Learn Korean: How to Write in Hangeul


One reason why Hangeul is easy to learn is because learning itself is fun. It feels like we are just sketching lines and circles that even young kids would enjoy it not knowing they are already learning a new writing system.

One thing to keep in mind is that a syllable in Korean is always composed of at least a vowel and a consonant... even if there is no consonant sound. What? How does that even work? To do this, you need to imagine an empty box where you need to fit some pieces together like a puzzle. Once it is complete, you can produce a sound.

THE VERTICAL VOWELS

The following are the patterns that involve the vertical vowels , etc. The letters ‘c’ and ‘v’ refers to consonant and vowel respectively.

A. The consonant and the vowel are placed next to each other.

 (poem)

B. A consonant is added below pattern A.

 (night)

C. Another consonant is added next to the consonant below.

 (life)

THE HORIZONTAL VOWELS

The following are the patterns that involve the horizontal vowels , etc. The letters ‘c’ and ‘v’ refers to consonant and vowel respectively.

A. The vowel is placed below the consonant.

 (nose)

B. Another consonant is placed below the vowel making three layers.

 (hand)

C. Another consonant placed next to the consonant in the bottom layer.

옮기다 (to move)

That's how Hangeul works- less complicated than Chinese and more simple than Japanese. For your exercise, find six words in the dictionary that follows the six patterns above. You may include the English meaning for vocabulary enrichment of other readers.