OK guys, first thing first before we start to learn Korean, we have to be familiar with hangul or the Korean alphabet! If it’s hard for you to memorize all of them in one go, it’s okay, you can still refer to this page again in the future.
Even for me, it was hard to memorize hangul. In fact, it took me several weeks to actually get the hang of it. The key is to practice writing and speaking the words out loud. When you write it on a piece of paper over and over again, it gives your hand and brain to adjust to this writing system. Also when you say the words while writing it, you’re practicing the pronunciation.
You can see the complete table for all the character combinations below. I know it looks way too much to memorize, but for now, we just need to focus on the basic characters, which is the first table (Table 1). I still put the others as your future studies, you can definitely apply the same technique for the rest.
*The ones that are in greyscale (not colored) don’t exist.
There are 14 basic consonants. You can start by grouping the consonants into several groups. Let’s try to divide them into four groups.
Next is the 11 basic vowels which are divided into five groups. Notice that the characters from group 1 – 4 are similar? They face the same direction and every time you add another dash or straight line “— or |” they will add the word “y” in front of them.
#2 Write Them Down
Prepare a piece of paper or maybe a book then write them down. Write each group several times until you feel comfortable doing it, don’t forget to write both of the Korean characters and the romanizations.
After you’ve gotten used to writing each character, it’s time to combine them. Just follow along with the word combinations from Table 1 and memorize them based on the group we created.
Start with the first group (both consonant and vowel) ㄱ ㄴ ㄷ ㄹ + ㅏ ㅑ then move on to the second group of vowel ㄱ ㄴ ㄷ ㄹ + ㅓ ㅕ. Continue to finish the first consonant group with the rest of the vowels before moving on to the next one.
Don’t worry if you make some mistakes while writing it, it’s part of learning. Just keep it up until you’re good at it!
That’s it for our premier lesson. Don’t forget to practice and till next post! So, you’ve learned the basic hangul, why not try and write your name in the comment section below! \(^o^)/