Korean 9 - Reading 5

Let's use another verb : 오다 = (oda) to come

오 + ㅏ = 와 (wa)

syllable block 36

We will tackle three character blocks later. Just memorize this one.

For the pronunciation : o-a melts into wa

It is pretty logical. Try to say very quickly ' o-a o-a o-a' and you will automatically say 'wa wa wa.

와요 = (wayo) I come (= You come, he comes...)

바에 와요. ( pa-e wayo.) I come to the pub. ( = You come to the pub. / He comes to the pub...)

바다에 와요. ( pada-e wayo.) I come to the sea. (= You come to the sea. / He comes to the sea...)

보다 behaves the same way as oda . When we add yo it turns into 봐요 pwayo.

syllable block 37

to see something requires that I transform this something into an object. e.g. 바다 (pada) the sea needs a suffix attached to it, if I want to see it.

There are 2 options: (eul) and (reul)

= eu (uh) is the last vowel lacking in our list. Like 'i' it can't take an extra line (y).

Also take note of the two different pronunciations of the letter . At the beginning of the syllable it is r at the end it is l (reul).

  • Words ending in a consonant take (eul)
  • Words ending in a vowel take (reul)

Actually we only have learned words ending in vowels up till now and this for a very simple reason: The Number 2 in a syllable block is always a vowel. In order to end with a consonant we need bigger blocks.

So let's build our objects:

바 + 를 = 바를 (pareul) the bar

바다 + 를 = 바다를 (padareul) the sea

나비 + 를 = 나비를 (nabireul) the butterfly

비 + 를 = 비를 (pireul) the rain

Now we can build sentences:

  • 바를 봐요. (Pa-reul pwayo.) I see the bar.
  • 바다를 봐요. (Padareul pwayo.) I see the sea. (= Do you see the sea? - By raising our voice in the end we can make this even a question.)
  • 나비를 봐요 (Nabireul pwayo) I see the butterfly.
  • 비를 봐요. (Pireul pwayo.) I see the rain.
  • 바나나를 봐요. (Pananareul pwayo.) I see the banana.


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