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Are you faced with the situation above? Don’t worry, it is actually very easy to learn how to read Korean words! By learning the alphabets, you will soon be able to read Korean words out loud, even though you may not know the meaning.

Vowels

as in (English)as in (Malay)as in (English)as in (Malay)
aCarSayayaYardSaya
eoSongJohoreyeoYonder
oRomeKopiyoYoyoAyo
uSchoolSatuyuYouKayu
euSay ‘Ooh’ with a smile 🙂eeMeetIkan
aeAtEpalyaeYanny
eEndBolehyeYes

Consonants

G/KKGG
N
D/TTDD
R/L
M
B/PPBB
SSS
At beginning: Silent
At end: Ng
J/CHCHJJ
H

 

Special case: , , , , , ㅎ all sounds like ‘T’ when they appear at the end.

For example: 빗 (meaning comb) is pronounced as ‘Bit’ instead of ‘Bis’.

 

After we have all our basic building blocks, let us form some words!