Questions tagged [hangul]

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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?
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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Unusual hangeul syllables in 1920's handwritten Korean?

(This is a question about handwritten Korean, I don't have enough reputation to create a new tag for handwriting.) My Korean grandfather's notebook contains a chronology of the places he went while ...
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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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Korean words whose pronunciation differs unpredictably from the spelling

There are several Korean words which have a pronunciation that differs from the spelling in an unpredictable way, like 내과 (actually pronounced like 내꽈) and 여권 (actually pronounced 여꿘).1 As far as I ...
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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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Complete end-to-end reference guide

I was wondering if there is a website for learning Korean similar to the following sites made for learning Japanese: IMABI and Learn Japanese: Tae Kim's Guide to Learning Japanese. They are both a ...
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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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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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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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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 was your experience learning to type in Hangeul on the keyboard?

What was it like for you to learn how to type in Korean on a keyboard? I'm two semesters so far in my Korean classes. One of my keen challenges has been typing in Korean on my smartphone and ...
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Where can I learn Hangul without any Romanization at all

I am a complete beginner in Korean, and I am just trying to learn Hangul. I believe that it is better to learn Hangul and not associate any of the words or letters of Korean to Romanized alphabet. ...
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How to make obsolete Hangul display correctly?

When looking up etymologies of Korean words that apparently involve hangul characters that are no longer in use (for example 따뜻하다 < 다 , 다) I usually only get to see those boxes with their ...
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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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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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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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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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What are some examples of reforms to Hangul proposed in the past?

Wikipedia mentions how historically, several spelling changes and even new characters were proposed for Hangul. What other changes have been suggested throughout the history of Korea?
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A ㅜ that looks like a ㄱ, a bit confusing, is this common?

It took me a long time to figure out the first syllable is actually 우, for me it looked like ㅁㄱ although that would not be a real syllable, and neither would be ㅇㄱ. It's not ambiguous but still ...
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Distinguishing between nearly identical letters. (ㅎ and 종)

"ㅎ" is a single letter (hi-eut). But it is not what appears in "종", where the "ㅗ" and the "ㅇ" are two distinct letters. Is there something obvious (which I can'...
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How to tell syllables apart

I’ve just started to learn Korean, so I might be asking something that’s obvious... but I sometimes struggle how to do syllabication when it comes to writing. For example ‘kakyeok’ I thought would be ...
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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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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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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 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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Does Korean render Japanese names according to how they are read in Hanja?

I observed once how the Japanese name “咲良” was rendered into Hangul as “사쿠라,” instead of its equivalent pronunciation in Hanja (which according to Google Translate is something like “소량”). Is this ...
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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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What is the word in this image?

The attached picture is of some Korean calligraphy, and as a sanity check I wanted to confirm how readable it is. Can anyone tell what this word is, and if so, how easy/hard was it to recognize it?
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Is there a hangul syllable frequency list? (or most common every day hangul syllables?)

I want to create a hangul font but as I'm not going to do the full unicode block in one shot (or even at all) so I figured I could start with the most common/used syllables and release incremental ...