Korean Language Blog

Consonants Posted by on May 15, 2009 in Uncategorized

If you want to spell out a word in Korean, you’ll need to know what each character is called. Luckily, the vowels are just called by the way they sound, but the consonants actually have a name.

– giyok (기역)

– ssang giyok (쌍 기역)

– niun (니은)

– digut (디귿)

– ssang digut (쌍 디귿)

– riul (리을)

– mium (미음)

– biup (비읍)

– ssang biup (쌍 비읍)

– shiot (시옷)

– ssang shiot (쌍 시옷)

– iung (이응)

– jiut (지읒)

– ssang jiut (쌍 지읒)

– chiut (치읓)

– kiuk (키읔)

– tiut (티읕)

– piup (피읖)

– hiut (히읗)

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  1. atotwe:

    am not very sure how the Korean consonant ‘o’ is pronounced but on jenny’s 1 minute Korean it was pronounced like the vowel ‘u’ in English(it sounds like the ‘o’ in ‘you’)the words . i have noticed that some words like joh-ayo the ‘o’ sounds like English vowel ‘u’. so in which instances does Korean consonant ‘o’ have to sound like English vowel ‘u’? and how does consonant ‘o’ sound like? the word nol-da(to play) and mol-ra-yo(i don’t know) how do the consonant ‘o’ sound in these words?

  2. keith:

    The 이응 is always silent. It is a place holder for the previous consonant which makes the sound.