Korean Taekwondo Vocabulary
Learn a little bit of hangeul and some Korean vocabulary related to taekwondo.

According to the wiki, Hangul was designed so that even a commoner could learn to read and write; the Haerye says "A wise man can acquaint himself with them before the morning is over; a stupid man can learn them in the space of ten days." How long will it take you to learn just enough Hangul to complete this crossword?

In order to solve the crossword on this page, you have to learn just enough Hangul to put ten words into the crossword in Hangul characters (i.e.,without transliteration). All of the words can be found on this website. The words are:

single knife hand한손날han sonnal
uniform도복tobuk
martial arts school도장dojang
spear hand손끝sonkkut
block막기makki
no아니요anio
return바로parot
high아래arae
palm-heel바탕손patangson
stance서기sogi

Hangul has 14 consonants, 6 vowels, and 4 iotized vowels. The following chart shows some possible words composed of 14 consonants times 6 vowels combinations. (The 4 iotized vowels aren't shown in the following chart; for sake of completeness, they are ᅣ (ya), ᅧ (yeo), ᅭ (yo), ᅲ (yu).)

C\V
a

eo

o

u

eu

i

g
     
gi

n
     
ni

d
  
do
   

l/r
  
ro
   

m
      

b

pa
     

s
      

-, ng

a
     

j
 
so
    

ch
      

k
      

t
      

g
      

p
      

h
      

8 of the syllables in the crossword are composed of two letters, a consonant and a vowel, and 7 of those are shown in the chart above. The 8th one,요 (o) contains an iotized vowel and so isn't in this chart.

5 other syllables used in the crossword have in common that they contain the vowel ᅡ, a and are composed of three letters, one vowel and 2 consonants. These are 탕 tang, 핒 han, 날 nal, 막 mak, 장 jang. Two other syllables have the vowel ᅳ eu in common: 끝 kkut and 복 bok and then there are 3 left that I don't have a classification for.

To solve the crossword just drag and drop the hangeul syllables from the righthand side of the page onto the crossword cells.




ACROSS
1. anio
2. patangson
3. han sonnal
6. do buk
7. sogi
DOWN
1. arae
2. parot
4. son kkut
5. mag ki
6. dojang
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