Because I’ve seen a lot of people ask how to start learning Korean:
The place you need to start is learning hangul. This is actually easier than you think. There are only, like, 24 hangul letters. A lot of teachers will get overly complicated explaining how hangul letters piece together, and they make it sound really difficult, but you can ignore that crap. Just memorize what sound goes with each letter, and you’re fine. I’ll get you started.
Each little block is a syllable.
Yoon Bum: 윤 범
ㅇ at the beginning of a syllable is an empty placeholder. (At the end of a syllable, it’s a “ng” sound.)
ㅠ is “yoo”
ㄴ is “n”
ㅂ is “b”
ㅓ is…well, it’s usually pronounced like the o in “bomb,” but here it’s more of an “uh” sound. I was confused by this at first.
ㅁ is “m”
Oh Sangwoo: 오 상우
ㅇ is an empty placeholder
ㅗ is “oh”
ㅅ is “s”
ㅏ is “ah” (rhymes with “saw” or “law”)
ㅇ at the end of a syllable is “ng”
ㅜ is “oo” (I don’t know why they put a “w” here)
There. Now you know, like, a third of hangul.