I have just started learning Korean in an online course and I'm looking for resources that use mnemonics for Hangul or Hangeul, so I can learn the writing system in less time.

Are any such resources available? Digital or in print?

  • P:erhaps someone knows whether this is true: I was told that the shape of the consonants relates to the place and manner of articulation of the consonant.
    – WGroleau
    Oct 24 '17 at 18:13

Ryan Estrada's Learn to Read Korean in 15 Minutes uses mnemonics. For example, for the consonants:

  • ㅂ looks like a bucket and is pronounced 'b' (the first consonant in 'bucket);
  • ㅁ looks like a map and is pronounced 'm';
  • ㄹ looks like a rattle snake and is pronounced 'r'.

For the vowels, he start with

  • ㅣ, which looks like a tree;
  • ㅡ, which looks like a brook.

He builds up the rest of the writing system from basics like these. The page is available under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike licence (CC BY-NC-SA).

The German blog post Koreanisch lesen lernen in 30 Minuten contains a partial list of mnemonics. Curiously, some are based on German, while some are based on English.


This is a YouTube video titled Learn to Read Korean in 5 Minutes (seriously); it covers the vast majority of the symbols that compose Hangul in a short and easy to understand format.

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