Learn How To Read Korean

If you're interested in learning Korean, and you don't know where to start, then it is a good idea to begin with the Korean alphabet. By learning about the Korean alphabet, you can start reading the Korean in literally 30 minutes.

Yes, it doesn't take a lot of time to learn how to read Korean, because Korean is a phonetic language. English is a phonetic language, but Korean is more so as most of the consonants and vowel have only one particular sound.

There are 14 consonants and 10 vowels in the Korean language, and there are additional 5 double consonants and 11 double vowels. On top of this,  there are 11 final double consonants. It all seems complicated when you start to think about all those doubles. However, once you learn the basic consonants and vowels, you'll be able to read most of the words in Korean as you become familiar with the sounds each consonant and vowel has.

I recommend following methods to learn how to read Korean. Once you memorised the sounds of consonants and vowels, try to read simple words, for example a lion or a tree which only require 2 consonants and 2 vowels each.

As you learn to read these simple words, you'll gain confidence to learn more about other simple and easy words. Gradually, you'll build a list of vocabulary you can use in your writing and speech.

Lastly, I recommend you use the online tools to read these Korean words. Online Korean dictionary and Google translate can help you how to pronounce these words, and if you can get hold of audio recordings or videos, watch them to recognise the correct pronunciations used by native speakers of Korean.

There are many audio recordings available on this website, please check out the far right-hand column to listen to many different words and sentences in Korean. All the best!

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