Korean Chapter 1 Lesson 3: Forming Syllable Blocks

Hello everyone, for the last lesson we have gone over the basics of Korean vowels, and for the lesson before that, we have gone over the basics of Korean consonants. Now, for this lesson, you will learn about how to form Korean syllable blocks.

First off, there are two basic types of syllable blocks: One for horizontal vowels and other for vertical vowels. Here is an example (image courtesy of koreanwikiproject.com)

File:Syllable blocks1.png

As you can see, the vertically-shaped vowels are placed after the consonant while the horizontally-placed vowels are placed below the consonant. However, how will you write your syllable if your syllable ends with a consonant such as “saeng” or “song“?

The answer is simple. Just make another space beneath the already existing syllable block. For example:

saeng= sae (새)+ ng (ㅇ)= 생

song= so (소)+ ng (ㅇ)= 송

Now let’s practice:

Transcribe these Latin-script syllables into Korean on a separate sheet of paper:

Seong-gyun-kwan

Pen

Mul-byeong

Dak

Gae

Jip-sa

Transcribe these Korean syllables into Latin-script.

눅눅

먕테

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