Korean Alphabet

Korean Alphabet

If you're trying to learn the Korean Alphabet you will find some useful resources including a course about pronunciation, and sound of all letters... to help you with your Korean grammar. Try to concentrate on the lesson and memorize the sounds. Also don't forget to check the rest of our other lessons listed on Learn Korean. Enjoy the rest of the lesson!

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Korean Alphabet

Learning the Korean alphabet is very important because its structure is used in every day conversation. Without it, you will not be able to say words properly even if you know how to write those words. The better you pronounce a letter in a word, the more understood you will be in speaking the Korean language.

Below is a table showing the Korean alphabet and how it is pronounced in English, and finally examples of how those letters would sound if you place them in a word.

Korean AlphabetEnglish SoundPronunciation Example

g (initial)
k (final)
as in gold - kit

n (initial)
n (final)
as in near

d (initial)
t (final)
as in day - hat

r (initial)
l (final)
as in rabbit - ball

m (initial)
m (final)
as in moon

b (initial)
p (final)
as in boy - map

s (initial)
t (final)
as in smile - rat

silent (initial)
ng (final)
as in kingdom

j (initial)
t (final)
as in joy - hat

ch (initial)
t (final)
as in chin - kit

k (initial)
k (final)
as in kid

t (initial)
t (final)
as in toy

p (initial)
p (final)
as in play

h (initial)
t (final)
as in hand - rat

gg (initial)
k (final)
as in great - back

dd (initial)
t (final)
as in desk - bat

bb (initial)
pp (final)
as in brain - snap

ss (initial)
t (final)
as in smile - rat

jj (initial)
t (final)
as in joy - hat

aas in father

aeas in pay

yaas in yacht

yaeas in yea!

eoas in young

eas in set

yeoas in young

yeas in yet

oas in yo yo

waas in water

waeas in waiter

oias in wait

yoas in yo yo

uas in cool

weoas in won

weas in wet

uias in we

yuas in you

uas in good

uias in wisdom

ias in sheep

Korean Pronunciation

You saw how a letter is written and might be pronounced, but there is nothing better than hearing the sound of the letters in a video or audio. Below you will be able to hear how the letters above are pronounced, just press the play button:

Korean Pronunciation

The alphabet and its pronunciation have a very important role in Korean, therefore they need very special attention. Once you're done with Korean alphabet, you might want to check the rest of our Korean lessons here: Learn Korean. Don't forget to bookmark this page.


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