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    Ok, since people have trouble reading Korean on games and translating them into English (a good example would be RO2 maps with the areas in Korean translated roughly into English) and other (various) reasons. I'll start off with Korean keyboard layout.

    Korean Typing - Layout
    q - ㅂ

    Shift + q - ㅃ

    w - ㅈ

    Shift + w - ㅉ

    e - ㄷ

    Shift + e - ㄸ

    r - ㄱ

    Shift + r - ㄲ

    t - ㅅ

    Shift + t - ㅆ

    y - ㅛ

    u - ㅕ

    i - ㅑ

    o - ㅐ

    Shift + o - ㅒ

    p - ㅔ

    Shift + p - ㅖ

    a - ㅁ

    s - ㄴ

    d - ㅇ

    f - ㄹ

    g - ㅎ

    h - ㅗ

    j - ㅓ

    k - ㅏ

    l - ㅣ(No, I didn't make a mistake)

    z - ㅋ

    x - ㅌ

    c - ㅊ

    v - ㅍ

    b - ㅠ

    n - ㅜ

    m - ㅡ

    How To Type & Structure Korean Letters and Characters
    Korean letters also have vowels and constanants. The constanants in Korean (keyboard layout I meant) are q, shift + q, w, shift + w, e, shift + e, r, shift + r, t, shift + t, a, s, d, f, g, z, x, c, and v (the rest are vowels). Constanants always go first and vowels come after a constanant. To give you a basic idea of how to make a Korean character, the way you structure the constanants and vowels would be sort of like a sandwich or a half-sandwich (constanant-vowel-constanant = sandwich and constanant-vowel = half-sandwich; these are the only ways of combining letters to create a Korean character). Some examples of Korean "sandwich" characters: 법, 젖, 간, 김, and 겐. Some examples of Korean "half-sandwich" characters: 미, 나, 갸, 래, 재, 내, and 해. Once exception is 의 (one constanant, two vowels).

    Korean Letter Sounds

    ㅂ - A 'b' as in bee, bus, and beam

    ㅈ - A 'j' sound as in jeep, Jim, and jam

    ㄷ - A 'd' sound as in dill, dildo, and dark

    ㄱ - A 'g' sound as in gossip, gargle, and green

    ㅅ - A 's' sound as in skip, screech, and scar

    ㅃ - More emphasis, almost makes a 'p' sound (as in popcorn), but stays within the limits of the 'b' sound. A 'b~p' sound hybrid?

    ㅉ - More emphasis, almost makes a 'ch' sound (as in chicken), but stays within the limits of the 'j' sound. A 'j~ch' sound hybrid?

    ㄸ - More emphasis. I.e. pronounce 'duck' (this is ㄷ) then make it sound it like 'dduk' (this is ㄸ). Speed up the pronounciation basically.

    ㄲ - More emphasis, almost makes a 'k' sound (as in kite), but stays within the limits of the 'g' sound. A 'g~k' sound hybrid?

    ㅆ - More emphasis, almost makes a 't' sound (as in tea). A good example of the ㅆ sound would be 'tsete fly'

    ㅛ - 'Yo' sound as in yo-yo

    ㅕ - 'Yuh' sound as in yummy

    ㅑ - 'Yaw' sound as in yawn

    ㅐ - 'Ae' sound as in chemical

    ㅔ - Same as ㅐ

    ㅒ - 'Yae' sound as in yes

    ㅖ - Same as ㅒ

    ㅁ - 'M' sound as in monkey

    ㄴ - 'N' sound as in no

    ㅇ - Silent, but makes an 'ng' sound when at the end of a sandwich. I.e. 야 - just makes the 'yah' sound, 양 makes a 'yang' sound.

    ㄹ - 'L' sound as in lion

    ㅎ - 'H' sound as in hoe

    ㅗ - 'Oh' sound as in no

    ㅓ - 'Uh' sound as in much

    ㅏ - 'Ah' sound as in 'Aight

    ㅣ - 'Ee' sound as in meek

    ㅋ - 'K' sound as in kill

    ㅌ - 'T' sound as in tea

    ㅊ - 'Ch' sound as in chicken

    ㅍ - 'P' sound as in party

    ㅠ - 'Yoo' sound as in you

    ㅜ - 'Oo' sound as in moon

    ㅡ - 'U' sound as in book

    Test Yourself if You Understand Fully

    Type these out in Korean!
    1. 안녕 (Good-bye & Hello)
    2. 제발 (Please)
    3. 진짜? (Really?)

    Answers

    1. dksdud
    2. wpqkf
    3. wlsWk?

    Make the sounds of these Korean characters!
    1. 퍾유
    2. 넹면
    3. 라면

    Answers

    1. **** you
    2. Naeng-myun
    3. La-myun (ramen in English)

    Credits to me (k5r2anchoe) for this guide.

    Thanks for the sticky
    Last edited by k5r2anchoe; 01-21-2008 at 07:01 PM.
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    thanks a lot
    this could really help in begging for money in korean servers xD
    and also, it would also help with those goddam korean confirmation codes LOL

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    is 안녕.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SahibX View Post
    this could really help in begging for money in korean servers xD
    lol
    u sound like a chinese . . . in most mmo i always see them beggin for money
    whether its in chinese or english

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    Nice guide, but one thing i don't get is:

    "ㅈ - A 'zh' sound as in jeep, Jim, and jam"

    ㅈ doesn't make a 'zh' sound...it makes a 'juh' sound. Like the letter J.
    For example: 제발.
    Its pronounced, "Jae-Bal"

    Not "Zhae-Bal"

    Dunno where you got the 'zh' thing...it sounds like the letter J.
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    Nice Guide , I should have made something like this
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    Totally stickied. Also, just a suggestion, you should give a warning to people that they need the Korean Language pack to see the characters (All I see are question marks :P).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silverpistol View Post
    Nice guide, but one thing i don't get is:

    "ㅈ - A 'zh' sound as in jeep, Jim, and jam"

    ㅈ doesn't make a 'zh' sound...it makes a 'juh' sound. Like the letter J.
    For example: 제발.
    Its pronounced, "Jae-Bal"

    Not "Zhae-Bal"

    Dunno where you got the 'zh' thing...it sounds like the letter J.
    Lol, you're right. I'll change it.
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    you have way to much time.
    All you need to know for korean fps games are...
    아 ㅄ-You retard
    아 ㅅㅂ- ahh ****
    닥쳐- shut up

    ENJOY!

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