Basic Korean Lesson 1.01: The Vowel 이

In this lesson, we will learn about the vowel which sounds as “i” as in beet.

Hangeul
Phonetic Symbol [ i ] *from the International Phonetic Alphabet)
Romanization i *from the Korean Ministry of Culture and Tourism, 2000)

This vowel, as you can see, is written as a small circle with a straight, vertical line on its right side. That’s your vowel /i/. Very simple, right?

Do your best to be familiar with this vowel, memorize its appearance, so that you will be able to combine it with the other vowels that we will be studying next time.

Now, for you to get familiar with the vowel, we will put it into use. You might find this technique a little strange, but all the same, as long as it is effective. First, we will use the vowel as a substitute for the sound /i/ in English words.

bt
mtshop
shorse
Ethopia
stl
snior
scnery
swarmng

Are you now familiar with the vowel ? Let’s take it to the next level by using it in Korean words this time.

dar이 the moon
ra이to lighter (a borrowed word)
jusoui upyeonbeonhoga mwoyeyo? What’s the zip code for this address?
Urin cheonsaengyeonbun이ya. We’re a match made in heaven.
Gaeuleun dokseoeui gyejeol이ya. Autumn is a season for reading.
이geo eolmayeyo? How much is this?
jusoui upyeonbeonhoga mwoyeyo? What’s the zip code for this address?
Naneun silmang이yeyo haeyo. (I am/I feel) disappointed.
Geugeoseun) maeryeokjeok이yeyo haeyo. It is charming.
Geugeoseun) gamdongjeok이yeyo heayo. It is moving. (moving here refers feeling, not movement)


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