape is pushed toward the front of the mouth, so a vowel sounded in the front, with tongue low? /a/
  • ㅓ- EO: Tongue is still low, but opposite placement in the mouth; this is in the back: /ʌ/.

If you’re not too certain of this idea of front and back vowels, try it yourself! Sah “Aaah” and then say “Uhhh,” and then go back and forth “Ah Uh Ah Uh”  etc. Feel the difference? Feel how the Ah is in front while Uh is in the back?
Moving on, we can double the small line to do what? What does an extra line mean? The concept of more force. With a vowel, we do that by adding a Y before it.

  • ㅑ – YA
  • ㅕ – YEO

Small vertical line, indicating the vertical space isn’t so much, so the tongue is higher, just above the middle, actually. Despite length differences, the lines are a little more balanced than with&ㅓ, so use this to remember ㅗ and ㅜ require your lips to be rounded, NOT relaxed. To help me remember, I like to imagine and surrounded by a circle, so that it looks like a steering wheel!

  • ㅗ – O: Shape is pushed down, so this is the lower sound.
  • ㅜ – U: Shape pushed up, so this is the higher sound.

Again, feel it. Say O and U back and forth. Feel your tongue moving up and down?Double line again, meaning add Y.

  • ㅛ – YO
  • ㅠ – YU

Now we can go back and show what else can be done with &ㅓas well as others: since your lips are rounded for O and U, putting them before a vowels creates a W sound.

  • ㅘ – WA: U + A would natural make a WA sound.
  • ㅝ – WO: O + EO would also naturally make this WO sound.

Based off the previous set, no small line means the vertical space is at it’s smallest, so the tongue is at its highest. Perfectly straight lines, so can you guess the lip shape? Straight and wide.

  • ㅡ – EU: Consider this to be the true visual representation; tongue highest, just a tiny horizontal space. So front or back? Just memorize it’s in the back.
  • ㅣ- I: The only way to “flip” a straight line to show the opposite (front of the mouth) is a 90 degree rotation. Luckily, this looks like an I.

There are no Y-based versions of these (try it; they’d blend so much you’d barely here the Y anyway), but we can do W-based ones:

  • ㅟ – WI: U is rounded, so add a I and it all sounded like WI.
  • ㅢ – UI: Distinctly a U-like sounds + I sound because EU is NOT rounded!
  • ㅚ – OI: This is the only weird one. The ㅣ part is not pronounced as I, but instead like an E (ㅐor ㅔas seen below). It’s just how it’s come to be pronounced now. It takes a bit of work to do a perfectly rounded U and then a perfectly straight-lipped I, so this “corruption” of the sound may make sense.

Finally, what I found the hardest, are the only two vowels with TWO vertical lines. They are both “e”-like, and in fact they are commonly pronounced similarly if not exactly the same. Technically, there should be a difference, and I finally came up with a way to “see” it: The right-most line is the principle one telling you the tongue is low and the mouth is relaxed, just like in ㅏ (a) and ㅓ (eo). However, the tongue isn’t too low – otherwise they wouldn’t be modified.

  • ㅐ – AE: Has two verticals, so it emphasizes the open space. Thus, out of the two, the tongue is lowest for this sound.
  • ㅔ – E: The only place to go is up, so just the fact that its modified tells you so the tongue should go a little higher. That’s all there is to it!

And then again, an extra line to signify the addition of Y:

  • ㅖ – YAE: Just Y+AE
  • ㅒ – YE: Just Y+E

And the W-based ones:

  • ㅞ – WE: U + E
  • ㅙ – WAE: O + AE

As I said, I personally found and the hardest to differentiate. I ended up remembering them by corresponding the two lines of ㅐto the two vowels A and E linked together. You only need to figure out ONE; the other will simply be “the other one” left over by elimination.

Here’s another idea ㅒlooks like + = , which would romanize to A + I = AI, the vowel sound in said, which is relatively close.

And that’s it! That’s the whole alphabet!

Remember: You Don’t Have to Learn It This Way

You may be better with more brute force methods. Flashcards, or just writing out the alphabet and syllables over and over (that’s how I learned Japanese kana). Again, the reason I show this method because if done right, this method CAN be helpful, and it shows one of the big reasons why the Korean alphabet is so special and unique.

This website (already listed above) shows one man’s personal mnemonics. You can see how silly some are, and some push the limits of how obvious or close the connection is, but it’s fine – it just goes to show you the kind of things you can up with on your own if you have to, as Benny Lewis’ article pointed out.

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Footnotes

*I say it’s visual, and it is, but you will see there are at least 2 other theories as to how the writing system developed. I have no interest in arguing which is true, because the main 3 all seem likely and believable. One is that they are pictures of different features of the mouth. Another is that the vowels (at least) are philosophically based, representing, ground, man, and heaven. The third is that the consonants (at least) naturally developed from earlier scripts. Regardless, the 1st is the one most valuable to us as a study aid.

**
So how do you make tense consonants? You build up more pressure in the mouth, squeeze a bit more, and release suddenly but not loudly or noisily – except for , which I’d say is more like the English s (while single is a soft S). It should be enough pressure to make the sound even if you did not breathe out any air.
“dinobuddy,” in a forum post I can no longer find, put this nicely when he said:
The best way to approach making these sounds: Pay attention to how your breath flows when you pronounce T, S, Ch and P. Much of the sound is the pressure of breath from your lungs. Now, [try your hardest] to re-create these sounds while holding your breath. You only need the air in your mouth to do this, but you’ll notice your tongue has to work extra hard to compensate for the lack of air from your lungs. You should have the sounds- now the trick is to integrate them into your speech!
When it comes to listening, I think , , and of course are easiest to distinguish because I would say that to an English-speaker’s ears, they sound like strong Bs, Ds, and Ss. can be easily heard as a G, but as I said before, it can sound weird. Don’t forget to watch the videos in my Korean YouTube playlist and take a good listen!
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  1. 2013/02/18 at 19:39

    Can you recommend any good audio source to go with all of your instruction. I’ve been using a good resource (a Korean alphabet chart) http://www.speakoutkorean.com/free-korean-alphabet-chart/

    The problem is that it’s so hard to tell if I’m using the right pronunciation just by looking at the Romanized spellings of the sounds! I need some Native Korean speaker audio!!!

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    • 2013/02/22 at 15:55

      Of course. Did you see the “Recommended Resources” section of this article? It’s near the top; I have a link to my YouTube playlist, and there are at least 3 different sets of videos to watch and hear the pronunciation.

      In addition, here are two links that I will put in my “Korean Resources” page once I finish it.

      http://www.indiana.edu/~koreanrs/hangul.html – May not be the best design (inconsistent art quality, sound playbacks overlap, some unclear pictures, etc.) but it’s useable. Has vocabulary as samples. Some are useful.

      http://rki.kbs.co.kr/learn_korean/lessons/e_index.htm?learn_id=0104 – Hangul audio is only for letter names, but there is a “pronunciation practice” section that seems pretty good; they seem to be real words, although they are not translated.

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      • 2013/02/23 at 03:43

        Thanks….no I didn’t see the “Recommended Resources” section! You have SO MUCH info on this page that I kind of ended op scanning it and picking out the things I wanted to learn.

        Thanks again!

        Ryan

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        • 2013/02/25 at 01:11

          No problem! And yeah, it’s a lot, definitely meant for you to just pick out what you need. If you ever share this post, don’t forget I did also post this article in 3 parts. :D Good luck in your studies!

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