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The Korean Alphabet

Posted by on July 25, 2011

Yeah, I know, this site is supposed to be for advanced learners, but I’ve found that a lot of visitors are still in the beginning stages of their Korean-language odyssey. I can’t just leave this sizable group high and dry, so I’ll do a few posts on elementary Korean from time to time.

This post covers the basics to the Korean alphabet, Hangul. We did, however, discuss some high-level vocab in here too: “규탄,” “규율” etc. So unless you’re so advanced that you already know those words, you may still glean some useful expressions from the video.

 

20 Responses to The Korean Alphabet

  1. dextet quipao

    how to start study in korean alphabet? i want more knowledge.

  2. imane

    JE VEUX APPRENDRE LA LANGUE KORéENNE SARANGAE KOREA CHAMP

  3. Steve

    Hi,

    Could you respond with any tips you might have on pronouncing ㅅ and ㅆ? Example: 사 주세요. vs. 싸 주세요.
    I understand the difference in theory, but I still struggle with pronouncing ㅆ. It would really help if you could give a practical example (sounds like “…” in the English word/phrase “…”). Any info on tongue placement, etc. will be appreciated.

    가르쳐 주셔서 너무 고맙습니다.

    Steve in Berkeley

    • Michael

      Hmm… That’s a toughie. Envision you’re in a 노래방 and your friend is really belting it out. You may encourage him by yelling something like “Sing it, man! Sing it!” imagine the way you might lean on the “s” in that phrase for emphasis. It’s kind of like that. With your run-of-the-mill “ㅅ,” the tongue never stops moving: after coming close to the roof of the mouth, it immediately retracts. To produce the “ㅆ” sound correctly, your tongue has to stay at the roof of your mouth for a much longer period.

      Try that and let me know how it works.

      -M

  4. Sam

    Michael,
    You’re a living example that a foreigner like me can also learn Korean. At first, I thought it was so difficult but then – I was wrong. It’s only a matter of practice all the time and of course your willingness to learn.
    Your portal, KoreanChamp.com,is a very helpful avenue for learning.
    I wish you could have more easy to learn clips and recorded lectures on video.

    Congratulations and i hope to meet you when get there.

    Keep up the good work.!

    Sam

  5. karen

    koreanchamp is very goodsource of of knowledge whos interested to speak korean language.. thanks …..

  6. Waqas khan

    i like korean and learn korean language

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  8. imal amarasiri

    this is very important to learn Korea Language,thanks lot for your dedication …

  9. aida

    i like to learn korean actually learning another languages is my desire 🙂

  10. arfan

    I really want to know how to speak Korean.. I never been there, but it will happen someday soon.. Teach ME!! I am very interested..

  11. Azeem

    I want learn korean language because it is usefull

  12. merryliwa

    i love to learn korean language…pls. help me

  13. shy

    speaking korean language is my desire. however, i can not even pronounce those alphabet. Eehay moht algaysumnida. i thought it was all like this. kamsa hamnida.

  14. anjie degran

    I really want to know how to speak Korean.. I never been there, but it will happen someday soon.. Teach ME!! I am very interested.. Is this FREE?

  15. anjie degran

    I really want to know how to speak Korean.. I never been there, but it will happen someday soon.. Teach ME!! I am very interested.. Is thif FREE?

  16. winona971

    huhhuhu.i;m from philippines i want to learn how to speak in korean,….pls/../….is it hard?

  17. kharina nova

    hi i want learn more korrean

  18. thila

    all level to daunload me

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