Read and Write 한글 (Hangul): The Korean Alphabet
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Read and Write 한글 (Hangul): The Korean Alphabet

Learn to read and write Korean characters!
4.8 (24 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
258 students enrolled
Created by Braden Thompson
Last updated 8/2015
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  • 41 mins on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Read, write, and pronounce all 40 Korean vowel and consonant letters
  • Read, write, and pronounce basic Korean words
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  • Writing materials
  • Optional: Install the Korean keyboard on your computer or mobile device. Instructions for doing so are included in the course.

Learn the basic structure, shapes, and sounds of the Korean alphabet!

There are 40 letters in Hangul (the Korean alphabet). This course will teach you all of them along with their shapes and sounds. No previous Korean knowledge necessary!

This is a quote unquote crash course in Hangul. Even if you have zero experience with Hangul, or Korean in general, this course will guide you step-by-step as you learn to identify, write, and pronounce the letters of Hangul. In this course, you will learn how simple it is to write in Korean while learning the sounds each character makes.

Tested by History

Prior to the 1440's, Korean was only read and written in complicated chinese characters (hanja) making it very difficult for anyone outside of high-class individuals to become literate. In 1446, King Sejong The Great announced the creation of a simpler alphabet (Hangul) to try and fix that problem. His goal for creating the new alphabet was to make it easy enough for anyone to learn to read and write Korean in the matter of a few hours. That's exactly what he did and that's exactly what we intend to do in this course.

Content and Overview

You will begin your journey with a brief history of Hangul and an overview of the structure of Korean words. Once you have a basic understanding of how Korean is structured, we will learn the 10 basic vowel letters and 14 basic consonant letters. After that, we will learn the 5 double consonants and 11 compound vowels.

Throughout the course, you will learn how to properly write and structure these letters to form words. It is crucial that you write each character on your own and practicing the pronunciation as we go along. Doing so will help you master each one faster and make it easier when we learn to read and write a few fun words in the final section.

Personalized Help

As the leader of this course, I understand I have a great responsibility for the learning of my course participants. I take that responsibility seriously and will work hard to see that all of your questions are answered to your satisfaction. It is my goal to answer any question you ask within 24 hours. At the end of the course, there is also a section dedicated to answering your questions where I can answer with a video if necessary.

Remember, at the end of the course you will be able to read and write basic words in Korean!

Throughout the course there are supplementary documents that you can use to further your study of Hangul. If you take this serious, you will find yourself with a newly acquired skill in Korean in a matter of hours! Let's get going!

Who is the target audience?
  • No previous Korean knowledge is required. This course is designed specifically for people who have never had any experience with Korean. Also, If you have learned the Korean alphabet but need a refresher course, this is also a great way to strengthen up your skills. If you already know the Korean alphabet and are looking to start learning grammar and vocabulary, this course is not for you. This is strictly to help people become familiar with the basics of reading, writing and pronouncing the characters of the Korean alphabet.
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Curriculum For This Course
4 Lectures 02:50

If you want to install a Korean keyboard, the instructions for doing so on a Mac, PC, iPhone, and Android are included in this document.

Optional: Installing The Korean Keyboard
3 pages

A quick summary of the history of the Korean alphabet known as Hangul.

Preview 01:02

The basics of Korean word structure.

Preview 01:26
4 Lectures 07:45

Don't forget to use the downloadable PDF of vowels to practice writing and pronouncing them.

Vowel Review
4 Lectures 15:48
ㄱ, ㄴ, ㄷ, ㄹ, ㅁ

ㅂ, ㅅ, ㅈ, ㅇ

ㅊ, ㅌ, ㅋ, ㅍ, ㅎ

Don't forget to use the downloadable PDF of consonants to practice writing and pronouncing them.

Consonant Review
Compound Letters
3 Lectures 07:35
ㅔ, ㅐ, ㅒ, ㅖ, ㅢ, ㅚ, ㅙ, ㅞ

ㅟ, ㅝ, ㅘ

ㅉ, ㄸ, ㄲ, ㅆ, ㅃ
2 Lectures 05:49

Now that you have learned the basics of structure and all the vowels and consonants, it's time to put that knowledge together and learn your first words!

Word Practice

These are a few basic Korean words that you should be able to read and write now. Practice reading and writing these until you can do it without referring back to the lessons.

Practice Words List
1 page
Your Questions Answered
2 Lectures 02:02
Any Questions?

Answer For Jamie: How Words Are Put Together
About the Instructor
Braden Thompson
4.8 Average rating
24 Reviews
258 Students
1 Course
Writer, Editor, MSC, Korean Speaker

Hello, I'm Braden Thompson! I am passionate about learning and equally as passionate about sharing what I have learned with others. I began my study of Korean in 2007 and spent two years living in and around 서을 (Seoul). During that time I was completely dedicated to learning the culture and mastering the Korean language. I became fluent within a year as I continued to deepen my understanding of vocabulary and colloquial speech. As a white guy, I may not have native pronunciation, but I do understand some of the best ways to master Korean. I was once in your shoes, and I know exactly what it takes to master the language from the ground up.

As a participant in my courses, you have access to everything I've learned. If there are additional resources needed to help a specific participant, I will strive to produce those within 24 hours. This is how I intend to continually tweak and improve course quality to best suit everyone enrolled. I look forward to working with you!

For those who want to know a little more about my personal life, I recently graduated with a master's in strategic communication. I love writing, reading non-fiction, relaxing in my hammock, golfing, and having open conversations with strangers. I also strive to use a lot of my personal time helping others, so Udemy is a wonderful complement to my lifestyle.