Welcome to the University of Alabama CLC Korean Class!

About Korean Language

*KOR101 class is only for TOTAL BEGINNERS. A student who has background on this language is not allowed to take 101 class.
Q1. Where is Korean language spoken?

It is officially spoken in Korea by more than 75 million people (including both South and North Korea).

Q2. When was Korean language invented and who invented?

In 1443, King Sejong invented Korean writing system, Hangul. Before Hangul was invented, Chinese character was used to represent the sounds of Korean. However, because of difference between Chinese and Korean, Chinese characters could not denote Korean speech. Thus, King Sejong invented an efficient and excellent phonetic system for the people to read and write easily.

Q3. How is Hangul consisted of?

Hangul is consisted of 19 consonants and 21 vowels.

Consonants

Korean Alphabet
pronunciation g,k Kk n d,t tt l M b,p pp
Korean Alphabet
Pronunciation s Ss ng j jj ch K t p H

Vowels

Korean Alphabet
Pronunciation a Ae Ya yae eo e yeo ye o wa wae
Korean Alphabet  
Pronunciation oe Yo U wo we wi yu eu ui i

Q4. How can I make the word?

It is easy to make the word. You have only to layout the consonant and the vowels like below.

 

 

Consonant

 

Vowel

Consonant Vowel
Final

 

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가방 (a bag)

Q5.  Useful expressions?

  1. Hello. 안녕하세요? [An Nyeog Ha Se Yo ?)
  2. Nice to meet you. 만나서 반가워요 [Man Na Seo Ban Ga Weo Yo]
  3. Good bye. 안녕히 가세요 [An Nyeong He Ga Se Yo]

Q6.  Are there good things to learn Korean?

Today, K-pop or K-drama are very popular in the world. If you learn Korean, you can enjoy them without subtitles and communicate with Korean people. Let’s start to learn Korean at the CLC!! Our program provides you with KOR 101 through 302 levels. Do not hesitate to register and enjoy learning Korean language and cultures.

Proverb

일찍 일어나는 새가 벌레를 잡는다. (The early bird catches the worm.)

시작이 반이다

Starting is half the task.

Korean Lessons and Videos

Greetings

Learn how to greet others in Korean

Self-Introduction

Learn from our staff how to introduce yourself in Korean

More Videos

Check out more of our Korean language videos

Useful Resources

Learn Korean provides you Korean lessons with pronunciation help.

If you are a beginner, you can start with How to Study Korean.

Essenitals-learn Korean provides you useful Korean phrases with pronunciations.

Visit Korea gets you ready for a trip to Korea.