Starcraft Korean: Hangul
So, you've been watching Starcraft 2 for a while. Following your favourite player crush the people on the youtube VOD's or the tournaments you saw him in. The word foreigner has been used quite some time, but obliviously you didn't pay much attention to it. Until that fateful day that your hero gets pitted against the 'indigenous' korean. Perhaps stereotypically, he gets crushed in such a way that you wonder why you haven't heard of that korean before.
This is just one of the ways that lead to the point where you want to learn Korean. And you are not alone. Infact, there are loads of other people that came from watching starcraft, to learning korean casually. This series aims to teach you some 'Starcraft Korean' as I would like to call it.
You won't be taught how to speak fluently, or buy apples at the grocery store. You won't learn how to ask that girl out, or tell her your true feelings. You won't find ways to impress your boss to take on korean clients, or how to make that delicious korean recipy you got from the internet. What you will find though, is way to describe just how baller your +2 baneling drops were, and how to read starcraft forum posts that talk about the glory of Sheth's keyboard.
This is an easy introduction to the series, and I'll start it off with the letter system from korean, Hangul. And a few words to start off with.
Hangul is remarkably similar to the alphabet, in that each letter represents a sound. The only clear difference is that the letters are used differently. In english, each letter can stand on its own, but in korean they must exist on combinations.
Below is a table listing all the korean letters and when you click them, it swaps the letter for the english equivelant. It might be handy to use as a sort of flashcard way of learning.
As I said before, hangul letters have to be combined to make any sense at all. Let\'s take a few examples. The name of the self proclaimed protoss president, oGsMC, is Jang Min Chul. In english, this easily makes for 11 characters. In korean, all those letters are condensed into three characters: 장민철. This not only makes korean different from languages like Chinese, but makes it the perfect Twitter language too! 140 characters aint a problem when you can jam up to four of them in one character.
If we take apart these characters, we see that this character isn\'t something new. But merely built using the letters from the korean alphabet. 장 is a combination of ㅈ,ㅏ and ㅇ. Likewise in 민, being ㅁ,ㅣand ㄴ. The smallest combinations possible are 2 letters, and the longest being 4.Behold, the reason I should not draw sentries T_T
One particular character shows up though, ㅇ. This letter represents both no sound, and -ng. "No sound?" you may ask yourself, but wait, its easily explainable.
Because hangul needs to be combined, you need a constant and a vowel. This would be easy enough if you just needed to say something like Ka. But what if you just want to say A? Thats where ㅇ comes along. Putting ㅇ infront of the vowel, in this case A, makes it possible to write a hangul combination without using a constant like K, P or M.
Let's leave it at that, there are other articles that are far more descriptive than this one, so I definitely advise you to pay a visit to those if you want to know more. I'll list a couple of them below:
Moving on, here's a few very commonly used words to give you a start.
|Good Bye ( when the person talking to you is leaving )||안녕히 가세요!|
|Good Bye ( when you\'re leaving )||안녕히 개세요!|
|One moment please!||잠시만요!|
|GG||ㅈㅈ or 지지요 or ㅎㅎ|
That concludes this brief introduction. Follow up articles have been written but need some pictures first.
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