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Hangul Vowels 1/2 (EKH01)


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Hello, guys. This is EASY KOREAN. So far with our Korean lessons we haven't really dealt with Hangul, the Korean alphabet. So I thought this may be the right time to introduce you to Hangul. Before we begin, let me talk briefly about what Hangul is.

廃越 (Hangul/Hangeul), the Korean writing system, was invented in 1446 by a Korean king, King Sejong, and his people. That would make Hangul less than 600 years old. That's pretty recent. Now the reason why Hangul was created is because so many people had a difficult time reading Chinese characters at the time.

There are thousands and thousands of Chinese characters like these and many people couldn't spend time to memorize these characters. So King Sejong thought why not create a new writing system that is really easy to learn. And that is exactly what he and his men did. So thank you, King Sejong.

All right. So let's get started, shall we? Just like in English, there are consonant parts and vowel parts. First, let's talk about the vowels. In this video, we are going to borrow a couple of consonant letters from the English alphabet, B and D. So here are some Korean vowel shapes.

Notice how the first set is made up of long vertical lines and the second set is mostly horizontal lines. The top parts go to the right side. The bottom parts go below a consonant character.

- This is called Ee, Ee. It sounds exactly like its name, 'ee.'
- This is Ah, Ah. It sounds like 'ah.'
(Yah), (Yah).
(Uh), (Uh).
(Yuh), (Yuh).

One more time. (Ee), (Ah), (Yah), (Uh), (Yuh).

- This is Eu, Eu.
- This is Oh, Oh.
(Yoh), (Yoh).
(Woo), (Woo).
(You), (You).

To repeat, (Eu), (Oh), (Yoh), (Woo), (You).

Now can you guess what this word is in English? This vowel letter () is called Ah. So it is 'dart,' dart.

This one () is Uh. So it is 'dirt,' dirt.

What about this then? That's right. 'Bird,' bird.

This sounds like 'boh,' 'boh.' Notice how the vowel shape is below the consonant and not to the right. This is because (Oh) has a long horizontal line.

This sounds like 'boo,' 'boo.' Again, because of the long horizontal line, it goes below B.

Now what is this? It says, 'bi bi di ba bi di boo.' Bibidi babidi boo.

All right. Let's talk about vowels some more in the next video. Please subscribe to our channel and I'll see you next time.

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