Learn to read and pronounce Korean Hangul in 2 days

You don’t need a black belt in Taekwondo to master the Korean language, actually… reading Hangul (Korean writing) is surprisingly easy!

That’s the main point I am trying to make in this post. While the Korean characters seem complex at first, they are easy to read within one week. Skip the touristic English metro maps, and start learning the way the correct way!

Truth is that this information applies for a specific group, but I stumbled upon a few useful things to master the Language quickly.


Korean Language

There are about 80 million Korean speakers, with large groups in Korea, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Japan. There are more people that can speak Korean then there are people that speak French or Italian.

Korean language was previously written using Hanja, which ‘borrowed’ Chinese characters, but pronounced them in a Korean way. In the 15th century, the national writing system called Hangul (meaning Korean) was developed.

Master the alphabet in less then a day

I’m not going to write down how to learn the alphbet. There are many guides out there that done the same. I would suggest to do only one exercise: try to master this Flash game made by Aeriagloris. The game shows a letter, and suggests 3 to 5 answers to that question. It is good because the game allows showing either Korean or English writing of the symbol. Much better then flash cards! Master the 24 Hangul letters in less then a day. [edit: here is an alternative]

Writing Korean

Hangul alphabet is applied into syllabic blocks. Each blocks contains at least two of the Korean letters. Hangul may be written either vertically or horizontally. The traditional direction is the Chinese style of writing top to bottom, right to left.

Correct Pronunciation

My friend Byeoung Cho (designer) created a colorful Korean hangul practice sheets, which proved useful when I mastered my intonations. I decided to share his work for others that want to learn as well! Note: The grey characters indicate low usage. You’re invited to leave a “thank you” in the comments when you use them!

The pictures are A4 sized, click on them for full view.





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    Great post! To me at first is was a great revelation to learn the korean writing system Han-gul is in fact a real phonetic alphabet with only 24 ‘letters’ 14 consonants and 10 vowels, albeit it’s character like appearance alike Japanese and Chinese.

    I learned to read (in fact only pronounce) Han-gul with a great little book I got as a gift from a Korean friend.
    It’s called ‘Yes, you can learn Korean language structure in 40 minutes’. ISBN 1-56591-091-5
    written by Tungku Lee.

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    Wow thanks a lot for that. I already created my own way to learn Hangul (take a korean lyrics, try to romantize is and then check if it’s correct with the romantization of the lyrics.) I started about a week ago and I know most of it now. but I’ll try the game and the sheets to (if you don’t mind I”m going to tell about this at my blog). because it looks great:D

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    wow, very interesting post to me, as a korean! :-)

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    What are the characters that aren’t coloured?

  • Anonymous

    Ah yeah thank you Nacho, The guy who made this is a graphical designer and he made the combinations and realized that not every character is used. The grey characters indicate low usage.

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    exactly ‘not used’ characters.
    some characters are used in past age, but not used these days.
    but that can be pronounced.

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    Thank you. ^_^

    I’ve gotten the Hangul characters down thanks to this site.

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    That’s great! Why are you learning Korean?

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    Third, where I live has a high Korean population, and I figure I will be able to use Korean in the near future more than say, Japanese or Chinese.

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  • Anonymous

    hahahaha

  • Anonymous

    Thank you very much! The Hangul game was very helpful and so are the charts!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks alot for both the charts and the “game”! :D

  • Anonymous

    Great post! I am going to start Korean right away!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks a lot for this interesting pictures! :)

  • Anonymous

    What great sheets! I’ve written out similar things but they are so much nicer and easy to use! Thanks a bunch!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the charts!

    I’m a writer and some of my books have been published in Korean editions. So I am given complimentary copies.

    At first I just glanced at the book covers. Later I began to look at them a little longer; and finally I became intrigued with the “code-like” aspect of Hangul. Now I want to learn more.

    These charts will help me.

    Thanks again

    Dan Carrison

  • Anonymous

    very colorful and interesting charts you have here..
    thank you for sharing..
    this will help me to learn Korean language faster..

    =)

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    the non colored characters are “vowels”

  • Anonymous

    thank you very much for the pictures, it would be better if we can hear the pronunciation but it’s ok if there’s no sound ^^

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    hmmm… can somebody teach me hangul? well… i just had my spanish… hmmm… i wanted a more complicated one…

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    Thank you so much for the info. It actually helps a lot when learning what might seem a “difficult language” for us (westerns).
    Greetings from Mexico!!!

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  • pvg

    This is a great help. Thanks Joop!

  • mucharabu

    wow! thank you so much for the picture chart! it looks like it will come in really handy!! :DDDD

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    Thank you so much for this. I learned them by singing Old McDonald (ga na da ra ma ba sa etc) and another song for the vowels.

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  • Dan

    I just received my Hangul keyboard stickers. Pretty soon I’ll be writing on line in Hangul.

  • setsuko

    thank you very much :))))

  • was

    Thanks so much for the hangul charts but it seems to me that one of the charts is missing, weren’t there supposed to be three?

  • http://www.JoopDorresteijn.com joop

    Hi Was, thank you for your comment. There are three charts indeed, I have tried to find out which chart is missing but they seem to work for me. Can you try again?

    Best,

  • Someperson

    Hey thanks! That korean flash game was WAYYY easier than slowly memorizing the whole of the alphabet. Mastering the game only took me about 3 hours or so! (partly because of my knowledge of chinese too)The problem for me is pronouncing the words. Some of the words sound really weird and the sounds are hard to produce for a native english speaker. Thanks again :)

  • Andrew

    Thanks for the 3 charts, I’ve printed them off and i’m using them to study :).

  • Abbey

    Thank you so much for putting these charts up! I'm just starting Korean on my own, and I've been looking for a nice concise chart without a lot of explanation. And the color is brilliant!

  • aayda

    yay~~ thank you for the colorful hangul letters..i just want to improve my reading skills since im very slow at it.. so was hoping that i could read it easily especially goin to karaoke ':p

  • shirley

    thank you this is really help full

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    I am 12 yrs old

  • aeriana

    I am 12 yrs old and I think that this helped me good I can now speak more than 5 languages…….:)

  • Jinny

    Thank you so much! :D

  • Sonny

    Thank you so much!

  • El_radz

    thank you so much

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  • lily

    this really helps! thank you! greetz from germany

  • danabanana

    Hi. Just wanted to thank Byeoung Cho for the amazing pronunciation charts. <3

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    THANK YOU for the practice sheet!

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    this is soooo hard

  • Guest

    i really liked the pronounciation charts. Thankyou Byeoung Cho!!!

  • ParkHye

    I was searching for some charts for my students and these made my day.
    Thanks!

  • charlie

    thank you so much! this was great… i liked the game it was good… i have rosetta stone for korean and its really hard on there but the game was great! thanks again

  • joopdorresteijn

    Try our podcast at http://www.weeklykorean.com! :-)

  • Sam_austin316

    fantastic charts, thanks to yourself and Byeoung Cho

  • X Naome

    thank you heaps! / kamsamida ^^

  • lyz

    thank you

  • U-Know

    Jeongmal Gomapsumnida!!

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  • Flower_zairajane

    thanks for the chart!!!:)

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  • shirley

    Thank you for sharing these pronunciation charts.

    I hope you can post more informative materials.

  • http://twitter.com/cherrichik/status/29640317662 cherrichik

    http://bit.ly/cQDzDt this site has been a godsend in helping in learning Korean!

  • http://twitter.com/cbunny08 Yang

    Thank you for sharing the charts. I'm trying to learn Korean and this is very helpful.

  • Naz60

    thank you, the charts are really helpful :))

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  • http://twitter.com/garasha Gracia M Panjaitan

    Such a helpful chart! Thanks sooo much :)

  • Noody_ned90

    thanks a lot joop..its really help me…(^-^)

  • tari

    thanks for the charts! :) :) :)

  • ru

    thanks a lot! the best chart i've seen. :D

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  • muczumuc

    Many thanks for your beautiful and useful chart.

  • guest

    Thank you!

  • nottekangaru

    Thank you so much for the charts and the podcasts !

    btw, there are more French speakers then Korean speakers worldwide. You were right about the Italian though.

  • Tanyatanaka

    Beautiful chart and very useful! Thank you so much!

  • leeminhae

    THANK YOU~~ BEEN LOOKING ALL OVER TO FIND SOMETHING LIKE THIS~

  • PinkuHoshi

    So far these are the best charts I'we seen, thank you!

  • PR

    Thank You so Much for the CHART! =D

  • Jing

    thanks you for the effort to do the chart n_n

  • Cario_ito

    kamsahabnida!!!

  • Kervin_tay

    Thank you

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    Wow!

  • Violet2712

    Thank You!! ('',)

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    huwaa!! finally found a chart!!! i mean the PERFECT CHART! kkkk

  • Yyusmal

    it is very helpful. thank you!

  • Holly

    Thanks,
    I learnt quite alot from this
    =D

  • Nodame

    Thank you! Those carts are just GREAT!!!! It's helping me a lot!!! ♥

  • Lish_tan

    Great charts! Really really made my process of learning korean much much smoother and faster! Thanks a million!

  • Bamforth Emma

    one of the charts is missing TT.TT

  • joopdorresteijn

    for me the two work??

  • M o o n ^_^

    gam sa ham ni da !

  • Nahian165

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  • Zainab1_24_94

    Gamshaminda 

  • Djchamee

    Than you sir…………..

  • aggie_w

    thanks! XD

  • Zinc

    Thanks alot for this ^^

  • ECLlamalover

    thank you very very very much for the chart! I’m quite the visual learner so even the color helps!

  • Andriusblackmaia

    Tank you! The game is amazing! And the picture … TANK YOU!!

  • Stran9014

    Thank you so much. Made my life so much easier. (:

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    Thanks! This will be really useful :D

  • Ro

    thank you! this is a great chart!

  • Pops

    Thank you so much for the CHART! it’s colorful and interesting to use it for learn.

  • Taylorlisarocks

    this is really good site

  • Ciaran

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  • kodok

    thanks, it help me alot!!!

  • cppc

    Thank you!

  • Felipe

    Thank you so much for this! The flash game is immensely helpful, and the charts as well.
    One of the charts seems to be missing from the post but hosted on this site, as I found from a google search: .

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  • Dian

    thak You! i start to learn today…wish me luck!

  • 123

    Thank you!

  • aK

    The chart is great and so is the flash card game – I really thought it was going to take me forever to just learn the letters and sounds but I’m pleasantly surprised – thanks for sharing.

    aK

  • cynthiah

    THANK YOU!  :)

  • Sari Jayanthi

    thank you. this post very help me to learn about hangul

  • Go4rice1

    Thanks, Just what I needed to start my learning off!

  • Chris

    Thanks! Those charts are really great! :D

    If you can’t see all three charts (like me), just change the last number in the url of the chart. It’s 11, 21 and 31 for all three charts.

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  • Aaa

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  • Jhomason2003

    thank you  kam-sah-ham-nida  :)

  • Steveart69

    Hi, thanks for the game and the charts, I need every bit of help I can get at the moment as I’m trying to learn to speak and write Korean, and at the same time help my Korean wife to improve her English. I like the Hiragana game as well, but I’ll leave that till later maybe! 

  • Yaoi-theartofbeauty

    Hey thanks for the amazing Hangul Sheets, but where is the first one? could you ulpoad it for me?

  • Anonymous

    Good luck with your studies!

  • Anonymous

    Hi! Thanks for letting me know! Had to search a bit but the charts are back! :-)

  • viadrienne

    Thank you so much!

  • Dreghdkif

    this is great, thank you very much !!!

  • Marin

    thank youuuu .. ^^

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    Great post, awesome charts.

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    Great post, awesome charts.

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    Wow, thanks for the colorful chart! I’m trying to learn the Korean language, &  these charts will be of great help to me. I really appreciate it a lot!

  • Katjalollipop2000

    Thank you a LOT

  • http://twitter.com/icraveforyou021 Razzie Aguila

    I knew already how to write and read korean and my only peroblem now is how to spea, do you now a easy way to learn it? It’s kind a hard.

  • Risah_01

    thank you very much :)

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    Good Job!

  • Justin Greenwood

    Thanks!

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  • Karen_kates1991

    but how can we manage to understand this languege

  • Carmen Ngau

    Thanks so much for the colourful chart! It’s definitely helpful to me. =)One thing I wanna ask, are the romanisations written according to the real roman or written according to how it sound? ‘Cause in some sites I check,  (i)  ㄱis written as ‘k’ instead of ‘g’; and ㅋis written as ‘kh’ instead of ‘k’. (ii) ㄷis written as ‘t’ instead of ‘d’; andㅌid written as ‘th’ instead of ‘t’.
    (iii)ㅂis written as ‘p’ instead of ‘b’; andㅍis written as ‘ph’ instead of ‘p’. I would really appreciate it if you could explain to me which is the correct way of writing and also the pronunciation as well. Thanks so much! In advance. =)

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  • jian ming wong

    thanks a lot…i have used the hangul practice sheet to memorise the hangul…

  • Ethanhinkley

    The hangul practice sheets are awesome!  Thanks (and tell your friend thanks too)!!

  • http://twitter.com/denzelwynter Ashley B

    thankyou so much!

  • Debbie

    thank you for sharing these learning tools!

  • http://twitter.com/69NodQi nodame cantabile

    terima kasih or thank you. I want to learn korean language too but I don’t know how. Thanks.

  • Tamada

    Thank You so much, this is awesome, this is really going to make Korean easier for me!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001007565968 Amir Rahmat

    thanks a lot…the charts make it a lot easier to learn hangul (which i tried to learn from other sites but seems harder).고맙습니다!!!^^

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  • Madm6969

    hey dude! this was very useful, now if i could only get the pronounciations for the symbols. thanks man.

  • Jajaj

    The tables with hangeul are very useful and nicely done. Thank you :)

  • ngawang

    this is great….thank you…am a beginner korean learner and ur blog encouraged me to pursue learning it even further as u made it so easy..

  • Ejou

    Thank you for the charts they are so easy to read! Two days in and I’m reading (albeit a bit painfully) the pronunciations of Korean words, and will never need to be crippled by romanized Korean. I also hate to admit how much easier this was to acquire than the Japanese Kana… :/ (which I still love, lol).

  • Francisco

    This is excellent. Thank you so much for assisting other in learning your language, Mr. Byeoung Cho. Another special thank you to OP, for making this post to begin with.

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  • Sophy

    This is a really great! Helpful links and information. Easy to understand and learn from. Thank you!

  • From MA,USA

    Thank you! I am coming from learning the Japanese language and it is very different. I think Korean is easier to write and fun to speak. These charts made it so much easier to learn Hangul! Thank you very much!!!!!

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    Thank you very much! This will surely come in handy!

  • Suki

    Thx so much for all kind of information here, it’s so helpful and the charts are really great^^

  • thrall

    Thank you
    Byeoung Cho and Joop

  • bre

    Thank you so much it was very helpful.

  • arastal

    omg this is awesome! gonna print this out. thank you so much!!!

  • Lilac

    can anyone pls help to write the following names to Korean? will appreciate a lot!
    FERDINAND MAPA
    CECILIAN

  • Anonymous

    Dear Lilian, these are names, yes? i’m not Korean but i would write something in line of:
    FERDINAND – 펠으디난드
    MAPA – 마파
    CECILIAN – 새실이안

  • Lilac

    super thanks Joop!

  • Fannie Thoo

    daedaahee Gamsahamnida =)

  • http://twitter.com/EfiZurich Ineta Cesnaite

    Thank you :)

  • gunardo

    Byeoung Cho, thank you for the charts

  • Cao Fu

    The chart is really helpful, thank you!

  • Nina

    Thank you very much!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Dress.of.Red Kazi Hussain

    Thank you for these charts!!!

  • nt

    thanks a lot!!

  • GoMinNam

    Gamsahamnida so much Unni or Obba i know the language but never understood the symbols!!! this helped a lot.!!! :DD

  • http://www.facebook.com/d351ree Desiree Marietta

    Thanks for sharing the links And the charts, very useful! Got interested in learning at least how to read&write Hangul (learning the Korean language is a different matter altogether..) since it’s becoming increasingly ubiquitous lately..

  • maehwa

    thank you

  • vanessa

    these charts are amazing thank you so much

  • Megan

    Thank you! I’ve just decided to teach myself Korean and this chart looks great!

  • tinkatinka

    it’s awesome! thank you so much!

  • nabira

    super amazing!!!! thank you very very very much for sharing this useful and wonderful knowledge. Both of you have helped so many people interested in learning korean including me… <3<3<3

  • sgcharbor

    I’m trying to self-learn the language and these seem helpful. Thank you!

  • Nur Fatihah Mohd Radzi

    Useful , thank you :3

  • nijoelina

    thank you so, so much for the charts!

  • http://www.facebook.com/weronika.s.malinowska Weronika Saki Malinowska

    Thank you so much! It is exactly what I was looking for ^_^

  • linda

    thanks with that beautiful charts,,,it is useful to learn korean,,,

  • erwu go

    i want to know how to read korean, my research brought me here..thanks for sharing

  • http://www.facebook.com/luffkoala Lee Q’ri

    kamsahamnida :)

  • Sydney

    Thank you for al of the helpful posts!! It’s really great to use when learning Korean! :D

  • G

    This is great! Thank you so much! :)

  • Jessica

    Just a few weeks ago I learned how to read in Korean, but not all of it. I downloaded some apps on my iPad but they only teach you a few vowels and constanants and then you have to pay for it which I couldn’t do. So thank you so much for the charts :)

  • Faith

    wah tq so much,`~~

  • Rio

    thank u

  • farooq

    amzaingly easy way to explain alphabits, thanks

  • zi

    감사합니다!!

  • mike

    where do you live? go to some local Korean community where cluster of Koreans might gather periodically for function and get to know some of them; go to local Korean language school and express to the instructor your intention and see what s/he can help you?

  • UBERANGRIFF

    fckyeah

  • joop

    Dear Razzie, I study Korean for many years and struggled with this for years. Only now I force myself to speak (either learning lyrics out loud or talk with Koreans) I start to form sentences. It’s not easy but VERY rewarding. Go for it!

  • karagi

    thank you for this very useful easy alphabet to understand.

  • DeBora

    Thank You !!!!!!!!!

  • rezaneb

    hi! thank you for sharing this, it made me easier to learn hangul.. kamsahamnida! ;)

  • EJ

    Thank you for the charts!

  • http://www.facebook.com/MhikieF Mhikailah Louise Mahone

    Thank you :)

  • Mistque

    is this “ᄅ” r or l ? :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/frances.w.anderson.9 Frances Wolfe Anderson

    Oh My! These charts are incredible! Thank you so much for posting them!

  • ArthonDesign

    thank you very much for the charts! Awesome work!

  • Zaag

    Thanks! I just printed them! I’m sure it will be VERY USEFUL! and it will help me learn better!

  • secretgirl

    thank you( gamsahpnidah ^^) fighting!!

  • poko

    Thank you so much for the table….
    Its really helpful for me…

  • http://twitter.com/sealtielgalero Chiller

    Thank you so much! :D

  • Lutrinaë

    Yay! I hate to try to learn the language without knowing the alphabet, and I love those colored sheets, I think they’ll be very helpful! Thanks to your friend who made them and to you for sharing :o)

  • paris sol

    “thank you”

  • Shaunte Tomayko

    This chart is awesome!! I’m just now learning how to speak Korean so that my sister-in-law and I can have secret conversations :P. I’m such a visual learner and I always need something to reference back to, and this is perfect!!! Thanks!

  • Guyver2

    Where is ‘heo’ in the first picture?

  • Cat

    Who the founder

  • annymouse

    thank you i would really like to learn korean and the charts and games are sure to help

  • Erki

    There is far more french speakers than korean, french is one of the most popular languages in the world… There is even more italian speakers than korean ones (around 85mln).

  • lord

    Really thanks :) :) :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/fionndang Fionn Dang

    Thanks a lot for sharing. I wanna learn some Korean basics. These charts is ideal!

  • AjiajinYatSU

    thanks mate

  • http://twitter.com/SHOUnga_Alyssa Alyssa Kiana Flores

    Thank you so much! :) I really think this post of yours is the best way to learn the Korean language! :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/sefik79yilmaz Şefik Yılmaz

    Thanks too much for these usefully charts :)

  • meowmii

    the chart is made very simple and easy! thank you. but i know how to read and write. but my problem is building sentences, is there anywhere i can get help for this?

  • Ankita Suna

    thank you! this chart was very helpful and so simple compared to other ones.

  • http://twitter.com/glenmazza Glen Mazza

    Thanks–charts are excellent. It would be nice if two typos could be fixed though: the character “syo” on the first sheet is misspelled “sya” and the character “pwo” on the second is misspelled “pwa”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/haseeb.sial.37 Abu Affaan

    THANKS FOR SUCH BASIC AND NICE HELP,LIVE BLESSED

  • Anna

    The worksheets are really well-made. THANK YOU, Byeoung Cho!!!

  • azure yu

    thanks so much! heading to Korea in a few weeks so this would help so much!

  • nani hann

    thank you !

  • Virginia Anderson

    thank you soo much this really helped!!

  • William

    The charts are so helpful and perfect with the color coding. Thank you for sharing!

  • aifie

    thanks~~~ :)

  • 아이샤

    there’s no ‘F’ in hangul?

  • Fiiika

    Thank you so much! That simple game and those two charts helped me a whole lot to learn Korean! :)

  • Doralis

    Thank you so much for this post! With the hangul game and the photos I mastered the Korean alphabet in no time. When I meet someone who wants to learn hangul I always give them the link to this post. Please, don’t ever take it down. 정말 감사합니다!~

  • Lisa

    Hi Joop, this is terrific. I met you and Suna in the Hague at Christmas time – now we may head to your old country. What a great and wonderful surprise to find this here. Greetings to Suna -I’ve also downloaded her podcast. Cool Searl

  • dan

    very helpful, thanks!

  • Alexis

    whoa that is sucha great idea. !Thank you <3 :D

  • Jo

    Thankyou!

  • rainlove

    This is cleverly done, simple and handy, thanks

  • kenneth federico

    it actually took me 2 days to read and write hangul. No lie!

  • ♔ Warrior of Dream

    thanks for it, it’s really easy and this game is much helpful than rewriting letters over and over again

  • Hengul

    Thanks :) This is surprisingly helpful as other sites has such charts but not such clarity.

  • stella

    Thank you for the chart. I wish to read and recognize faster. :)

  • korean learner

    Thank you from Prague, Czech republic

  • Joong So-Min

    As I am reading… I see that you know nothing about the Korean language… NOTHING

  • wana

    thank u very much for the table…

  • Michelle

    Thank you for sharing the chart! I love the colors! :D

  • http://lovingkorean.com/ Oegukeen – from Loving Korean

    I think people see the syllabic blocks and mistake them for separate symbols that they need to learn, similar to Chinese characters. But luckily learning Korean Hangul is really easy :) I’m glad you let people know that.

  • Anonymous

    Hi Lisa, did you end up going to Korea? I’m curious what you think!

  • Becky P

    Very valuable charts here…. especially the color coordinating common ones versus uncommon, helps to review the more important ones with more frequency. THANKS! (I’m saying it in Korean aloud, but I can only type it romanized so far in my studies (O: gam sa hap ni da! )

  • Genesis Roldan Lombres

    Thank you for the pics!

  • ൬aryṧarah :) ♕☻♚

    thank you :) verry nice chart and very helpful

  • Miyo

    Thank you for the game/test. It is worth to try that because “repeating” makes me pictured all letters, then gradually you recognize all system and pattern. It will be becoming easier to recognize once you know the pattern. Try, you may take only a few hours to remember all letter in the game/test. :D

  • peggchiny

    the chart is so colorful is makes remebering them easy. thanks much!

  • elizabeth mefford

    Thank you so much. I have trouble with the compound vowel pronunciation and this is helping a lot.

  • Jay Bonillo

    Thank you so much!

  • maja

    first question: did i understand well direction RIGHT 2 LEFT? like arabians? so, it should be opposite then we’re used LEFT 2 RIGHT?
    THANK YOU in advance :)

  • amknightingale

    Thank you!

  • Jacob

    Traditionally, Korean is written in columns, starting from the right and going to the left. Like:
    4 1
    5 2
    6 3

    But now they right it just like americans. And in all honesty, as long as it’s described how it’s written, you can read/write it in any direction.

  • atenrok

    any chance you share a vector pdf of this? Thanks a lot!

  • Eugene

    Thank You

  • 루빈

    ありがとう!

  • Ghada Shokry

    thank you so much :)

  • Song Neul Ra

    These are great charts. I have been teaching myself to speak Hangul for over a year using a variety of methods, Barron’s, Pimsleur, Rosetta Stone and some free sites that I have found. Your explanations are so easy to apply. I will begin utilizing them in my learning to read and write the language. I think I “over think” the process and just need to relax and let my mind consume it unstressed.
    Komapsumnida :)

  • Rim Ben Salem

    i realy like it it easy to read realy thank you

  • Brandon Lawrence

    감사합니다

  • haneul

    si quiero formar una oracion que idioma debo utilizar para formarlo en coreano

  • Adeline

    thank you…

  • Chanaia

    Thank you for the charts!

  • asty_noona

    thank you..it helps me a lot..

  • SpeakOut! Languages

    I love the color on these charts! The one thing they are missing, though, is sound. If anyone is looking for a chart that has sound, this one is pretty good….http://www.speakoutlanguages.com/korean-chart/

  • DJacelyn

    Thank you. Newbie to Korean language. Using your chart to learn. :)

  • Purple D (JY O.)

    thanks ! it is very helpful ! =)

  • Love YA RA

    Big Thank……

  • xiuminLYN88

    thanks

  • noname

    thank you :)

  • Clemilton Gomes

    Dear Song.I am investing in the language and would like to know what was the method you felt was most productive. I am concerned about pronunciation.Does Rosetta Stone really work on that area?

  • Mar

    THANKS!

  • julie

    Thank you!

  • cristene joy carnesil

    thank you so much

  • Kris W.

    Thank you for this. This is a great material for beginner’s like me. :)

  • caichi

    thanks! :DD

  • jeverly augusto

    thhhhhaaaaaaaaaannnnnkkkkkkk yooooooooooouuuuuuuuu ssssoooooo muuuuchhhh!!!
    this is very great..!

  • elicia

    thank you :)

  • NOT Important

    Looks great! Will try to use it.

    I would remove the sentence about more speaking Korean then French since much of the North and east African continent has french as a main or second language instead of English… and also used as a language in benelux contries, swiss, and canada… do not forget about asia like vietnam and polinesia…
    Maybe 300 million can use the french tongue…

  • Lina

    thank you very much for this, it was exactly i am looking for.

  • lucy sharpe

    it was really useful! i am a student and this will be help me a lot when i visit Korea for my internship! thank you very much.. especially the character list with pronunciation.

  • Guest

    Cool komawa

  • thank you

    thank you

  • gemma

    This is very helpful thanks

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  • noniliza grace prado

    waaaaaaaaaaH! much helpful. Thank U ^^

  • Lynn

    Thank you♡

  • Safran

    사합니다

  • hyunnseul

    Thank you!

  • linna

    thanks:)

  • Sanne

    Thank you and your friend ^^

  • lovelikewhitney

    사합니다

  • ryan

    thanks for your help ..

  • riley

    these charts are awesome, and so is the link to the flash game. a big 감사합니다 to you!

  • snowey

    thank you!

  • Yanina Rosario

    Hi and I must say the charts are so colourful and pleasent to look at. HOWEVER, there are 2 things I would like to point out:

    1) Some of the hangul combination are greyed out completely. I would like to know the reason, please?

    2) Some of the hangul pronunciations are wrong. Example the one after peo is supposed to be heo but typed as hya instead. Is it possible to have the pronunciation mistakes to be rectified, please? So that in the future people especially learners of Korean who happen to bump into this website by chance do not make the mistake for the mistake made already?

    Thanks

  • telle

    thanks

  • Zach

    How are the compound vowels pronounced? Are they all long sounds, such that “ae” would be pronounced like “ah-ay?”

  • kasuni

    im sri lankan school girl iwant to learn korea what i should do kasuni

  • sierra

    like ‘ai’ in main. same with ‘e’ㅔ. these two are pronounced the same.

  • Leslie Neidig

    Thank you Byeoung Cho! These sheets are so helpful.

  • 命白了,我是厉害

    Thank you so much。 i love you。

  • Alex♥

    Thanks.. :D

  • Liza

    thank you very much for this. . .

  • mark

    sweet this is what i was looking for thanks a bunch

  • KILLJOYS

    THANK YOU SO MUCH 4 THIS

  • naeun

    korean doesn’t use all the combinations, they sometimes erase combinations with hard pronunciation, and that greyed combinations are examples of them.:)

  • velena

    thank you!!

  • Claire

    Than you thank you thank youuuuuuuuu

  • zulaikah jan

    thank you !

  • Annie

    thank you!

  • Ryan Recio

    merci beaucoup

  • Monica

    gracias, thank you, it’s so easy to learn with this charts!

  • Karen Vo

    THANK YOU

  • moe

    really thank you. but i need pronounciation where can i get that?

  • ❀ Nana ❀

    Thank you ♥

  • CLoudy

    Thanks~!

  • farhan

    thank you!! :)

  • Yemi

    Gamsamidaaa ~~

  • http://simonharms.com Simon Harms

    감사합니다 Joop

  • 레일라 Layla

    Thank you! 고마워요!

  • Abby Sutcliff

    Thank you ! ☜(⌒▽⌒)☞

  • grecia Brieño

    gracias :D

  • Jen Jen

    OMG I am Korean and I don’t think I know how to say all those sounds!

  • 하공주

    thanks!

  • Amoy

    Thank you.

  • yuuske haruto

    thank you

  • http://www.yourlifefitdes.ca/ Alexey Sunly

    Excellent! Thank you :-)

  • myra

    kamsahamnida!

  • Mike Stachowsky

    thanks <3

  • Matt

    Awesome! 감사합니다!

  • Ianne

    Thanks :)

  • 준현 조

    Hi, everybody, I am jun hyun from Korea.
    I am studying English alone..
    But I can teach you how to write and speak well for Hangul.
    And you can teach me about English.
    If you want to do like that, send an email to me.
    We can share and be good friend for studying.

    ksmark8543@naver.com

    if you use an app Kakao talk you can add me on this ID
    “ksmark8543″
    See you later :)

  • hanibal

    Thankyou

  • ondu

    thanks these site really works for me,. i almost can memorize the entire alphabets!! hehe

  • XeMae

    I am learning korean language by myself. i can share knowledge in harnessing your English speaking skills in exchange of teaching me korean. ^^

  • Ethan

    Thank You

  • jaizel

    kamsahamida…this is what im looking for………thanks a lot ^^

  • altar

    thank you

  • Partha

    Thank you very much..

  • Jae

    Thank you so much, maybe this will help me understand hangul a little more :) I’m tying so hard to learn but it’s proving to be quite difficult.

  • yamaki89

    thank you :)

  • http://lovelystate.tumblr.com/ Patty

    Thanks!!

  • Wizechoice

    Thank you, 감사합니다

  • yanie

    thank you dear..=)

  • vixx_voodoo

    kamsahamhida..
    ^_^
    i will memorize it,,,

  • vixx_voodoo

    neh…gonna add you on Kakao talk…
    :)

  • Whit_Rae

    I’m so glad your friend made these charts! They’re so helpful! :) Kamsahamhida!!!

  • Ri_Pi

    Thank you very much! This is very useful!

  • Ri_Pi

    Although, there is just a mistake on one, which is supposed to be pronounced as “ti”, not “ta” :)

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  • Dharmendra

    its awesome…………… thank you buddy.

  • yurika norukugawa

    kamsahamnida ! i will memorieze it too :)

  • Sleepingtiger

    Kamsahabnida, I ja ryo reul jal sa yong hal ge yo.

  • kriannabensui

    thank you. This could be a great start! ;)

  • Sheri

    감사합니다

  • Tia

    Thank you :)

  • g

    Thank you very much. Its helps me to read easier and find quicker than before.

  • joefox

    nice thanks… i learned Hangul overnight…

  • Christine

    Hi! I’m french and curently lstarting to learn Korean, this will help me! Thank you!

  • Stephen

    Kamsa hamnida! Buty how do I distinguish a long vowel (a vowel with a macron over it that requires a “long” pronunciation) from a regular one? Don’t they look different when written???

  • Jayrome L. Nuñez

    Thank you very much for this. :D

  • Joe

    Thanks for sharing this, really appreciate.. :D

  • lakmal

    Thank you very much Joop ) This is very intelligent way.

  • anjelika

    an_yeong mannasco bangapsumnida

  • anjelika

    you’r study of english me i m study of korea you know how to korean writing they have meaning if you whan’t to chat me if u have facebook chat me if u know how to korean writng have meaning thise is my email facebook anjelika tion chat me :)

  • CalmingChaos

    Hey! Thanks a lot for sharing this. Highly appreciated!! <3

  • Angie

    This is absolutely wonderful! The flashcards have proven very helpful in practicing and remembering hangul jamo also. Thank you and consider yourself bookmarked! ;)

  • Karolina Rasińska

    I love this, thank you so much :)

  • selma

    Thank you a lot!! My Korean course will be much easier for me now!!

  • pismol

    thank you so much!!

  • Grateful

    thank you!!

  • Fun6

    Thank you sooooo much

  • lee

    thank you soo soo soo much :)

  • Jane

    thank you :)

  • Justin

    Wow thanks so much I learned how to read Korean now!

  • Anonymous

    That’s great Justin!

  • YEN

    Thank you! 감사해요

  • meinhof

    Thanks!! this is exactly what i was looking for. very clear and understandable!