Learn to read and write Hangeul (Korean Writing System) – Part 1 by TalkToMeInKorean.com

Learn to read and write Hangeul (Korean Writing System) – Part 1 by TalkToMeInKorean.com


[in Korean] Hello. [in English] Hey everyone. Welcome to Part 1 of the video series “How to Read and Write Hangeul”. This series is brought to you by: And: And I’m your host Hyunwoo Sun. Throughout these five videos in this Hangeul series, I’ll introduce how to read and write in Hangeul. And yes, Hangeul is the name of the writing system in the Korean language, or the Korean alphabet. Well, at first, before actually learning Hangeul, a lot of people think that writing Hangeul is just like drawing a bunch of lines, squares, and circles, therefore it is almost impossible to learn. But once you get to know how writing in Korean works, it’s not so difficult anymore. So let me show you how step-by-step. So, like most languages in the world, Hangeul has consonants and vowels. These are the main consonants; 14 of them. And these are the main vowels; 10 of them. And they sometimes form compound consonants or vowels. And what you do when you write in Hangeul is you put them together in a certain order and shape so that basically form a square shape with at least one consonant and one vowel. And that’s how a syllable in Hangeul is made. Any consonant or any vowel on its own without forming a square shape like this cannot make a sound. Okay, from now on we will be looking at the individual consonants and vowels and the sounds they make depending on which shape or which combination you put them together into. And since there are 24 main letters to learn and also some extra compound letters to learn, we have quite a few letters to go over. But don’t worry about it now, it won’t be as difficult as it seems at first. And you will soon realise that knowing one letter will often be useful in understanding how another letter works. So in this video let’s look at these 4 vowels and these 5 consonants. So basically, all Korean vowels can be made out of these 3 simple elements. The long horizontal line symbolises the earth. And the long vertical line symbolises a human being. And the dot, or a short line, symbolises the sky. And depending on which element is combined with which other element or which other elements, different vowels are formed. So the first vowel that I would like to introduce is this one: This vowel has the sound value of [a]. [a] [a] Very easy to write! [a] [a] A long vertical line and a short line to the right. This is [a]. But in Hangeul, since independent letters cannot make sounds on their own, if no consonant sounds like d, m, p, or, t, is attached to a vowel, in Hangeul, we use this circle-like letter, called “ieung” in Korean, to fill the gap. So now, although you know this is [a], you can’t really just write it like this if you want to express the sound so what you do is add the circle and you write [a]. [a] Okay, now let’s look at a consonant. This letter, this consonant, resembles the shape of your tongue when you say [g/k]. [g/k] And this is a little stronger than the English [g] sound so it’s between g and k so it’s often romanized in both ways as in 감사합니다 which means “Thank you” being romanized using sometimes g and other times k Okay now let’s put it together with the vowel you just learned. This letter plus this vowel becomes [ga/ka]. Repeat after me now: [ga/ka] [ga/ka] [ga/ka] [ga/ka] And as you can see the shape of this consonant changes a little bit depending on the font or your handwriting style but it’s basically just the same letter So now you can read these two combinations right? First: [a] [a] And [ga/ka] [ga/ka] [a] [ga/ka] [a] [ga/ka] Now let’s look at another consonant. This consonant is similar to the English [n] but you have to put your tongue between your upper teeth and lower teeth when you pronounce it. Now let’s combine it with a vowel. So the only vowel we’ve looked at so far is this one. So combine these together and you get: [na] [na] [na] So now you can read these 3 combinations. [a] [ga/ka] [na] [a] [ga/ka] [na] And now, let’s learn one more vowel. This is [u]. [u] A long vertical line and a short line below. [u] [u] But in principal, in order for you to read it, it should be like this, remember? So this is [u]. [u] And now, what was this? [ga/ka] And now, how about this one? Can you read this? Yes, it is [gu/ku]. [gu/ku] [gu/ku] And how about this one? Yes, it is [na]. [na] And now can you guess what this sounds like? [nu] [nu] [nu] Excellent! Now you can read these 6 combinations. [a] [ga/ka] [na] [u] [gu/ku] [nu] Now one more vowel. Similar to this one, which is like [u] but upside down, is [o]. [o] [o] Now you can combine it with other consonants and write [go/ko] [no] So–so far you can read and write: [a] [ga/ka] [na] [u] [gu/ku] [nu] And: [o] [go/ko] [no] Alright, now let’s add one more consonant to this collection. This consonant here has all 4 sides blocked, so think of it as having your mouth closed. [m] [m] So it’s a [m] sound. Now, can you read this? Yes, it’s [ma]. [ma] [ma] And how about this one? [mo] [mo] And: [mu] [mu] So let’s read everything from the beginning: (left to right) [a] [ga/ka] [na] [ma] [u] [gu/ku] [nu] [mu] [o] [go/ko] [no] [mo] Great! Just by watching this video for a few minutes, now you can read 12 different combinations in Korean. So now let’s add one more vowel and one more consonant to this group. The next vowel is this one.
(* I think he might mean consonant) And it sounds like th or d in English. Now can you think of this as a face turned to the left-hand side from your viewpoint and upper teeth and lower teeth touching one another and your tongue being in-between? Just like the English th sound. So combine with other vowels, it can become: [tha/da] [thu/du] And: [tho/do] [tha/da] [thu/du] [tho/do] Okay now let me introduce the last vowel for this video. Here you go: A long vertical line alone. This one looks like a capital i in English, doesn’t it? And yes, it is pronounced as [i]. [i] And now you can also read these combinations: [i] [thi/di] [mi] [gi/ki] [ni] And after watching this video up to this point, if you’ve been repeating after each letter all the time now you can read all of these combinations Let’s review together. [a] [a] [tha/da] [tha/da] [ma] [ma] [ga/ka] [ga/ka] [na] [na] [u] [u] [thu/du] [thu/du] [mu] [mu] [gu/ku] [gu/ku] [nu] [nu] [o] [o] [tho/do] [tho/do] [mo] [mo] [go/ko] [go/ko] [no] [no] Okay, so that’s it for this video, but before we go, let’s have a quick video quiz. Here’s how it’s done: You’ll see some people holding up Hangeul consonants and vowels to form combined letters and it’s your job to read them out loud before you hear the letter being pronounced. Ready? Here we go! [ga/ka] [ga/ka] [na] [na] [nu] [nu] [ma] [ma] [mo] [mo] [mu] [mu] [mi] [mi] [thi/di] [thi/di] [gi/ki] [gi/ki] Alright! Thanks for watching and be sure to download the .pdf for this video which is available free-of-charge in the description box for this video on Youtube or in the lesson post for this video at talktomeinkorean.com. And for more sample audio files and much more useful information about the Korean language visit koreanwikiproject.com. And, of course, if you have any questions, please feel free to ask us at talktomeinkorean.com. Thank you! (in Korean) Thank you!

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  1. Guys ttmik has already helped me out soooo much and I’ve only been learning for a week now. I can now successfully read 한글 (although most of the time I don’t understand what I’m reading)

  2. Just got my first 3 TTMIK books; Hangeul Master, Level 1 of TTMIK, and the workbook for Level 1. I'm hoping this video goes with Hangeul Master cuz I searched youtube and this came up.

  3. I'd hit 'Like' a thousand times if I could! <3 This is by far the best tutorial I've watched to fully comprehend the basics of Hangeul :') Starting from your clear voice, the explanations, the visual elements- everything- this was great to watch. I feel so grateful for finding this video! I'd watched tons of tutorials to learn Hangeul, yet this is the first one that has made me learn without making my brain and my time suffer <3 I'm feeling optimistic now!
    *Clicks subscribe crying 😀

  4. Thank you so much ! I'm a french student in Japanese and i found Korean soooo simple with Hangeul !! Compared to Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji ! I want to be ready next year for my double graduate in japanese and Korean, thanks for your helpful videos !! 🌸💝

  5. Hope you found this video useful! 🙂
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  6. Omg……. 😄😄i can't believe this….. i did so well .It's my first day of learning hangeul(20 Jan 2019)…….i m sooo proud of me……..👏👏👏I think i choosed right place for learning korean *I will work hard only for u BTS nd specially for u my TAEHYUNG*😍💜 This video has boosted my confidence…….. ✌Thanku so much MR….ummmm….wait….😄yeah….Mr.Hyunwoo Sun😊

  7. 8:12 Mo..Mo
    Me: Hirai Momo

    I've watched many videos teaching Hangul, and this is by far the most helpful. Thank you!

  8. I've had the Hanguel Master Book for 3 months now, I have been listening to the soundtraks, just watched this video and LIGHTBULB WENT OFF! THANK YOU HANGUEL MASTERS!

  9. The narrator: “can you guess what this sounds like?”
    Me: “uhhhhhhh….”
    The narrator: “yes! It says nu”
    Me: “I’m so smart”

  10. Without having a single knowledge about Hangeul and thought you were too quick with your explaination I surprised myself to be able to do the quizz at the end of the video. (And I'm not even an English native to begin with). Thank you, really fun to learn some basis.

  11. If you can't learn Korean, just learn Hangul. You can chat with friends or surprise relatives by writing down the English words in Hangul.
    No one would even guess that this is not Korean.

  12. Just got my begginer book pack and have started with the Hangeul Master book. This video is an amazing compliment to it. I cannot believe I am actually remembering stuff. Thank you so much for this video. Would love to see more content here on Hangeul. Gotta blame Ollie and Josh from @Jolly for getting me to fall in love with South Korean food and culture.

  13. yea I know I came here after 9 years
    but it`s because I`m young 11
    btwi have been using doulingo to learn Japanese
    and it was so good
    like the sounds were clear
    the system of teaching was awesome
    and I was learning so many words

    but when I decided to learn Korean in doulingo…
    i just failed
    like the sounds are the same
    here is an example
    there were two vowels
    one is like
    hae (as i can remember) and another one also was hae
    so when i hear the sound of them
    i get too confused because they sound the SAME!
    so I just wanted to give you an advice:
    don`t use doulingo to learn KOrean
    it`s ………
    not helpful
    (for me)

  14. 감사합니다! I actually can read and write it. But i wanna be able to read it as fast as i can read this alphabet 🙂

  15. Now this just proves i fucking suck at languages. My bitch ass can't even remember an alphabet designed to be easy wtf

  16. Many thanks to talk to me in korean groupe for this excellent channel which helped me a lot with learning the Korean language.

  17. Annyeonghaseyo 🌹
    You are amazing 😎 Thank's for you're videos, you are very good teacher, I learned the alphabet in 2 days only I can read but slowly, with the training it should go,
    Gomabseubnida bro 😉

  18. I blame kpop for my urge to learn Korean. This is so easy and well explained compared to Duolingo. Thank you!!
    I watch kpop videos to help me learn, NCT127 create a lot of videos that I find helpful.

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