Hangul Alphabet (Memorization Tip)

Although most “Learning Korean” books and sites will teach you the characters in a different order based on usage rate ~ there is an actual official “order” or alphabet for Hangul.   Now, in English and Spanish each letter has a special “name.”  For example “G” is called ‘GEE’ in the English Alphabet and “S” is called ‘ESS’.  Similarly, “L” is called “ele” in Español. … Continue reading Hangul Alphabet (Memorization Tip)

Writing #Hangul ~ ㅎ

There are two different ways to write the character “ㅎ.”  My K-friends said it doesn’t really matter which one you use, just be familiar with both styles in case you need it for reading. 🙂 “H” (ㅎ) Version 1 – 3 STROKES  First – Start by making the very short vertical line DOWN at the top of your box.  Second – Right below Stroke 1, make a horizontal … Continue reading Writing #Hangul ~ ㅎ

Writing Hangul -ㅋ

Kh 2 Strokes  First – Starting on the top left make a horizontal line towards the right.  Then WITHOUT PICKING UP YOUR PEN! make a curved diagonal line down towards the left. Rather like the second version of the “G/K” (거) Second about halfway in the middle of the lower part of Stroke 1, start left and  draw a small horizontal line that connects to stroke … Continue reading Writing Hangul -ㅋ

Writing Hangul: Double Consonants (ㄸㅉㅃㅆㄲ)

“Double Consonants” ~ the 5 consonants that are written twice (ㄸㅉㅃㅆㄲ)  These consonants aren’t really “different” from the normal consonants they represent. However, they are said quite a bit more sharply (more aspirated almost) than their alternatives.  For example, the ㅃ is pronounced like the sharp “p” in stop.  Double Consonants are pretty much written the same as the singles – same stroke order and directions … Continue reading Writing Hangul: Double Consonants (ㄸㅉㅃㅆㄲ)

Writing #Hangul -ㅈ/ㅊ

There are actually two very similar, related characters –  ㅈ which says a form of “j” sound and  ㅊ which says a “ch” sound.   Since writing them is so similar, we’ll look at both together.  There are however, two different possible versions of ㅈ and three possible versions of ㅊ. You need to know all of the versions, because in my time in Korea I saw … Continue reading Writing #Hangul -ㅈ/ㅊ

Writing Hangul – ㅅ

“S(h)” (ㅅ) 2 STROKES First – Start on the top middle and make a slightly sloping / slanted line down to the left. Second – Starting slightly below the top of the first line make a second lightly slanted / sloped line to the right.      FINAL EXAMPLES (FROM TOP 6000 TOPIK WORDS) 속 (Sok) = The Inside 생각 (Saenggak) = Thought 소리 (Soli) = Noise / Sound Continue reading Writing Hangul – ㅅ

Writing Hangul – ㅌ

“T(h)” (ㅌ) 3 STROKES First – Start on the top left and make a horizontal line to the right. Second – Beneath the first line (in the middle) make a second horizontal line to the right. They should be the same length. Third –  Starting on the upper left of Stroke 1, make a long vertical line. Then (WITHOUT PICKING UP YOUR PEN) make a third horizontal … Continue reading Writing Hangul – ㅌ

Writing Hangul – ㅍ

“P(h)” (ㅍ) 4 STROKES First – Start on the top left and make a horizontal line to the right.  Second –  Starting on the left make a slightly slanted vertical line down. Third – Starting on the right make a slightly slanted vertical line down. *You’ll notice that on the computer or when printed in books/newspapers the “ㅍ” looks more straight up and down. This is … Continue reading Writing Hangul – ㅍ

Writing Hangul -ㅂ

“B/P” (ㅂ) 4 STROKES  First – Start on the top left and make a vertical line down. Second – Move a little to the right and make a second vertical line down.  Third. In the middle of Stroke 1, start a short horizontal line extending over to Stroke 2.   Fourth. At the bottom of Stroke 1, start a second short horizontal line extending over to Stroke 2. FINAL EXAMPLES … Continue reading Writing Hangul -ㅂ