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Step 1

Click here. Look at the two charts. Familiarize yourself with it. Keep the chart for later reference.

If you memorize the charts, then you can romanize very roughly.
Continue reading if you want a more thorough and better understanding .

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Korean 'words' are made up of two, three, or four characters combined, starting with a consonant preceeding a vowel. Words are never written with a consonant beside a consonant or vowel beside a vowel.

two symbol words
consonant +vowel


three symbol words
consonant + vowel + consonant


There are normal simple vowels, as listed in the pop-up chart and 'y' vowels.
An extra line is added on the 'simple' vowel, to make it a 'y' vowel.

simple vowels

a o

note: by itself, a = ah; o = oh
'y' vowels

ya yo

note: by itself, ya=yah; yo=yoh

There are also Diphthong vowels -- a combination of two simple vowels to make one diphthong vowel.

diphthong vowels

+ =
o +  a  = wa

This may seem strange to you, but if you pay closer attention, say "oh" and "ah" a repeated number of times.
It actually does sound like "wa". Right?

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Now, try to romanize the words below, using the chart of course! Learn to break each word apart, according to consonants and vowels, and find them on the chart. Sometimes when words are pieced together, they stick together and it may be hard for you to define each character. But try your best. Answers are posted on page 2 (click link at the top of the page).

Before moving onto the next step, I advise you get a pencil and paper to romanize the below.
Go ahead and take some notes too.


Now, plz make sure you clearly understand everything that has been explained above before moving on, or you'll get confuse in the next step. And please do take a few minutes to try your best at romanizing the above words -- it really will help.