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Learning Korean
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  • fantasyfan

    Korean for starters

    fantasyfan 2009-01-04 05:33
    Ok I am basically making this up for those who like me have NO knowledge of the korean language at all! I tried to look at the other topics on korean language ...the lessons and all but I am still confused . So the main things I would like to know is 1) If there is a korean alphabet like the english one: A..B...C...D and so on. 2) if most names for things in english are the same in korean for example :
    Apples
    Horse

    are they called the same thing in korean language or do they have a different name for some things? I find it is easier ( for me anyway) to learn by site and sound and was wodering if it is possible to learn that way here or not. I would like to hear from anyone that has a opinion no matter what language you speak . Even if you speak good english or not .

    • Jumong
      #1
      Jumong 2009-01-04 18:17
      Good Question...How Many Alphabtes Does korean Language Have?
    • shinybald3
      #2
      shinybald3 2009-01-05 23:54
      hi I joined this club to help you a little about Korean language. My Korean name  is Ji-Eun. Anyway this is my answer for your questions.
      1)yes we have also Korean alphabet which is called Han-Geul including 14 consonants and 12 vowels. well I'm not sure the numbers are exact. anyway I'll explain them.

      Consonants :
      ㄱ/g/
      ㄴ/n/
      ㄷ/d/
      ㄹ/r or l / it's difficult. I'll mention later.
      ㅁ/m/
      ㅂ/b/
      ㅅ/s/
      ㅇ:no sound in the first place of a word, but pronounce /ng/ as a supporter of a word.
      ㅈ/j/
      ㅊ/tj/ or /ch/ for the chamber
      ㅋ/k/
      ㅌ/t/
      ㅍ/p/
      ㅎh

      well it's quite hard work to explain about Korean language in English.! Vowels would be written maybe tomorrow!
    • shinybald3
      #3
      shinybald3 2009-01-06 00:08
      2)Apple and horse are called differently in Korea. But as you already said some words are same.

      bus /버스/
      computer /컴퓨터/
      radio /라디오/
      drama /드라마/
      camera /카메라/...
    • fantasyfan
      #4
      fantasyfan 2009-01-06 07:09
      Thank you thank you! You have helped me to get a better undertanding of the korean language.I have a site that lets me use a korean keyboard  http://www.gate2home.com/ But once I changed it to korean from english I didnt know where the keys were or if they were the same LOL. So I didnt know what I was typing and couldnt really read it. So thank you again and anything you can think of that may be helpful to learning korean please feel free to post !
    • fantasyfan
      #6
      fantasyfan 2009-01-06 11:20
      I hope those websites help some. If i find more I will post them.
    • shinybald3
      #7
      shinybald3 2009-01-06 20:53
      fantasyfan: Kenya (fantasyfan)          케냐

      Here is a list of websites I found that may be helpful in learning / understanding the Korean (Hangul) language.

      1
      케냐 is exact in Korean.And the lists that you wrote down would be very helpful and that is much better that what I said. maybe I don't have to say the vowel parts.
    • fantasyfan
      #8
      fantasyfan 2009-01-07 08:08
      Well good I am glad that is right. Your information was very helpful too I still am glad for it. I used one of the sites listed to translate english to korean so I can talk to more people here now . thanks again for your help
    • fantasyfan
      #10
      fantasyfan 2009-01-09 13:02
      Wow thank you, that is a great site for learning. thank you for posting that. Now if i can find one that does english like that it would be good for learning english group
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