Hangul Learning Resources to Study the Korean Alphabet

Obviously the Hangul learning pages on my blog are fairly basic and the Internet has countless sources you can use to look more deeply at language learning resources dedicated to the study of Korean. I have collected a few Korean language learning resources that I have used on my journey to learn Korean. I like using a variety of sites because one website isn’t enough.

How do I even start to learn Korean?

First things first: You have to take that first step toward learning Korean and that will be to learn how to read the alphabet. Luckily that part is relatively easy and I have several pages dedicated to learning the Korean alphabet. After you’ve learned the alphabet—which you can in just an hour! I promise!—then comes Korean grammar and Korean vocabulary building. Grammar and vocabulary will take a large amount of time, not going to lie.

I started with Duolingo for Korean, but found that for me the instruction didn’t explain Korean grammar enough for me to understand what I was doing.

HowToStudyKorean.com has helped me the MOST. The grammar lessons are very helpful to understand the complex and different grammar that Korean has, and they have Memrise study sets for each unit. What’s more, you can even purchase the exercises for various Units for a very reasonable fee. I found them to be helpful. So here’s my plug for them. Unfortunately, I have not been keeping up with my language learning journey but when I was trying that site helped me tremendously.

One more note: Many Korean words have Chinese origins. So it’s helpful to learn some basic Hanja characters. Written mediums often substitute these Hanja characters so they are helpful to know. I SUCK at Hanja but everything that you study can help you in your journey to becoming proficient in learning Korean.

Tiny Cards
Learn Hangul
Pronouncing the Hangul Consonants
Hangul Keyboard
Korean Keyboard

Hangul – ㄹ R/L

ㄹ = R/L

This letter (rieul) can be pronounced like an R or an L.. it’s sort of in between to be honest. At the start of a word it is pronounced like an R like in really. At the start of a syllable it is also pronounced like an R. At the end of a word it is pronounced more like an L like in the word seal.

stroke order for ㄹ
Stroke order for ㄹ

Hangul Lessons: ㄷ = D/T and ㄸ= DD/TT

The letter ᄃ (digeut) is pronounced like a D or a T depending on where it is found in a word or syllable. At the start of a word it’s pronounced like T, start of a syllable it is pronounced like a D, and at the end of a word it’s pronounced like T. Yes that’s a bit confusing but it helps me to remember that D and T sound very similar in English too, think of how they sound right in the middle between a sharp T and a sharp D sound and you’ll find the right pronunciation.

ㄸ = DD/TT

The letter ㄸ (ssangdigeut) is a strong dd/tt sound.

Stroke order in writing ㄱ
stroke order for ㄷ

Hangul ᄀ = G/K and ᄁ = kk

ᄀ = G/K

This letter (giyeok ) can be pronounced like a G or a K depending on where it is in a syllable. It can also look different, for example it can look like ᄀ or ᄀᅠdepending on where it is in a syllable. If it comes on the side it will be curved and if it is on the top or the bottom of a syllable it will be in its original form. Examples:
기 (gi), 길 (gil), 김 (gim)

Study words that start with ᄀ on TinyCards – a Duolingo site.

Stroke order in writing ㄱ
stroke order for ㄱ

ᄁ= kk

The second letter of the Korean alphabet is the letter ᄁ (ssanggiyeok ). It is a doubled giyeok ᄀ . It is pronounced with a harder kk sound thanᄀ.

See KoreanWikiProject for example syllables withᄁ.

Where I have been…

I don’t find that i have a lot to say so I hardly ever post on my blog even though if I thought about it I probably do have more to say. But I find that most blogs these days have become this curated thing where people sound like they are chatting with their friends but it’s usually a recipe site or something like that. Blogging, which I have been a part of since it was a very nascent medium has changed into something that sounds casual but usually has a purpose beyond just rambling about life.

Work is still work and I am still me, but that fluid progression of self has marched on and I have new facets to my identity. I find myself less attached to my job and more interested in other things for the first time since I finished grad school. I think we are taught in the US especially that our whole identity is found in our careers and that’s sad to me and I am distancing myself from that cultural norm.

Lastly we are socially distancing from the COVID-19 pandemic and I find myself with more time to post because I am working from home among the world-wide pandemic scare. It’s much different than facing the students for six classes a day and it thrusts the responsibility of learning on the students in a way that they’re unaccustomed to.

Life has been a whirlwind lately and the year since I have posted has been a whirlwind of good stuff. I will make a separate post about BTS in a minute because I plan on posting a series about learning Hangul to help out ARMY who might be struggling.