Consonants and Vowels

The Korean alphabet, like the English alphabet, consists of consonants and vowels. The vowels are the ones you have to buy on the game shows.

In the box at the left you see a Korean consonant in lonely splendor. This consonant has the sound of the n in the word name.

Man does not live by consonants alone; a language needs vowels to function. In the box at the left is the Korean vowel that sounds like ah, the vowel sound you use when you say aha, which is what you're saying right now, because it's so clear and you understand it! Click the speaker button to hear it.

When we put consonants and vowels together, we get syllables. The concept of syllables is the key to the Korean alphabet.

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