Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Learning to Read

Ian and I have our meeting with Julia tomorrow.  We had classes video taped, so we'll see if we get into trouble for doing a Halloween unit.

We've been working on reading Hangul, so I thought I'd let you all check out the alphabet and try your hand at it.


The asterisks denote a hard pronunciation with little air output.

Now for some easy words to practice with.  It's important to remember that each syllable is built in a box.  Boxes can't start with a vowel symbol, so if the syllable does start with a vowel, a silent place marker (the -ng consonant which looks like an o).  Two examples of this rule are found in the words for Mom and Dad:

Mom: 엄마 (uhm-mah, emphasis on the second syllable)
Dad:  아빠 (ah-pah, emphasis on the second syllable)
 Cat: 고양이 (k/go-yahng-ee)
Dog: 개 (k/gae)
Rice: 밥 (b/pap)
Water: 물 (b/mool)
Jecheon-si ('si' means city and the 's' is pronounced somewhere between a pure 's' sound and a 'sh' sound): 
제천시 (jay-chon-see)

While Ian and I were waiting for the bus this morning, we were practicing reading the Hangul on the signs.  We were quite amused when we sounded out the sign on the bakery across the street: 베이카 레.  Use the alphabet and see if it gives you a chuckle as well.

좋은밤 되시기를! (cho-uhn-bahm-duhee-s(h)ee-gee-ruhl).  In other words, have a good night!


  1. Oh, boy...I need more coffee before I even think about figuring that out. I'm impressed that you're both doing so well deciphering it all.

    I do find it fascinating that ma and pa...or some derivative of those m and p sounds, seem to be in most languages throughout the world.

    Hope your meeting with Julia goes well!

  2. Wow, I can't wait to give this a try. I have to say it looks a little mind boggling. Looks like you are grasping the language quite nicely.

    Good luck with Julia today.