hangeul learning | lovely korea
Here are the 14 consonants of Korean. These consonants are later coupled with a vowel tomake a block shaped syllable.Before we get started, I'd like to tell you a little secret: Each consonant above contains a hintabout how to pronounce it! When designing Hangeul, King Sejong took into considerationthe shape of the mouth when making each sound. Below is an explanation of this system, aswell as information on how to write each letter. It is much easier to memorize Hangeul if youpractice writing the letters out for yourself. Please make note that the stroke order is quitevital to ensuring legibility, so it is recommended that you learn the proper stroke order rightfrom the beginning to foster good habits. Luckily for us, we can make all 14 consonants bysimply adding strokes to 5 consonants in pink. So let's start with those.
THE FIRST FIVE
The first consonant in the Korean alphabet is
and is said to have thequalities of a tree according to Ohaeng, the philosophy of the 5 elements.
makes a sound that is fairly close to the sound of hard G in English. Theshape of
represents the shape your tongue makes when you pronounce it.See for yourself, try making a hard G sound and notice how your tongue draws upward and tothe back, like in the drawing.
" comes next with a sound just like an "N" sound in English. When wesound out the letter "
" or "N" our tongue actually flattens down andbackward while the tip goes upward. As mentioned in the section onOhaeng, "
" has the qualities of fire.