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The Korean Script (lesson 1)

Hangul, the Korean script, may look like Chinese or Japanese to you right now, but it is much easier to learn, because the characters are a combination of 24 letters and some variations, an alphabet, rather than a few thousand more or less random drawings.
Even without any talent for languages you can learn to read, write and pronounce anything in the Korean script in just 6 easy lessons, some of which you might feel tempted to do straight one after another, but lets take it day by day. So let's start! *It is strongly advised to go through the lessons in order.
The first Korean letter you should learn is Bieup: ㅂ This is a consonant and it's pronounced asporb. Of course you can't read anything with just this one consonant, so here's a vowel to go with it: ㅏ This is the vowelaas infather. Now, in order to combine them into a Korean character, all you have to do is to try to fit them into an imaginary little square box. This is done by writing the letter ㅏ right next to ㅂ, like this: 바 {(ba) bar} Can you guess how this character is pronounced? It's pronounced "ba" and it's the Korean word for a bar. Easy, isn't it?
Now, the next important letter is Nieun: ㄴ This is a regularn. Can you guess how to writenanow? 나 Every character represents one syllable, so if you wanted to writebabafor example, you would need two characters, one for eachba. Now it's time for a little exercise. Try to read and understand the following word. 바나나 {(ba-na-na) banana}
*Every Korean syllable has to start with a consonant.* That makes it easy to identify the beginning and end of syllables, but what about syllables that start with a vowel, such as the beginning of the famous Korean greeting "annyong haseyo"? Those syllables need a placeholder consonant that isn't pronounced. Since its influence on the pronunciation of the syllable is zero, it is written like a zero, too.(That's how you can remember it anyway) O It is calledIeung. So the syllableawould actually be written as아. Here are some words for practise: 아바 ××××name of a popular band 아바나×× capital of Cuba {(a-ba) Abba} {(a-ba-na) Havana} *there is no korean character for v so ㅂ is used*
One more thing for today: it is possible to have syllables that end in a consonant. This typically occurs when there is a cluster of two consonants in the middle of a word: one consonant then forms the end of one syllable and the other forms the beginning of the next syllable. Fitting two consonants and a vowel into a little square box is a little more tricky, but not impossible. In most cases you write the first consonant + vowel next to each other as before and then put the final consonant below the two. For example, this is the syllable ban, which has no meaning of its own: 반 Time for another exercise. Can you read the following? It's a name. 안나 ××personal name {(an-na) Anna}
Did you manage to read that? If so, I can promise you that you have everything it takes to be able to read Korean fluently. This was in fact the hardest lesson of all, because you didn't have any previous knowledge. The next lessons will build on what you learned here and you will find them easier, also because you will be able to practise reading much more once you know a few more letters. In the next lesson you will learn a few more letters and many more words.
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I am so excited right now. I have a workbook and I have slowly been learning the Hangul alphabet but I couldn't read any words yet and could only recognize a few characters. So I did have a little head start and I knew about ㅇ and how it worked, and I new ㅏ. But I just read 언니 and I am so excited. I just read hangul!
@Sailynn his name is Anakin but we all call him Anna Banana. @BBxGD Here you go girl. I hope you find this helpful.
@Sammy393 @MichelleIbarra is right, it had not crossed my mind. I had only thought to bring the vingle community an easy way to read write and speak korean. I figured if i had onlh put the link it would not have help as many people. I sincerely apologize for not citing it and i will fix that but next time please message me first.
@Sammy393 I'm not going to lie, I appreciate you telling us, but don't you think you should have contacted her first instead of releasing it to the public? Plagiarism might have not crossed her mind. Just saying.
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