Basic Vowels

Before we discuss compound vowels, here's a list all the vowels that you've seen so far, along with their "y-" counterparts. We've added two more of the basic vowels (they're highlighted in yellow). Click the Korean vowel to hear it pronounced.

KoreanRomanizedPronounced
a aas in father
eo eoas in lawn
o oas in go
u uas in sue
ae aeas in pan
e eas in ten
eu euas in put
iias in meet
KoreanRomanizedPronounced
ya yaas in Yacht
yeo yeoas in yawn
yo yoas in yo-yo
yu yuas in you
yae yaeas in yam
ye yeas in yes

Note: the distinction in pronunciation between ae and e is being lost in casual Korean speech among people who are under age 40.

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