i see the h (ㅎ) sound and the yeo (ㅕ) sound, but where are the n and g sounds? shouldn't there be a ㄴ and a ㄱ somewhere in there for ng sound? Is the romanization just confusing me? Thank you!
- rosierosie March 2019
The 'ng' sound which is the same 'ng' sound in English gerunds ('ing') is written as 'ㅇ'. Therefore instead of 'ㄴㄱ' you have 'ㅇ'.
A syllable in Korean language has 2 or 3 phonemes. 1st and 3rd phoneme is a consonant. 2nd one is a vowel. As a 3rd phoneme, "-n" could be correspond to "ㄴ", "-g" to "ㄱ" and "-ng" to "ㅇ". Not all romanized alphabets have a one-to-one correspondence with Hangul character.
It is a very simple rule in Korean alphabet, 한글.
o represents 2 sounds symbol.
1. o has no sound, a silent sound, when it comes first in a syllable
2. o has 'ng' sound when it comes last in a syllable
Simple. Very easy.
nebuleto101Actually, once upon a time, several hundreds years ago, we use different symbols for the first o and the last o. However, we united two characters to just one symbol 'o' nowadays for easy use.
- 4 weeks ago