Learn To Read/Write Korean (Hangeul)

(PLEASE NOTE: I am not a native Korean speaker and I taught myself Hangeul so I’m not an expert.)

As a Kpop fan I come into contact with a lot of Hangeul, which is the term for the Korean written language. Maybe you think it’s too hard because like me, you speak English which has totally different letters than Hangeul. Don’t worry, I found it’s not actually that difficult, Hangeul is probably the easiest East Asian character system to learn. The letters are formed in a very simple and straightforward way. Most Korean children learn them before they even start school. Hangeul is presented in syllable blocks. For example we would write ONE with the letters next to each other but in Hangeul it’s written 일, as a syllable block, combining the letters 이 and ᄅ. Once you learn the individual letters, you will be able to read the syllable blocks. When I first started teaching myself Hangeul I thought that the syllable blocks were letters, similar to Chinese, and that I had to learn each syllable block, lucky for us, this is not the case.

Two things I want to point out quickly before I show you the letters.

1. Syllables must follow one of two patterns:

  1. Consonant – Vowel
  2. Consonant – Vowel – Consonant

2. The size and location of the characters can vary depending on which of the patterns is being used.

Below are tables that I’ve created myself, feel free to save them to your computer and print them out to study. I have them stuck on my wall.

Okay, so now you know the letters and their approximate equivalents, so I’ll show you how they’re pronounced.

Hangul Pronounciation.PDF

Double consonants are very hard, and really the only way to figure them out is by listening to someone speak them. (Sorry)


Now for the vowels. You’ll see that I have Japanese letters in some of the explanations. Unless you know Japanese, don’t worry about these. I originally made these tables to help myself learn Hangeul, and I know some Japanese, so that’s why it’s there.

Like I said before, I’m no expert, but I hope this helps you get started. With these tables you should be able to read Hangeul well enough to find videos from your favorite Kpop artists on youtube.

For writing Hangeul I use the site: http://www.lexilogos.com/keyboard/korean.htm

BIGBANG Stupid Liar

I love this song. I really like the outfits for this performance. G-Dragon has stopped wearing skirts and he covered up his purple hair, so I’m happy. Honestly, I really like G-Dragon, but sometimes, our fashionista goes a little overboard. =)

PS. Does anyone else love the way they say stupid? Is that stupid of me to love that?

MR Removed version: They sounds great and it’s about 95% live, so they did really well. The choreography gets in the way some.

BIGBANG Love Song

BIGBANG is one of the most widely known and most popular groups in K-POP. They’re on one of the big three entertainment companies, YG Ent. and they have over five years of experience. Four out of five have released solo albums and they have one sub group, GD&TOP. With all that I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that YG spends as much money on them as they do.

For their new music video for “Love Song” YG spent over $200,000 USD on production. Yea, $200,000 for a four minute video; they really love VIPs don’t they? YG brought in special a camera that has never before been used in Korea and other equipment that is usually only used in Hollywood films. Did I mention they even built their own road? [1]

It’s a pretty straight forward video, and it’s in black and white. (That means GD’s purple hair is disguised) Basically, it’s the members walking/dancing around what appears to be the scene of some kind of explosion or mass car wreck. There’s fire and debris everywhere, but they’re just dancing around unconcerned because, hey, they’re BIGBANG. What makes it really interesting is that it appears to be all one take, but that’s not the case, it’s just the fancy cameras. If you haven’t seen the teasers you’ll probably get caught off guard with TOP’s vocals at the beginning. Who knew BIGBANG’s charismatic rapper could sing? Maybe I’m talking about TOP too much, but something I noticed was how well he dances here compared to how he usually does. It’s not that he usually dances badlt, he just has a style of dancing that’s a bit…stiff? It works well with his charisma rapper image though. ChoomTOP! (If you’re unfamiliar with ChoomTOP I’ve posted a video at the bottom you should see)

I’m sorry, were you surprised by the random car at the end? Yea, I was too.

ChoomTOP!

KPOP Mashup Madness

I love Kpop mashups, and apparently so do a bunch of other people. There are so many on youtube, so I thought I’d share some of my favorites.

I want to thank the people who made them because there is so much time and effort put into them, and they’re really amazing.

The first one is a 31 music video mashup with Basshunter’s All I Ever Wanted as the background music.

Now, we’re arriving the SM Town with this mashup of Super Junior’s Bonamana and SHINee’s Lucifer. (Did that sound like a radio announcer to you? Because it kinda did to me lol)

This guy is great. He is DJ Masa and the channel is MMIXES, he has a lot of great stuff on his channel. This one is a mashup up U-KISS, SHINee, Super Junior, with Nirvana in the background. It’s cleverly (?) titled “Sorry, Smells Like Easy Ding Dong” You get a gold star if you can tell which songs are in it just by the title.

I’ve put this one in last on purpose because, well, I kinda have a love hate relationship with it. I feel like TVXQ has been wronged or violated in some way, but I love it nonetheless. It’s a mashup of two of January, 2011’s top songs, and they’re polar opposites. One is TVXQ’s Keep Your Head Down, which has probably one the most masculine music videos you’ll see this year and the other is Secret’s Shy Boy, which has a super cute video that makes you want to go to the land of rainbows and happiness. Is this mashup the most epic win ever, or is it an abomination?

(If you’ve never seen the TVXQ video, you should watch it before this one. It’s at the bottom.)

(Original TVXQ Keep Your Head Down MV)