Korean 3 - Reading 3: ㅗ, ㅜ

Hey welcome back. Let's do something exciting. Let's start on a new type of building block. So far we have been writing letters pretty much the same order as in English and you might have wondered why I fuss so much about drawing charts. But now we will do something new.

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Let's look at the vowel o:

When it stands at the beginning of a syllable and there for gets the 'O' it looks like a little tree. All the rules that I told you about filling in box 1 and box 2 (see Lesson 1) are still valid, even if the boxes are now aligned differently.

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오 = o

Btw o is the sino-korean word for five.

The u (pronounced 'oe' in shoe looks almost the same but it is upside down. ㅜ So when together with O, they don't touch.

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우 = u (oe)

Why do we suddenly need a different building block? It is the vowels which determine the format. All the vowels we have seen in Lesson 1 and 2 ( a, i, e (ay), ae, aw) always go to the right. O and u (oo) always go beneath.

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How do we read this now? Up left- down left- up right - down right. (just follow your numbers and read one block after the other from left to right.

That gives us here Block 1 slot 1: no consonant, slot 2: o; Block 2 slot 1: m, slot 2: u = nomu = tree

Let's give it another try.

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Block 1 : 라 = ra - Block 2: 디 = di Block 3: 오 = o

라디오 = Radio

Not to difficult, is it? Let's try some more words.

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Block 1: 우 = u - Block 2: 비 = bi

우비 = ubi = raincoat

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Block 1: 오 = o - Block 2: 다 = da

오다 = oda = to come

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mu = radish (a vegetable)

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도 = do = also

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Block 1: 노 = no - Block 2: 래 = rae

노래 = no-rae = song

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Block 1: 부 = pu - Block 2: 부 = bu (remember b at syllable start = p, but in the middle of a word = b)

부부 = pu-bu = married couple

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Block 1: 비 = pi - Block 2: 누 = nu

비누 = pi-nu = soap (remember i is prounounced like English ee I didn't feel like writing pee-noe)

Let's do one last:

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Block 1:보 = po - Block 2:다 = da (we read it da and not 'ta', because we know it is the middle of our word, but otherwise this block by itself would read 'ta'.)

보다 = po-da = to see

See you in the next lesson.

tto pwa-yo (See you)