Questions for Class #1

Hey everyone,

This page is set up for you continue to learn Korean by asking (and getting answers to) any questions about class #1. Please remember, although I do joke about it, there REALLY are no stupid questions. If you’re wondering it, there’s a great chance someone else is too.

Which brings me to the next point, if you’re about to ask a question and want to know when the answer is posted, subscribe to the RSS feed – that’s the orange box in the corner that says “RSS” on it – and that’ll inform you when a new question has been asked, and more importantly, when a question has been answered.

The way it’ll work is…

1) Scroll down to the bottom of all this text until you get to the “reply” box.

2) Leave your question in the comment box (I know, I know, it’s like putting a cracker in the cookie jar – but I think we’ll be okay).

3) I will answer every question asked, but I’ll choose what I consider to be the most pertinent, or common questions, and answer those first (I’ll try to do most of the answers in video, unless it just requires a few sentences, then I’ll probably just type it).  I do also have to say that paying members of the online class will get precedence, but I still will get to your question.

Okay, so, I’ll stop using up any more of your time, so go ahead and ask away!



P.S. If you’re an absolute beginner, or have been dabbling but still haven’t learned how to do much past read, if you look just above to the left of the video and it’ll tell you how you can get totally free access to the first 4 classes (just under 4 hours) of the online class teaching basic Korean .  You can also get the exact hand-outs we use in class so you can follow along perfectly, as well as review/practice pages and mp3-file recordings of all the lessons.  Check it out, I think you’ll really like it! And as you can see from the comments below here, you won’t be the only one!

Leave A Reply (376 comments so far)

  1. Hi EnO, you’re very welcome. And about the following classes…

    You will get classes #1-4 totally free. They should get emailed to you every 5 days. Any more questions, fire away.


  2. Angelo

    Is it okay if I can use your videos to help teach my fellow classmate?

  3. Yeah, it’s totally fine…teach away! And let me know if you need any help or have any questions.

    Thanks Angelo!

  4. wilson chuchu

    I have enjoyed the 1st class, you helped me with good English explanations. I am ready for next lessons.
    Thank you

  5. Hi Wilson, you’re very welcome. Glad to hear you’re finding them useful. Let me know if you have any questions about any of it. Thanks!

  6. Maria

    im kind of confuse on the first class when you wrote “h” it looked different from the “h” on many korean alphabet and my phone’s keyboard which one is the right way of spelling it

  7. Yes, both of those are fine and mean exactly the same thing (the “h”). You can basically think of it as different fonts. Just choose whichever one you find easier to write. I personally find the one I use in the videos easier so that’s the one I always use.

    Hope that helps!

  8. dijana

    heeej! I just want to ask you how is this structure possible? 않에 , how can a consonant be together with another consonant, or is that ‘h’ there for hardening the word or what?and i’ve seen it in other words like 없어, but in this case it’s ‘s’.

  9. Yes, it’s definitey possible to have two consonants in the bottom. In the case you’ve given “않에”, because the second syllable (the 에) starts with a vowel sound, the ㅎ in the bottom of the first syllable will not be heard. It will sound exactly the same as 안에. However, that ㅎ can still play a role in other cases. This will make sense once you study a few more classes, but the ㅎ is unique in how it interacts with certain consonants (most distinctively, the ㄷ, ㄱ, and ㅂ). So if we had something like 않다, the ㅎ would mix with the ㄷ, pushing it to its harder edge, making the whole thing sound like this…안타.

    Does that make sense? Again, watch a couple more classes and you’ll see more examples of the ㅎ interacting with consonants and that should help clear this up.

    Thanks for the question!


  10. Barbaara

    Hello! Thank you! Its very easy explanation and I progress quite well. I practicing now all day :) and waiting next lesson!

  11. nina

    Hi Rob,
    Responding to your email, yes, I have viewed all of the vids for lesson 1. I am studying the Korean alphabet and awaiting your email for lesson #2. Studying the alphabet with my homemade flash cards.

  12. Rosaria

    well…I learned all of them just in a few days!!!!But there’s only one thing that I don’t get..when do you have to use the silent consonant ( that kind of “o” shape)?? Because if it don’t even have a sound, why do you need it?

  13. I don’t know if I can answer the ‘why’ for that question (unless you know someone who can communicate with the dead, we could call on King SeJong who created the whole writing system and ask him^^), but what I can tell you is that it’s just a rule. If the syllable starts with a vowel sound, then the silent ㅇ must be written first. For example, if I just wanted the sound ㅏ, I couldn’t just write ㅏ, I’d have to write 아. Does that make sense?

    Hope that helps!


  14. Rosaria

    Oh right… and sometimes it’s like there’s a consonant,then a vowel and you have that silent consonant undeerneath,does it sound “ng”?

  15. Yes, the ㅇ, when seen in the bottom of the syllable will sound like ‘ng’, so 닝 would sound like ‘ning’ (or ‘neeng’).

  16. Maddie R

    Hi! I love the classes so far, but I have a question hope you can get to it!
    I have been practicing everyday, memorizing the first few classes in lesson 1. I don’t really understand how to pronouce the vowel where you have to stretch your mouth into a line sort of. It sounds like an ‘eu’ sort of. I hope this is clear enough! Thanks!

  17. Kate

    Your videos are very helpful. I am a young asian girl that lives in America and I’m trying to learn Korean and the culture of my heritage, but I do have a question. How did you learn Korean so quickly?

  18. Myriam

    thank you very much. your classes have really helped me.
    Although I already do some research and learned a few tricks at earlier but your lessons are thorough and interresting

  19. Alisha

    Just saying thank you :)

  20. Naveen

    I have finished watching the first class. I want to take a printout of the chart so that I can practice writing in a book. I am eagerly awaiting for your second class. Have a good day.

  21. Carolina

    Who taught you Korean?

  22. Hi Carolina,

    For the most part I studied on my own. But the advantage with living in the country while you do that is that you can practice and ask anyone questions. I like to think I had 47,000,000 teachers (the population of Korea, at that time anyways).

    Thanks Carolina,


  23. Awesome, Frances, that’s great to hear! Keep going through the videos and let me know if you have any quetions.


  24. Awesome, and great idea. The more you practice in the beginning, the more it’ll pay off down the road.

    Thanks Naveen,


  25. You’re welcome!

  26. Cool, thanks for saying so!

  27. Well, I don’t know how quick it’s been, I’ve been here for 8 years. But in all honesty, almost immediately after moving here I started studying, admittedly harder than I’d ever studied in university^^. The nice part about learning it here was that everything I learned I could walk outside and either use it or hear someone using it. I like to think that I’ve had 47,000,000 teachers (the population of S.Korea, at that time anyways).

  28. Hi Maddie, sorry I was a bit slow getting to this. Depending on where you’re from and how you pronounce the word “cookie”, the sound that the ‘oo’ make in this word (but not in ‘book’ or ‘look’) is very close to the sound of ㅡ. Often the mouth elongates a bit and the chin protrudes a bit. Does that help?

  29. Awesome, keep it up and let me know if you have any questions.


  30. Awesome, keep up the great work!!

  31. Shereen

    Hey, thank you for the first batch of videos! They were really helpful and explained a lot! I’ve been taking notes and studying. So, all I’m gonna do now is practice while i wait for the 2nd class. Again, thx! ^^

  32. You’re very welcome, Shereen. Keep up the great work and let me know if you have any questions!

  33. Allison

    Thank you so much Rob for posting these videos. they have helped me so much and i’m still in the first class waiting for class 2. :) My summer goal before school starts was to learn how to read, write, and speak korean. So thanks for helping me get me goal started. :D

  34. Well you can have the first two done (the reading and writing part) by the end of the week! Keep going through the videos and message me if you have any questions.

    Thanks Alison!


  35. Jackie

    Thank you very much for your videos. They are really, extremely helpful! I’m Filipino and my boyfriend is Korean. I mainly want to learn for myself and of course, so that I can converse with his parents more! One of my goals to accomplish this summer is to learn/read/speak Korean! Loved Class #1, can’t wait for Class #2 videos! Thanks again! :o )

  36. JC

    Thanks rob for your very helpful videos. I’m still not finished at lesson 2 since my net is soooo slooow.. :D
    Well anyway, I’m really glad I found your site. thanks again!!

  37. Jack

    Hey Rob. Thank-you for the videos they really helped me out on understanding korean. Totally ready for class 2. Thanks again for the class. :)

  38. Grahame

    Hi there, thanks for the email. Good to know your checking up on me and to keep me motivated. Yes I have watched the videos and loved them. I’m reading everything I can ( only signs and notices at the minute) and I cannot wait for the next video. I’m sure I’ll have plenty of questions later on but for now I’m really happy and I’m pretty happy with the alphabet now. I’m not sure icf this was the right place to reply , if not sorry.
    Thanks again and can’t wait for the next vide

  39. Hey Grahame,

    This is definitely the right place! Awesome to hear you’re moving along, I remember being exactly where you are, just reading every sign I could pretty much every time I was out. I then used to judge how good my Korean was getting by how long I could maintain a conversation with the taxi driver before exhausting everything I knew.

    Anyways, thanks for the message, Grahame, and I’ll see you in class real soon!


  40. You’re very welcome, Jack! Let me know if you have any questions about any of it.



  41. Nabin

    I have enjoyed the 1st class, you helped me with good English explanations.i dont have any question of this lesstion-1 I am ready for next lessons.
    Thank you

  42. Sarah

    Thanks for all the help, LOVE the vids, they’re so easy to understand :D and im learning quickly!!! haha

    P.S: i was just wondering, after class 4 do u have to pay for the other classes?? :D

  43. Hi Nabin, thanks for the message. The next lesson will be available for you very soon!


  44. Hi Sarah, thanks for the message – glad you’re finding the videos useful!

    As for the rest of the videos after class #4 (#5-24), yes, if one wanted to continue on with those, it would require registering for the full online course, which is not free. If you’d like more info about the full class, you can check out this page…

    But it’s worth noting that if you do decide you might be interested in signing up, if you’d like to hear when registration opens, you’ll have to leave your name and email at this link… (I do it this way so I don’t bother people who aren’t interested with unnecessary emails)…

    But you should still be getting a bunch of other videos I’ve made answering questions of students in the past, etc, sent to you as well, but yeah, they’re not part of the actual class.

    Thanks Sarah!

  45. Hi JC, thanks for the message. To help with the loading speed, you may want to try starting and stopping a couple videos to allow them both to buffer at the same time, then while you’re studying one video, the next one can be buffering. That might help save a bit of loading time.

    Thanks JC,


  46. Amber

    Hey Rob,
    I find your videos! I’ve already learned so much and I’ve only finished class one!
    I’m looking forward to class two.
    Thank you

  47. Awesome, Amber, that’s great to hear! Keep going through the videos and let me know if you have any questions. Thanks!


  48. That’s great, Jackie, I’m very happy to help you meet your goals! Keep going through the videos and let me know if you have any questions.



  49. Najla K.

    I’m sorry…but I really don’t get the difference between the “o/ah” and “oh”….its even more difficult with “y o/ah” and “yo”.
    How exactly can we know where to use which ?
    Thanks a lot btw ! =)

  50. Hi Najla, yeah, knowing when to use which one when writing can be difficult because they often sound so similar. It’s basically just the same as learning how to spell correctly – it takes time, practice, and experience. Here’s a post I wrote in more detail about this topic…

    Hope that helps!