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Questions tagged [hangul]

To be used with questions dealing with the writing or reading of Hangul (한글,) the official writing system of Korea.

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Why does 한 is spelled “o*an” but is said “han”?

I'm fairly sure this question has been asked dozens of times but, since I just started learning Korean I'm very confused about the most appropriate way to look up pronunciation. I went through the ...
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How many different “blocks” can be formed from the letters of the korean alphabet?

A block (what Koreans would call a 글자), such as 답, consists of what I would call three "letters," while 다 consists of two "letters" (what Koreans might call 자모). How many such valid unique blocks are ...
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Should I learn korean with K-POP and dramas only or I need read a book school too?

hello I am beginner in korean language and I read a book about hangul and grammatic but I do not read book about history or school and I am learning korean language with K-POP and Dramas, should I ...
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Is the Korean alphabet to English charts the pronunciation or the actual meaning in English?

I’m a relatively confused Korean student who is very interested in learning but I have hit a wall. I understand the forming of a word using blocks/the structure, but the “alphabet” charts are ...
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Vertical and Horizontal Hangul for Fighter/Warrior (전사)

I just wanted to check. I want to get 전사 tattooed down my calf. Would it mean the same thing if it looked like: 전 사 I'm going for the first character over the second. Thank you for your time.
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“Warrior” in Hangul for shirts and other things

I was wondering how I could put "Warrior" on a shirt that would be the correct syntax and grammar to both English and Korean native speakers. Would "전사" be the correct way to represent the idea? As if ...
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“Warrior”, “Fighter”, “Strength”, or something along those lines for possible tattoo

I was wondering if there was a correct or fitting way to write these as a possible tattoo in Hangul. I have seen warrior as 전사, strong as 강한, and other forms. I know that usually, going from one ...
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Is there any tradition of writing Korean in a linear fashion, outside of syllable blocks?

The start of this film, the wedding day, has a stylised logo with the name of the production company written as ㅅㅜㄷㅗㅇㅕㅇㅎㅗㅏ. This is a way of writing that I can imagine might occur to someone who is ...
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Which way to write ㅊ

Which is the better way to write ㅊ? I've seen it written in 3 different ways like in the picture.
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Why is 한국어 not spelled as 한구거?

I am new to Korean, but I have read that each hangul spells exactly one syllable. When I looked up the spelling of 한국어 I saw a syllable break between the ㅜ and the second ㄱ, so that the last syllable ...
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Is there a reliable Hangul online transliteration service using Japanese kana?

This is my first question asked on this particular stack exchange site, I believe. I used to be a student of Japanology and I had growing interest in Korean language thanks gaming culture in Korea, ...
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Equivalent to “The Quick Brown Fox…”

I English, there is a sentence that uses every letter of the (English) alphabet: The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dogs (or slight variants of this) Here is another, more unusual, example ...
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How is Yi, as in Yi Dynasty, spelled in Hangul? [closed]

How is Yi, as in Yi Dynasty, spelled in Hangul?
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How to pronounce “나, 너” etc. correctly

When watching Korean dramas, I've often heard 나, 너 pronounced as either "na, no" or "da, do". Isn't it associated with the "n" sound? Have I misheard or is it OK to pronounce in both ways?
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How to write 'Study a little Korean every day' in Hangul?

I'm making a to-do list and want to add 'Study a little Korean every day' on it, but I want to write it in Hangul. Would it be like this: 조금 한극어 하루하루 공부하다? (I'm a beginner, sorry if this is wildly ...
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Complete end-to-end reference guide

I was wondering if there is for korean language a web site similar to the following made for japanese language: http://www.imabi.net http://www.guidetojapanese.org They are both a reference for ...
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Why are ㅅ ㅆ pronounced as a stop when they are in the 받침?

I can understand why when ㄷ ㅌ ㅊ and ㅈ are in the 받침 since they require a stop to be pronounced, but I don't understand why when ㅅ or ㅆ are in the 받침, they are pronounced as a stop since they don't ...
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When did writing Hangul left-to-right become more common?

My impression from seeing old documents is that Hangul was originally written vertically (top-to-bottom, in 'lines' that run right-to-left). Is this correct? If so, when did it start becoming more ...
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How can I include Hangul and Hanja in a website?

I am building a website using Hangul and Hanja. What is the best way to incorporate those characters in my computer code so that they render appropriately in web browsers? Are there any specific ...
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Is there a pronunciation difference between ᄉᅻᆯ and 서울?

I know that the central vowel in ᄉᅻᆯ ( if it doesn't render as a single syllable) is archaic. I know that Hangul/Korean has over the years simplified itself greatly, sometimes getting rid of redundant ...
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Why is the Korean language sometimes called Hangul?

Sometimes I see Korean people referring to their whole language as 한글, as in "한글학당". But as far as I know, 한글 is just the name of the writing system used in Korean, an the language itself is generally ...
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Are single character names common?

I was wondering if having only one character in your name is common or not. I was born in the US and not very familiar with the culture, so I'm not sure if it's odd or out of place. I've seen other ...
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Korean hangul with voiced, unvoiced and aspirated or not aspirated

Does anyone know where can I find Korean alphabet which tells if a vowel or consonant is voiced or unvoiced, aspirated or not? Thanks.
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What's the correct representation of letter “j” in korean?

I started learning korean and the book shows c/j as , while in other online resources I found it as ㅈ Is this the same, only the first is handwritten version and the second is print version? I found ...
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Is there a concept of letter names in Korean?

In English, "P" is called P and pronounced differently as if it was used in a word (usually, this is applicable for most letters in English). Is there a concept of this in Korean? How would you ...
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Cute Handwriting in Korean?

I have seen different fonts in Korean. Some are considered cuter than others. What makes them be perceived as cute? Are there some examples of cute handwriting? (in your opinion) Also, is it ...
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When to use single (ㅅ) or double (ㅆ) consonants?

Is there a rule generally to help remember when we would write double consonants like ㅆ, ㄲ, ㄸ, ㅃ, ㅉ instead of single consonants like ㅅ? For example, remembering to write 땀 for sweat, and not 담. Is ...
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Basic steps to take when learning Korean

Can anyone list basic steps needed to start efficiently learning Korean independently? I do live in a hole geographically, and I highly doubt that I could find a Korean person in a 100 miles radius (...
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Why did the Cia cia tribe in Indonesia choose 한 글 for the alphabet?

I heard that this tribe does not have alphabets to write. But instead using ABC, why they using 한 글?
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Maximum number of characters in a syllable block

I've seen a number of Hangul syllables that contain 4 characters (닭, for example) - is it possible to have syllables with 5 (or even more) characters in them? The Wikipedia page on Hangul suggests it'...
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How is Hangul composed with a keyboard?

The Wikipedia article on Hangul does not explain how it is typed. I understand that the 500 or so possible digraphs and trigraphs have been encoded as single unicode blocks, but I would expect that ...
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Why does Google ask me if I meant “South Korea” (*in Korean*) when searching for “eogksalsrnr”?

That's pretty much it. I assumed it has to do something with how the Hangul are represented in Latin letters, but the corresponding Wiki page didn't have any part of "eogksalsrnr" in the row where "...
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How does 15th Century Hangul writing/type differ from modern Hangul?

Foreign visitors to Korea will often become quickly familiar with the look of early Hangul documents and prints, as (being rather attractive!) they are often used for decorative purposes. Nevertheless,...
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Do the shapes of Hangul characters have any significance?

I can see that there is an obvious correlation between ㅜ and ㅠ, and ㅏ and ㅑ. But do all the vowels shapes in general relate to each other in any special way? What about the consonant shapes like ㅈ, ㅂ,...
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Are there any online tools available for entering Korean text?

This issue came up somtime during the commitment phase. How do I go about entering Hanguel?
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When should I use Hanja instead of Hangul?

How can I know when to use Hanja over Hangul, or vice-versa? Answers giving a bit of history/thorough explanation would be greatly appreciated.
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Is there any word that varies in length when written in hanja or hangul?

I've learned that due to Korean syllable structure, every hanja has exactly one hangul block long. Is there any Sino-Korean word (한자어) deviates from the rule (by colloquial sound change etc.) that ...
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How exactly is “ㄱ” pronounced/romanized?

As it's said almost everywhere, "ㄱ" is pronounced with a G sound and transliterated as G. However, it's very common to come across situations where ㄱ is romanized as K, specially in names, like Kim, ...
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When are ㅅ and ㅆ pronounced as stops?

I thought that ㅅ is pronounced /t̚/ at the end of a syllable block, but it seems to be an /s/ in 것은, even though 것 on its own is /kʌ̹t̚/. Does it depend on word boundaries, or is it just irregular?
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Hangul — printed vs handwritten

I learned to read/write hangul from printed text. I was very surprised that the hangul written by my Korean friends looks completely different! There seem to be many shortcuts, lines missing or ...
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How was the obsolete character ㅿ pronounced?

The character ㅿ is now obsolete. How was it pronounced when it was used?
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Should I learn Hangul as soon as I start learning Korean?

I'm learning Korean but Hangul looks hard. Is it really important, or can I get by with studying only Romanizations of words until I feel more confident?