안녕하세요! [Annyeonghaseyo!] Hello! I’m back for the double vowels. I hope you’ve been practicing the vowels, consonants, and their combinations. Just from the basic vowels and basic consonants, we can now read a lot of Korean words like 오이 (cucumber), 오 (5), 나라 (country), and 바지 (pants). It feels good right? After we learn the rest of the characters, we can surely write our name in Korean. That’s what excited me the most when I first started. Alright then! Let’s continue.
Today, we’ll talk about the first 4 double vowels. This is a piece of cake, I promise. If it isn’t, I will consume a whole platter of 김치 [kimchi] for you.
Letter (글자): ㅑ
Sound Value (음가): [ya]
“ㅑ” is pronounced as “ya” as in “yard”. Remember “ㅏ”? We just added one stroke to make it “ㅑ”. All double vowels today will be of similar form. Told ya it would be easy.
Now practice reading and speaking “ㅑ”. Always remember that when “ㅇ” is combined with a vowel, only the vowel is pronounced. Practice writing 야.
The second double vowel is ‘’ ㅕ”.
Sound Value (음가): [yƏ]
“ㅕ” is pronounced as “yeo” as in “yonder”. Now practice reading and speaking “ㅕ”. Practice writing 여.
Now practice with 야 and 여.
The third double vowel is “ㅛ”.
Sound Value (음가): [yo]
“ㅛ” is pronounced as “yo” as in “yoga”. Now practice reading and speaking “ㅛ”. Practice writing “요”.
Now practice with 야, 여, and 요.
The fourth double vowel is “ㅠ”.
Letter (글자): ㅠ
Sound Value (음가): [yu]
“ㅠ” is pronounced as “yu” as in “you”. Now practice reading and speaking “ㅠ”. Practice writing “유”.
Now practice with 야, 여, 요, and 유.
And that’s the first double vowels! Easy peasy right? Next time, I’m sharing four more consonants. Thank you for reading! 감사합니다!
Instead of flashcards, I will resort to the easier vocabulary introductions.
Words for the Day
야구 – Basketball
야자수 – palm tree
이야기 – talk
여자 – woman
우유 – milk
여우 – fox
혀 – tongue
요가 – yoga
교수 – professor