Learn Korean – Lesson 1.03: The Vowel 어

In Lesson 1.02, we have learned about the vowel which sounds like “a” as in smart.

In this lesson, we will learn another vowel that looks quite similar to – the vowel , which sounds like soft “uh” as in bought.

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

As you can see, th vowel looks very similar to . The only difference is that the small horizontal dash attached to its vertical line is on the left side instead of having it on the right side.

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 use it the way we used the previous vowels that we have learned. We will start by using it as a substitute for the sound /Ɔ/ or /Ә/ in English words.

brght
pper
sft
mck
cgh

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

Algessyo? Do you understand?
Ne, algessyo. Yes, I understand.
아niyo, moreugessyo. No, I don’t understand.
Jilmun issyo? Are there any questions?
Ne, issyo. Yes, there is.
아niyo, eopsyo. No, there aren’t. / No, there isn’t.
Urin seoro cheonnune banhaessyo. It was love at first sight.
Uri heeojyesse. We split up.
Nae yeojachinguga doejullae? Will you be my girlfriend?
PAL 112 Pyeon yeyakago sipyo. I’d like to reserve a seat on PAL Flight 112.
Yeongrul malsum halsu issyo? Do you speak English?


Korean Lesson 1.02 ↞|↠ Korean Lesson 1.04

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