The Korean Writing SystemSyllablesNounsPredicatesFormal and Informal SpeechPre-Final and Final EndingsSpeech LevelAdding ㅓ or ㅏ to a predicate stemWords with 받침Adding 으 to predicates stemsThe Deferential Speech LevelThe Intimate Speech LevelThe Polite Speech LevelThe Plain Speech LevelThe Honorific Ending 시Irregular PredicatesParticlesThe Subject Particle 가 and 이The object particle 를 and 을The Topic Particle 는 and 은Forming a Sentence이다 and 아니다있다 and 없다NegationPast TensePredicates as ModifiersDeterminersBound NounsExpressing desire with 고 싶다NumbersCountersQuestionsThe Particle 에The Plural Particle 들The Possessive Particle 의The Particle 에서The Particle 도The Particle 부터The Particle 까지The Particle 만


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 
A syllable is pronounced from top to bottom and then from left to right. The syllable 값 is read ㄱ ㅏ ㅂ ㅅ. It is not guaranteed that a syllable is pronounced 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.