Hangeul (한글) Lesson 3

16 Sep

Hello again…
First of all, Thank you…

Thank you for anyone who viewed my blog’s posts even though basically there’s nothing here…
I don’t regularly checked my dashboard and blog’s stats, coz usually there’s almost nothing to see anyway… usually the statistics only move up when I posted something new… but then it’ll sank down again the next day until I post another new one…
So I find myself surprised today when I logged in today, the stats actually had something to show…
I’m happy… So thank you…

So what I’ve got for you today is the next lesson for Hangeul course..
Yep… We’ve got all the vocals down, coming up next is…


Just like the vocals, Hangeul’s got basic consonants and joint consonants…
I’ll try to cover all of the consonants here since it’s not as much as the vocals…
Huff… This is going to be a pretty long post… and also… explaining how to pronounce the consonants in Hangeul basically is a pain… you must hear it yourself to be clear, but I’ll see what I can I do… T_T

But, before we go on to the consonants list, let’s learn a little about syllable in Hangeul
It is important to learn this, to help us pronounce the consonants…

Well, there are no consonants or vocals in Hangeul that can stand alone (read : can be read on their own)…
Vocals and consonants must be arranged together to form a syllable to be read…
so if you see ㅏ,ㅑ,ㅓ,ㅕ,ㅗ,ㅛ,ㅜ,ㅠ,ㅡ,ㅣ, etc
They can’t be read actually
To read them you’ll need a consonants and arranged a syllable

There are two type of basic syllable arrangement in Hangeul
Both of them consists of one consonants and one vocals

Type 1 :

You see, this syllable arranged the consonants and vocals horizontally
The consonants comes first, followed by vocals
ㅏ ㅑ ㅓ ㅕ ㅣ ㅐ ㅔ ㅒ ㅖ
Syllables that contains these vocals uses this syllable arrangement…
examples : 아, 야, 어, 여, 이, 애, 에, 얘, 예

Type 2 :

This one, arranged consonants and vocals vertically
The consonants are written above the vocals
ㅗ, ㅛ, ㅜ, ㅡ
Syllables that contains these vocals uses the second type syllables arrangement
example : 오, 요, 우, 유, 으

easy right?
but what about the joint vocals? like ㅢ, ㅘ, ㅚ, ㅙ, etc?
which syllables arrangement we should use?
Answers : Both!!!
How? Why?
Let’s use ㅢ as an example
well, we need to write the consonants above the “ㅡ” vocals, but we have to write the consonants in front of the “ㅣ” vocals, right?
so here it goes…

see, the consonants will be written above and besides the vocals
examples : 의, 와, 왜, 위, 워, 외, etc…

Done with the basic syllables arrangement
actually there are another syllables arrangements in Hangeul but we’ll get there later on…
so let’s move on to the consonants…

First up, Basic Consonants

There are a total of 14 basic consonants
ㄱ ㄴ ㄷ ㅁ ㄹ ㅂ ㅅ ㅈ ㅇ ㅎ ㅊ ㅋ ㅌ ㅍ
To make it easy for us to pronounce them, let’s use some help by adding a vocals here, such as “ㅏ” (or if you want to challenge yourself, use the combination of ㅓ, ㅗ, and ㅜ)

if we add “ㅏ”, they’ll become like this…
, , , , , , , , , , , , ,

1. (g/k)
The Hangeul “” are pronounced betweeng” and “k” (I know it’s confusing, but it’s the truth… sorry)
so “ㄱ” is a “g” and “k”, but not pronounced simply like “g” or “k”, it is in between
Well, I explained to my self it was like pronouncing “k” with a little (juuuuusssttt a little) “h” after that… almooostt like “g”, a friend of mine desperately said that this was a “heavy” “k”… not sure what she meant, but maybe it’ll help…
let’s just simply said that this one are pronounced between “g/k”
so… is pronounced as “g/ka

2. (n)
This one’s easy…
” were prounounced as “n“, yes… a simple and easy “n”
try pronounced now… it’s easy… ^^

3. (d/t)
This one’s (as confusing as ㄱ, so bear with it) were pronounced betweend” and “t“, a heavy “t” my friend said…
well here’s what I wrote on my notebook when I was learning to pronunce this one:
pronounced as “t” with a little tiny bit of “h” end… almost sounds like “d” (ahahaha… confusing, but works for me)
is pronounced as “d/ta

4. (m)
Another easy one, “” were pronounced as “m
that figures are pronounced as “ma” ^^

5. (r/l)
” can be pronounced as “ras well asl
there are no difference between “r” and “l” in Hangeul
sometimes it’s pronounced as “r” while most of the time it’s pronounced as “l”
can be either pronounced as “la” or “ra

6. (b/p)
I guess you already know… But here is what my notebook read :
“pronounced betweenb” and “p“, pronounced a “p” that almooosttt like a “b””
are pronounced as “b/pa

7. (s)
” were pronounced as “s“, a short and easy “s”
read as “sa

8. (c/j)
just like ㄱ, ㄷ, and ㅂ…
” pronounced betweenj” and “c
I don’t have to write down what’s in my notebook, right?
are read “c/ja

This consonants has two function
first, are as a normal consonants
as a normal consonants, written before or above the vocals, “ㅇ” are not pronounced… it’s simply act as blank consonants in syllable that starts with vocal sounds (remember, vocals cannot stand alone in the syllable)
so, read as “a“, but ㅏ alone cannot be read

second function, as 받짐
When “ㅇ” were used as 받짐, it is read as “-ng
I’ll explain about the second function later, after we learned what is 받짐

10. (h)
” are pronounced as “h
so, read as “ha“…. 하하하하하하…
(lame joke, right??)

11. (kh)
” simply pronounced as “kh
my teacher said you must pronounced it strongly ^^
try holding a piece of paper in front of you face, and when you pronounced it, the paper must flew a little… hohoho…
read as “kha“!!

12. (th)
read as “tha” ^^ the explanation are a lot like the explanation for “ㅋ”

13. (ph)
yep yep… just like #11 and #12…
” were pronounced as “ph
that’s why read as “pha

14. (ch)
” pronounced as “ch
read as “cha

well… that’s all of the basic consonants…

next up, joint consonants… ^^
Hang in there a little while….

There are 5 joint consonants that has the same function as the other consonants we’ve learned so far…
but there are some more other joint consonants, but only used as 받짐
But since we’ve agreed we’ll talk about 받짐 later, soI’ll just cover the 5 joint consonants here, and will explained the others when we talk about 받짐 along with the second function of “ㅇ” ^^

Here are the joint consonants we’ll talk about…
, , , , and

1. (k)
” are simply pronounced as a clear and lightk
some people romanized this as “kk” but really… this one simply read as “k”
That’s why it’s important not to pronounced “ㄱ” as “k” ^^
read as “ka
Exercise : pronounced these syllables!!
가   카   까

2. (t)
” pronounced as a clear and lightt
read as “ta
Exercise : pronounced these syllables too…
다    타    따

3. (p)
” pronounced as “p
read as “pa
Excercise : 바    파    빠

4. (ss)
A little different from the other joint consonants
” pronounced as “ss
double “s” mean you must pronounced it strongly and a little bit (a little bit!!!) longer than “ㅅ”
read as “ssa“!!!

5. (c)
” pronounced as a light “c
read as “ca
Excercise : 자    차    짜

6. …..
That’s all!!
What a long post… T_T
sorry for that…

That’s it for today…
I’m sorry I can’t give a better explanation for the consonants
coz I’m as confused as you are… >.<
Thank youuuuu



Jung Dong Ha From Boohwal… Lovely voice… Lovely Songs…

6 Sep

For those who didn’t know,
Boohwal (부활) is a Korean Rock Band… They’ve been around for 25 years in korean music world, and is one of the living legend in Korean rock music…

Since 2005, Boohwal (formed by Kim Tae-Won, the genius guitarists) have new vocalist, named Jung Dong Ha…
It is said that Kim Tae-Won were amazed by his voice and chose him as the vocalist on the spot at Jung’s first audition…
-I’m glad he did that-

and yes…
He has those beautiful voice….
It’s really nice to hear… I love it from the first time I heard him sing…
Boohwal should really keep him as the vocalist forever…
Here’s one of the boohwal hit song with Jung Dong Ha as the vocalist… I hope you like it….
Oh… I forgot to mention!
He sounds really good in live performances too…
Awesome singer… Truly!!!

another one…
This one is the live version + another hit song (or should I say legendary song) called “Never Ending Story”

I hope you enjoy it the way I do…. ^^
Have a nice day….

Did you know? #1 and #2

30 Aug

Did you know???

Writing names with red color in Korean is a very impolite way to write names…
It’s like writing a dead penalty for someone… (>.<)
even pink, can be considered as impolite… ㅠ ㅠ ㅠ ㅠ

Ancient Korea was once called “Goguryo”, then later called as “Goryo”
But, since travellers have difficulty in pronouncing “Goryo”, slowly but sure “Goryo” changed to “Korea” ^^

Hangeul (한글) Lesson 2

30 Aug

It’s been awhile ^^…
sorry about that, but I can’t help it… Hehehe…
I’ve been doing nothing for the last 3 weeks, nothing!!! just be here and there, but doing nothing….
Today we’ll learned about the join vocals in Hangeul…
There are 10 basic vocals and 11 joint vocals in Hangeul…
Here are the 10 basic vocals I explained in the previous post (I hope you still remember them, but just in case you forgot bout them, feel free to check the previous post ^^)…
ㅏ ㅑ ㅓ ㅕ ㅗ ㅛ ㅜ ㅠ ㅡ ㅣ

joint vocals basically are vocals made up from 2 basic vocals joint together and create another vocals…
That’s a lame explanation, I know… My bad… T_T
So, here are the 11 joint vocals..

1 & 2. and
came from ㅏ and ㅣ, while came from ㅓ and ㅣ
these two pronounced as “e” like in the word “teh” or “hemat”
These 2 vocals are very similar, it’s hard to tell the difference during normal conversation… It really depends on the vocabulary…
some people romanized ㅐ as “ae” and ㅔ as “e”
but really, still no big difference between them…
you just need to memorize which word using which vocals… just memorize the vocabulary anyway…

3 & 4. and
You should be able to guess how this vocals pronounced… Hehehe…
this vocals were pronounced as “ye” as in the word “yes” or “Yerusalem”
came from and ㅣ, while came from ㅕ and ㅣ.
Like the previous vocals (ㅐ and ㅔ) these 2 vocals were also pronounced similarly (or should I say, the same way!)
no worries, though… you’ll be able to memorize it along with the vocabulary…

came from and ㅏ
this vocal were pronounced as “wa” as in the word “warrior” or “wanita”
Piece of cake right?

This vocal () came from ㅜ and ㅓ pronounced as “wo” as in the word “wolf” or “pangsit wonton (>.< yummy!!)”
or like saying “I” in chinesse… which is “wo“… “wo ai ni”

came from ㅜ and ㅣ
this vocal pronounced as “wi” as in the word “wicked” or “winter”
easy? next, next…

8, 9, and 10. , , and
came from ㅗ and ㅐ
came from ㅗ and ㅣ
and came from ㅜ and ㅔ
These 3 vocals were pronounced exactly the same way, which is “we” as in the word “well” or “wendy”

last but not the least,
came from ㅡ and ㅣ pronounced as “eui” or longi“…
I’m sorry but I can’t find any word that has “eui” in Indonesian or English that has the exact pronounciation like ㅢ T___T will update later if I found any…

well… I’ve told you all the vocals available in Korean… next will be the consonants… hehehe….

once again, I present you the vocals in Korean!!!
ㅏ ㅑ ㅓ ㅕ ㅗ ㅛ ㅜ ㅠ ㅡ ㅣ
ㅐ ㅔ ㅒ ㅖ ㅘ ㅝ ㅟ ㅙ ㅚ ㅞ ㅢ

ㅋㅋㅋㅋ see you next time with consonants lesson… ^^

annyonghigaseyo!!! ^^

Hangeul (한글) Lesson 1

28 Jul

I’m here again…
Instead of slacking off at work, I decided to share a little from my Korean class every Saturday here
Hope it can be any help for anyone (as if there are so many people reading this >.<)
I enrolled in a Korean class 2 weeks ago, and I had fun…
But it really isn’t as easy as I thought… if it’s painfull to memorize the tone in Mandarin, then memorizing the pronounciation in Korean is just as painfull as Mandarin’s tone…
Once you remembered the vocabulary, it’ll be easy to write down what people said to you, but if you just listen and try to write the hangeul (it’s not read hang-eul, but han-geul btw) without knowing what the word is, it’s just not easy!
so here I am trying to share what I have learned one by one, slowly, but I’ll try to be as brief as possible…

Today we’ll learned about the vocals!!! in hangul of course!
you see both english and Indonesian only got 5 vocals, wich is :
Right? correct me if I’m wrong, okay? ^^
in Hangeul, there are 10 basic vocals, and 11 joint vocals
First! basic vocals!!!
oh! I will explain the way my teacher explained to me… that’s why instead of writing down the romanization for the hangeul, I will try to use some existing words in Indonesian that will help you understand the right way to pronounce it!! ^^

10 Basic Vocals in Hangeul….

read as the “A” in the word “enak”
yes yes… Just the simple alphabet “A” in Indonesian! ^^
or how you would read the first vocals in “are” in english?
easy? let’s move on!

read as the way you read the first syllable in the word “yakin”
or the way you said yes in Indonesian, which is “ya!!” next,

This one a little bit tricky, basically it is pronounced as an “O”, a wide O… try shaping your mouth almost like you were going to say “A” but say “O” instead… don’t get it?
hmmmm it’s almost like you pronounced the double O in the word “flood” in English! next,

If you get the hang of the , this one should be easy… you see this one pronounced as “yo” but the “o” must be pronounced like the ㅓ, which is wide! yes! open your mouth wide, like you’re about to pronounce A, but say “YO” instead… ^^

This one still pronounced as “O“, but with sharper mouth shape… like you would read the “O” from “OK!” easy right…
try pronounce this repeatedly
ㅓ  ㅗ  ㅓ  ㅗ  ㅓ  ㅗ  ㅓ  ㅗ
confused? I know.. me too, at first… but you’ll get the hang of it… ^^

next is
this one read as “yo” but again with the pointy mouth shape… hehe… like you would pronounced the “Yo” in “Yoghurt!”
try to do the same thing and read this repeatedly
ㅕ ㅛ ㅕ ㅛ ㅕ ㅛ ㅕ ㅛ
6 down! 4 more to go! Hang in there Ok?

think those are confusing? here’s another

Pronounced like how you would pronounced “u” in the word “sudah”

Pronounced just the way like how you pronounced “you
simple? try this one… read this one repeatedly
ㅓ ㅗ ㅜ ㅓ ㅗ ㅜ ㅓ ㅗ ㅜ ㅜ ㅗ ㅓ ㅜ ㅗ ㅓ ㅜ ㅗ ㅓ
and don’t forget this
ㅕ ㅛ ㅠ ㅕ ㅛ ㅠ ㅕ ㅛ ㅠ ㅠ ㅛ ㅕ ㅠ ㅛ ㅕ ㅠ ㅛ ㅕ
get the hang of it? Bravo! you’re good!

the last two basic vocals are and

” are pronounced like how you pronounced the “e” in the first syllable of the word “kereta” or “enam”
you saw the word “Hangeul” up there? how you pronounced the vocals in the last syllable of the word is the exact way to pronounced “

” are pronounced simply like how you would pronounced the first syllable of “ikan” ^^

easy right?
that’s it for today, tomorrow we’ll learned about the joint vocals… ^^
oh here are the 10 basic vocals once again….

ㅏ ㅑ ㅓ ㅕ ㅗ ㅛ ㅜ ㅠ ㅡ ㅣ

Hope this will be helpfull ^^
and if you spot any mistakes, both in my english or korean, don’t hesistate to remind me ^^


a piece of my mind….

28 Jul

say you are standing by the end of a cliff, in front of you you see an endless gap and then accross that there is another cliff…
what will you do?
jump? or not?

Here’s what I think… Or try to think…
those who decide to jump… are either someone who got depressed and just want to let go, or someone who is optimistic…
I hope that many people who choose to jump are the second one though… it means that they see the whole problem differently… he didn’t see the endless gap as the final result, but as a challenge… and the next cliff across them are the results…
you see… There’re always 2 ways to see a problem in your life, and your vision and the way you saw the whole problem will affect the way you deal with the problem…
I, yes this foolish girl, want to see every problem like the second guy who sees the gap only as another challenge so badly…
but no matter how hard I try, there are times when I really can’t help it…
that’s how hard it is to be a positive person…
People here and there told us to be a positive person repeatedly and loudly…. but really, can they really be positive all the time? if yes… teach me please! I want to learn it so badly ^^
So, until the day I can see everything from a better persepective and be a positive person… I’ll just rely on my heart and people around me… My friends are awesome! they’re the positive energy in my life… ^^ but hopefull I can be the positive energy for someone else soon…

Oh right!
what about the person who choose to stay?
They’re mostly are people who are confused… Not sure about anything… or maybe afraid…
remember, if you never take a step further, you’ll never know…
so there’s no point staying behind… just keep walking!

but then again
I hope that in your life, you wouldn’t have to stand in any cliff at all…
be happy pals!

1st Adjustment (July 16th, 2010)

26 Jul

Hello there…
It’s been a while huh?
I have plenty of time to update this blog, but i just can’t bring myself to write anything…
ooo i had my braces adjusted for the first time more than a week ago…
one of my premolar moved (or turned) so the end of the elastic wire came out and poking my gums for days… I felt so happy when I finally came to the ortho to cut the wire… It hurt me so much, I can’t eat for days…
For the first adjustment, the ortho only changed the size of my elastic wire to a slightly bigger one
He said that it will give more pressure to the teeth and hopefully the teeth will move faster (i haven’t see any changes after a week though)
I also changed my elastic band color from white to sky blue, I have a tips here….
they’re easily stained by food or drinks, and will turn yellowish after 2 weeks… it looked so nice at first, but turned so ugly after 2 weeks… geezzz…

well that’s it for now… T_T
will update if I see any progress or had my next adjustment next month…