Korean is maybe one of the most difficult languages for an English speaking foreigner to learn, the first hurdle is the Korean / Hangul alphabet which is completely different from English. However it may at first look like a load of strange alien lines and circles to begin with, but in reality it’s quiet (not very) simple to learn. Just like in the English Alphabet the Korean has both Vowels and Consonants, and every complete symbol equals a single syllable. Therefore it is in time easy to learn the how to read Korean / Hangul with practice. This guide will show you the most basic way to read each character.
Firstly you have the 10 basic vowels which appear in every full Korean symbol. The table below shows how to read each in English.
Secondly you have the 14 different primary consonants, again if you look at the chart below you can see the rough English translation.
Finally if you put the vowels and the consonants together you get this chart, which shows the complete Korean Alphabet.
In part two we will look at the double vowels and then in part three we will look at the second consonants which will help you learn the rest of the Korean alphabet. After studying all 3 parts, hopefully you should be able to read Korean (at less basically).
For Part 2 – Please Click Here “Korean Alphabet Basics – Vowel Combinations (Part 2)“.
For Part 3 – Please Click Here “Korean Alphabet Basics – Tensed Consonants, Final Consonants, Double Consonants (Part 3)“
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