So You Want to Learn Korean
alright alright alright welcome to class kiddos (what am I saying I'm a kid).
So you want to learn Korean? You've come to (hopefully) the right place.
Now, I'm no native speaker but I have been doing this for a while so let's be study buddies yeah? First things first: Hangul (한글) pt. 1 Introduction.
Hangul is the Korean alphabet*, it is made up of 24 consonants and vowels.
Here are some basic rules to know and follow:
For every consonant you need a vowel
and vice versa. It takes two to tango.
Every consonant-vowel grouping* represents one syllable.
*Did you catch that? It's not a pair but a group because there may be more than one consonant in a syllable. I'll explain this in a later post. Feeling overwhelmed or nah? If you are, take a short break and come back. Don't do this all in one go. Hangul (한글) pt2 : Basic consonants. Yeah I said it basic , there's more but for now, we'll just take a look at them and their names and their quirks. ㅂ bieup
* ㅇ also acts like a place holder in some cases. Unlike the others it's silent at the beginning of a syllable and ng at the end
** ㄱ will change shape when it's paired with a vowel.
Consonants also sound different depending on their placement.
hint: look at the names of each consonant.
You see the first and last letter in the name? They are one way to remember how they sound. For example, take ㅂ(bieup):
If I see it at the beginning, I pronounce it like b , if I see it at the end , then I prounounce it like p.
Cute right? Follow this rule for all basic consonants. You'll get it in no time. So concludes the first two parts. Congratulations to making it to the end , you did good! Here have a (Jung)kookie.