Hi! I'm super happy I found this blog. I've been teaching myself the Korean writing system, and I've gotten pretty good at reading, but sometimes when I write I have trouble deciding where to separate the syllables. For ex. I saw the name "Hyuna" written as 현아 instead of something like 혀나 . Idk if this question even makes sense but is there a pattern or rule for determining where syllables start/end? Does it determine the meaning of a word?
It’s wonderful that you are learning Korean so well!!
We’re talking about something called “받침” which is the final consonant of a syllable block. It’s always on the bottom centre of the syllable block.
• Basically, when spoken, you can tell that the pronunciation sounds more like “hyo” and then “nah” (혀나) than it does “hyun” and then “ah” (현아).
It’s the same with:
• 먹어 = “mo” and then “go” (closer to 머거).
This is because whenever a consonant in the final position is followed by a vowel, the consonant sound moves over to the syllable with the vowel, thus giving you something that sounds like “혀나” and “머거”.
• 먹다 = “mok” and then “da”. Two consonants = no moving of the sound.
Here are some handy links to some websites and articles that might help:
This link will take you to a page with clickable Korean consonants. Clicking on each one will take you so a screen with examples of words and their pronunciation [which will be inside these brackets]. You can also access similar information to do with vowels etc in the top right corner.
As you can see in this image, the order of pronunciation is labelled clearly. You just need to remember the rules mentioned above and in the resources we’ve linked for you :-)
We hoped our explanation helped, and that the resources come in handy. Good luck!!