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Let’s Read Korean, Part 1, The Consonants

The other day, I wrote an article about the writing systems in Japan and Korea, and people seemed to enjoy it, so I decided that perhaps I should teach you to read basic Korean and basic Japanese. Today, I will start with basic reading in Korean. The name of the basic Korean alphabet is hangul. I am going to teach you how to read hangul. I will start with the consonant sounds because they are the easiest. In the next blog, I will teach you how to read the vowel sounds, and then I will teach you how to put them all together.

King Sejong, the inventor of the Korean alphabet

Consonant Sounds:

= g or k

– g

= n

= d or t

= d

= r or L

= b or p

= b

= h

= s or sh

=ss or t

= no sound at the beginning of words or “ng” at the end of words

= j, but at times they may pronounce it like “ch”

= jj

= ch

= k

= t

= p

= m

In the next blog, I will teach you the vowels on this chart, then I will teach you how to put them all together to make words.

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