Learn Hangeul Part 2 : Meet Hangeul

18 Oct , 2014  

How to read Hangeul (saungkorea.com)

Learn Hangeul

Hi! Good to see you again ^^

So we learned something about Hangeul on the past lesson. Alphabet and Hangeul writing system are different, so don’t treat them like one another. If you don’t remember what we’ve learned before, check the part 1 of this series here.

Are you ready to learn? Let’s go.

So Hangeul has two major components, vowels and consonants.


How to read hangeul (saungkorea.com)

Hangeul components

Each of the group is divided into two smaller groups. On vowel component, there are 8 basic vowels and 12 complex vowels.

How to read Hangeul (saungkorea.com)

Vowels in Hangeul

On the consonant component, there are 14 basic consonants and 5 double consonants. Seems a lot? Don’t worry because they’re pretty simple to use and you can master it fast if you keep practicing~

How to read hangeul

Consonants in Hangeul

Below, there are combinations of vowels and consonants in a syllable.

How to read hangeul (saungkorea.com)

Vowels and consonants combinations

Some combinations written in line, some written vertically, some combination of both.

How to read hangeul (saungkorea.com)

Syllables in Hangeul

 It’s simple, right?

To complete today’s lesson, I’ll give you Hangeul Rule #2 :

How to read hangeul (saungkorea.com)

Hangeul Rule #2

Hangeul use syllable system. You read and write Hangeul in syllables.

Imagine the components (vowels and consonants) are members of a team. To form a syllable, both of them must form a team. A single consonant or a single vowel doesn’t count as a team. Never swim alone (Penguins of Madagascar reference).

ㄱ alone can not be read, ㅏ alone can not be read. And ㄱ ㅏ (ㄱ <space> ㅏ) is not the same with 가. A vowel and a consonant stand next to each other don’t mean that they’re a team. They have to form a team and help each other in order to be read. This is the meaning of Hangeul Rule # 1 in Hangeul lesson part 1. We can simply read alphabet if they ‘stand’ next to each other, but not with Hangeul.

Sometimes Hangeul learners write ㄴㅏ ㄴㅏ instead of ‘나나’ (nana).
And now you know that it’s incorrect~ Don’t treat Hangeul like alphabet 😀


Well, maybe some of you ask :

Really? I feel that I saw Hangeul written separately. What is that, then?’

“How should I read these Hangeul?”


The questions above will be answered in the next Hangeul classes.

So wait for it and be patient 😀

Read and write Hangeul is not difficult, but still, you have to put your effort. Fighting ^^!


Class dismissed!


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