The Korean Writing SystemSyllablesNounsPredicatesFormal and Informal SpeechPre-Final and Final EndingsSpeech LevelAdding ㅓ or ㅏ to a predicate stemAdding 으 to predicates stemsThe Deferential Speech LevelThe Intimate Speech LevelThe Polite Speech LevelThe Plain Speech LevelIrregular PredicatesThe Subject Particle 가 and 이The object particle 를 and 을The Topic Particle 는 and 은Forming a Sentence이다 and 아니다있다 and 없다NegationPast TensePredicates as ModifiersDeterminersBound NounsDesireNumbersCountersQuestionsThe Particle 에


There are 5 ways in which  characters can combine to form a syllable.
In all cases, if a syllable begins with a vowel, the character ㅇ is placed before the vowel. In this case, the character ㅇ is not pronounced.
1 vowel as in
A vowel followed by a consonant as in 
A consonant followed by a vowel 
A consonant, a vowel, and 2 consonants as in 
The order in which a syllable is pronounced is from top to bottom and then left to right. The syllable 값 is read ㄱ ㅏ ㅂ ㅅ. It is not guaranteed that a syllable pronunced how it is spelled. The pronounciation of Korean syllables may change depending on the preceeding syllable, the following syllable, or even based on the word's etymology.