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Advanced Korean Vowels and Consonants

Ok, you’ve learned 18 Korean characters. Now let’s learn the 13 advanced Korean vowels, which are similar to the ones you’ve learned already.

1. ㅑ – this vowel sounds like ‘yah’.

2. ㅕ – this vowel sounds like ‘yaww’.

3. ㅛ – this vowel sounds like ‘yo’.

4. ㅠ – this vowel sounds like ‘yew’.

5. ㅖ – this vowel sounds like ‘yeh’.

6. ㅒ – this vowel sounds like ‘yay’.

7. ㅝ – this vowel sounds like ‘waww’.

8. ㅘ – this vowel sounds like ‘wah’.

9. ㅚ – this vowel sounds like ‘weh’.

10. ㅞ – this vowel also sounds like ‘weh’.

11. ㅙ – this vowel sounds like ‘way’.

12. ㅟ – this vowel sounds like ‘wee’.

13. ㅢ – this vowel sounds like ‘uh-ee’.

That’s the advanced 13 Korean vowels. Now let’s move on to advanced consonants!

Ok, these 9 advanced consonants should be the final parts of the Korean alphabet! These consonants are similar to the ones you’ve learned already. After this, you should be able to pronounce (almost) any Korean word by adding up the sounds together!

All of these consonants are almost silent when they appear at the end of a Korean word. Almost silent – meaning you should still mouth the pronunciation but not completely say it.

1. ㅃ – this consonant sounds like ‘b’ but with a stronger downward tone.

2. ㅉ – this consonant sounds like ‘j’ but with a stronger downward tone.

3. ㄸ – this consonant sounds like ‘d’ but with a stronger downward tone.

4. ㄲ – this consonant sounds like ‘g’ but with a stronger downward tone.

5. ㅆ – this consonant sounds like ‘s’ but with a stronger downward tone.

6. ㅋ – this consonant sounds like a strong ‘k’.

7. ㅌ – this consonant sounds like a strong ‘t’.

8. ㅊ – this consonant sounds like a strong ‘ch’.

9. ㅍ – this consonant sounds like a strong ‘p’.

That’s all the Korean characters! Now let’s review some Korean pronunciations!