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Foundational Korean: Hangeul Course Glossary




A syllable is a phoneme unit that contains at least one consonant/vowel plus another consonant or vowel. For example, CV [pa], VC [ap], or CVC [tap]. These CV, VC, or CVC units often correspond to certain meanings that we categorize as morphemes. In Korean, we see these nicely organized syllable blocks everywhere that often follow this pattern - such as 한 (CVC)[韩 - Korea] 국 (CVC) [国 - country]. In English, you will see many Latin/Greek syllable morphemes such as doc (teach) in words like doctrine, document, docent, etc. Syllables and morphemes are the building blocks of making words.

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