Do you know how to type Korean?

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This is the Korean keyboard.  As you can see there are consonants on the green side, vowels on the pink side.  A Korean letter needs at least one consonant and one vowel.

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This is ‘아’ as in ‘아빠(dad)’.  There is ‘ㅇ(consonant)’ and ‘ㅏ(vowel)’.  So when you write ‘아빠’, ‘D(ㅇ)+K(ㅏ)’   ‘SHIFT Q(ㅃ)+K(ㅏ)’

On you cell phone, there are two types of keyboard.  The one is the same as a computer keyboard, the other one is 10 keyboard type(mostly Samsung cell phones have this system).

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There is only ‘ㅣ’, a ‘dot’  and  ‘ㅡ’ on the top of the keyboard.  These three symbols are based on King Sejong’s Hangeul vowel theory.   means ‘Earth‘, ‘dot‘ means ‘Sun‘ and ‘‘ means ‘Human‘. You can make any Korean vowels  with these three keys.  Let’s write single vowels.

1. ㅏ = ㅣ + dot

2. ㅓ = dot + ㅣ

3. ㅗ = dot + ㅡ

4. ㅜ = ㅡ + dot

5. ㅡ = ㅡ

6. ㅣ = ㅣ

7. ㅔ = dot + ㅣ+ㅣ

8. ㅐ = ㅣ+ dot  +ㅣ

 

How about ‘ㅘ’ ?  You are right!

dot + ㅡ + ㅣ+ dot

There are no double consonants such as ㄲ,ㄸ,ㅃ,ㅆ,ㅉ, right?  They are in the ㄱ,ㄷ,ㅂ,ㅅ,ㅈ keys.  If you press ‘ㄱ’  three times, ‘ㄲ’ will be shown.

Can you write in Korean with your cell phone or computer?  Please write some Korean whatever you want!