QUOTE(fk650 @ Mar 24 2004, 07:00 PM) [snapback]112540[/snapback]
I am Chinese and I can read Hangul.
I learned it in two hours, a Korean friend taught me. It is very easy to learn.
yes...the korean alphabet is very simple and easy. i learned the complete alphabet in a couple of hours. i taught my 10 year old sister all the simple consonants and vowels over 30 minutes. less than 10 minutes later i tested her and she was able to write simple words by herself...lol
whenever i visit my family,we give each other secret notes written in konglish...lol
i think that romanized korean needn't be such a pain at all. it is pretty straight i think. koreans are the ones making it a pain...lol
especially when it comes to the romanizing of vowels. for example: 정 written as jung when it should be jeong. it makes reading romanized korean really difficult when it's not accompanied by the korean alphabet itself.
i would confuse romanized 정 for 중...lol. unless u want to use it this way: jUng 정 and 중 jOOng. but makes it very difficult for english speakers...lol
this is the easiest system...atleast for me.
a = ㅏ
i - ㅣ
e = ㅔ
o = ㅗ
u = ㅜ
eo = ㅓ
eu = ㅡ
ae = ㅐ
ya = ㅑ
yae = ㅒ
yeo = ㅕ
yo = ㅛ
ye = ㅖ
yu = ㅠ
we = ㅞ
eui /ui = ㅢ
oi /oe =ㅚ
(sorry if i missed some vowels)
i think that the most confusing vowels should be the oi /oe ㅚ and the wi ㅟ
well,if u remember that all the "w" vowels are written with a ㅜ besides the WA ㅘ and the WAE ㅙ ,it should clear up ur confusion...lol
so everything else (vowels) starting with a ㅜ is a "w" vowel. got it? so,then the ㅚ can't be the "w" vowel WI...coz WI would be written with a ㅜ.
this is how i learned the consonants.
if it is situated at the beginning of a word or syllable...it is pronounced hard...example : BABO 바보 as opposed to PABO PAPO BAPO. i even came across it written as papoo...LMAO!
the only time the B would bepronounced P is if it is written in it's "aspirated"? form which is ㅍ. AND depending on it's position in a word...lol
the same goes for:
D = ㄷ
T = ㅌ
G = ㄱ
K = ㅋ
J = ㅈ
CH = ㅊ
there are rules pertaining to ㄹ...and letters that end in a "t" when at the end of a word for example "s" and "j" and so forth.
m ㅁ and n ㄴ doesn't change...generally...oh golly.
ㅃ ㅉ ㄸ ㄲ ㅆ is another ball game altogether. it depends on it's position in a word or syllable,but if that's too much of headache,then it's aspirated versions will do just fine. (which are the softer sounds pp,ch/tch,tt,kk,ss)
other complex consonants such as ㅄ ㄺ ㄶ....and so forth. basically,it's pronunciation is dependant on whether it is followed by a vowel or consonant. usually,if it's followed by a vowel it would,each consonant is pronounced.
as in 없어 eopseo
only the first consonant will be pronounced if it is followed by a consonant.
as in 없는 eopneun
and if it is no followed by another syllable,then it ends on the last consonant.
as in 닭 dak
the more complicated stuff,DON'T ASK ME O_O YET
when i first met my bf he spelled his name 종승 chong seoung...holy cow! i've since then managed to coerce him in to writing it JONG SEUNG.
so basically,if u want to learn romanized korean,DON'T ASK A KOREAN!!
they usually try to write it the way they believe it sounds like to a foreigner. so dak would become duck...lmao ^^;;
anyway,the korean alphabet can be learned in a jiffy,by anyone. it's actually really fun!
now if only i could speak korean T_T