WARNING: This quiz makes use of psychological techniques which are designed for rapid encoding and memorization of the characters.

Hi, Hangul Hero. Your mission is simple: take these hard-to-memorize shapes and commit them to memory by linking them to a picture in order to create an association!

PRONUNCIATION TIP: The first letter of the English word in the picture has the same sound as the Korean character.

Click “Start” to accept your mission and begin learning the characters.

Red circular Start button in white lettering

The first character looks like a BED with a bedpost at either end. See it? It also makes the sound “B” as in “bed.”

Illustration of the Korean alphabet letter ㅂ 비읍 bieup in front of a bed
CLICK the BED to proceed
Click to move forward

This character looks like a DOOR or the panels on a door. Knock knock! It makes the sound “D” as in “door.”


Illustration of the Korean alphabet letter ㄷ 디귿 digeut in front of a door
CLICK on the DOOR to proceed
Click to move forward

We’ve looked at the BED and the DOOR.

Can you remember which one is the BED?

CLICK on the BED to proceed

Illustration of the Korean alphabet letter ㄷ 디귿 digeut
Illustration of the Korean alphabet letter ㅂ 비읍 bieup
Click to select correct option
Correct, you clicked on the . Well, done. Click anywhere inside the quiz to continue.
Oh no! You clicked on the . The correct answer was BED. Remember the bedposts? Let’s go back and try again.
Click here to try again or click anywhere to proceed

Next up is the GUN. This character looks a lot like a gun (a water gun of course — superheroes like you are much too powerful to need a gun)! It makes the sound “G” as in “gun.”

Illustration of the Korean alphabet letter ㄱ 기역 giyeok in front of a blue gun
CLICK on the GUN to proceed.
Click to move forward

We have looked at 3 different letters now. Please select the GUN.

Illustration of the Korean alphabet letter ㅂ 비읍 bieup
Illustration of the Korean alphabet letter ㄱ 기역 giyeok
Illustration of the Korean alphabet letter ㄷ 디귿 digeut
Click to select correct option
Correct, you clicked the GUN. Score! Click anywhere to continue..
Oops! You clicked on the . The correct answer was GUN. Let’s go back and try again.
Click here to try again or click anywhere to proceed

This character is a HAT. It looks a lot like a man wearing a top hat, doesn’t it?

Illustration of the Korean alphabet letter ㅎ 히읗 hieut in front of a man wearing a hat
CLICK on the HAT to continue.
Click to move forward

That’s 4 characters so far. We’re well on our way! Can you remember which one is the HAT

Illustration of the Korean alphabet letter ㅂ 비읍 bieup
Illustration of the Korean alphabet letter ㄷ 디귿 digeut
Illustration of the Korean alphabet letter ㅎ 히읗 hieut
Illustration of the Korean alphabet letter ㄱ 기역 giyeok
Click to select correct option
Correct, you clicked on the HAT. Nice work!
You clicked on the . The correct answer was the HAT. Let’s go back and try again.
Click here to try again or click anywhere to proceed

Up next we have the JUG. It looks just like a jug with a spout at the top. It makes the sound "J" as in "jug."

Illustration of the Korean alphabet letter ㅈ 지읒 jieut in front of a jug
CLICK on the JUG to continue.
Click to move forward

Ok, time to make sure you’re still with us! Out of these three characters we've covered so far, can you click on the JUG?

Illustration of the Korean alphabet letter ㅎ 히읗 hieut
Illustration of the Korean alphabet letter ㄱ 기역 giyeok
Illustration of the Korean alphabet letter ㄷ 디귿 digeut
Illustration of the Korean alphabet letter ㅈ 지읒 jieut
Click to select correct option
Correct, you clicked on the JUG. Well, done.
You clicked on the . The correct answer was the JUG. Let’s go back and try again.
Click here to try again or click anywhere to proceed

Review time, Hangul Hero! Here are our prime suspects.

First, run through each and see if the association comes to you. Make sure you can identify each association without any prompts and correctly pronounce it. Proceed when you’re ready.

Can you pick out the BED from the lineup?

Illustration of the Korean alphabet letter ㅎ 히읗 hieut
Illustration of the Korean alphabet letter ㄱ 기역 giyeok
Illustration of the Korean alphabet letter ㄷ 디귿 digeut
Illustration of the Korean alphabet letter ㅂ 비읍 bieup
Illustration of the Korean alphabet letter ㅈ 지읒 jieut
Click to select correct option
Awesome! You clicked on the BED. It makes the sound "B." You’re a natural! Click anywhere to continue.
Oops! You clicked on the . The correct answer was the BED. Remember, Remember to look for the bedposts to help you pick it out of the lineup. Let’s go back and try again.
Click here to try again or click anywhere to proceed

Next up, is the LADDER. Superheroes can climb ladders in a flash! See the rungs? It makes the sound "L" as in "ladder."

Illustration of the Korean alphabet letter ㄹ 리을 rieul in front of a yellow ladder
ClICK on the LADDER to proceed.
Click to move forward

Climbin’ time! Can you pick out the LADDER from this lineup below?

Illustration of the Korean alphabet letter ㅈ 지읒 jieut
Illustration of the Korean alphabet letter ㄹ 리을 rieul
Illustration of the Korean alphabet letter ㄷ 디귿 digeut
Illustration of the Korean alphabet letter ㄱ 기역 giyeok
Illustration of the Korean alphabet letter ㅂ 비읍 bieup
Click to select correct option
Awesome! You correctly chose the LADDER. Keep it up!
Oops! You clicked on the . The correct answer was the LADDER. Remember to look for the rungs to help you pick it out of the lineup. Let’s go back and try again.
Click here to try again or click anywhere to proceed

This character is the MESSAGE. It’s a square box like a message notification on a smartphone or a piece of mail. It makes the sound "M" as in "message."

Illustration of the Korean alphabet letter ㅁ 미음 mieum in front of a yellow envelope
CLICK on the MESSAGE to continue.
Click to move forward

his next character looks like a compass pointing up and to the right like a compass pointing to the north (and the east at the same time). We’ll call it NORTHEAST. It makes the sound "N" as in "northeast."

Illustration of the Korean alphabet letter ㄴ 니은 nieun in front of a compass pointing northeast
CLICK NORTHEAST to continue.
Click to move forward

Here are all of the letters we have looked at so far. Can you find the MESSAGE? Click on the MESSAGE to proceed.

Illustration of the Korean alphabet letter ㄴ 니은 nieun
Illustration of the Korean alphabet letter ㄷ 디귿 digeut
Illustration of the Korean alphabet letter ㄱ 기역 giyeok
Illustration of the Korean alphabet letter ㅈ 지읒 jieut
Illustration of the Korean alphabet letter ㅁ 미음 mieum
Click to select correct option
Awesome! You picked the MESSAGE just as directed. Well done.
Oops! You clicked on the . The correct answer was the MESSAGE.
Click here to try again or click anywhere to proceed

This character is the SEASHELL. It looks like the top part of a shell or clam you could pick up on the beach at low tide. It makes the sound "S" as in "seashell."

Illustration of the Korean alphabet letter ㅅ 시옷 siot in front of a yellow seashell
CLICK SEASHELL to continue.
Click to move forward

Ok, Hangul Hero! Let’s see what you’re made of.

Before you answer, run through each and see if the association comes to you. Make sure you can identify each association without any prompts and correctly pronounce it. Proceed when you’re ready.

Can you pick out the SEASHELL from the lineup?

Illustration of the Korean alphabet letter ㄴ 니은 nieun
Illustration of the Korean alphabet letter ㄷ 디귿 digeut
Illustration of the Korean alphabet letter ㄱ 기역 giyeok
Illustration of the Korean alphabet letter ㅂ 비읍 bieup
Illustration of the Korean alphabet letter ㅎ 히읗 hieut
Illustration of the Korean alphabet letter ㅁ 미음 mieum
Illustration of the Korean alphabet letter ㅈ 지읒 jieut
Illustration of the Korean alphabet letter ㄹ 리을 rieul
Illustration of the Korean alphabet letter ㅅ 시옷 siot
Click to select correct option
Awesome! You picked the SEASHELL just as directed. Well done.
Oops! You clicked on the . The correct answer was the SEASHELL.
Click here to try again or click anywhere to proceed

Awesome work, Hangul Hero! Wasn’t that easy? You’ve already learned 9 Korean characters! Korean has a total of 24 characters and we want to teach them all to you using visual associations just like these.

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