The Korean Alphabet

Okay, look.  You suck at Korean.  That’s why you’re here.  To learn more.  Unfortunately, you’ve decided to learn Korean from someone else who sucks.  That’s not a good start.  In fact, I’d highly recommend you go elsewhere.  You should probably leave this page immediately, go to Google, and search for Korean language sites that don’t suck.

But, if you’re feeling dangerous, then let’s talk about Korean letters (한글).  You should really learn the “names” of each of the Korean letters.  Why?  Because you might need to ask someone how something is spelled.  Or, god forbid, someone might need you to spell something for them.  So learn how to pronounce the individual letters that comprise Korean script.  And pay attention because the letters ㄱ, ㄷ, and ㅅ are pronounced a bit differently from the rest.

ㄱ     기역
ㄴ     니은
ㄷ     디귿
ㄹ     리을
ㅁ     미음
ㅂ     비읍
ㅅ     시옷
ㅇ     이응
ㅈ     지읒
ㅊ     치읓
ㅋ     키읔
ㅌ     티읕
ㅍ     피읖
ㅎ     히읗

When you want to specify that something is a “double” consonant, like ㄲ or ㅃ, then you add 쌍 before it.  So ㄲ is pronounced “쌍기역”.  And ㅃ is pronounced “쌍비읍”.  Got it?

But what about vowels?  Well, they’re easy.  They are pronounced exactly like they sound.  No special names.  So the vowel ㅏ is pronounced “아”; the vowel ㅗ is pronounced “오”, and so on.  Got it?  I thought so.

And now you suck just a little bit less.  Pat yourself on the back.  Or don’t.  Whatever.