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    [Guide] Matching your keys to the Korean alphabet - through pictures and imagination

    Ok, so we have many excellent guide on typing Korean, and how to pass LDs. What I'd like to cover in this thread is something that comes before that - how to remember which symbol comes out of each key you press once you changed your langauge to Korean.

    Unlike an old thread here, my method is purely pictorial, and does require some bit of imagination. Basically this was how I took maybe an hour or so to remember which keys match to which symbol (alphabet), and well enough to pass my first LD in KMS with plenty of time to spare. Call this a Korean typing crash course if you wish... it covers most of the Korean alphabet, the remaining ones... just take more time to look at the keyboard layout the remember them?

    warning 1: loads of imagination needed
    warning 2: this guide only discusses the pictorial/graphical aspect of the Korean alphabet, pronunciation is completely ignored.

    Ok, here's the Korean keyboard layout:

    Out of all these symbols, the easiest to recognise will probably be the square (ㅁ), the circle (ㅇ), and the horizontal (ㅡ) and vertical lines (ㅣ).

    ㅣ would be the easiest to remember. An l is an l right? So ㅣ matches to l on the keyboard.

    The square matches to a, and the circle to d, not that easy to remember, but lets look at the chunk on the right side of the keyboard first.

    So, L is ㅣ, now what about J and K? Notice how they are ㅣwith a dash to either the left or the right? How convenient, the one with a dash on the left side (ㅓ) is J, also on the left side of the two letters. AND, J has a little curve sticking out to the left too. And K? It has stuff sticking out of the letter l to the right side, just like ㅏ (only that K has two lines).

    ㅗ is like H chopped in half and turned around.

    Now we look at the top row. Y, U, I, O and P.

    You can match three of the keys like this:

    Notice how you just add 1 more line to each of the symbols? Easy right?

    O (ㅐ) and P (ㅔ) are a bit tricky though. But basically its like doubling your letter ㅣ, and you add 1 more line, either in the centre, or to the side. I remember it this way, O is a circle with nothing sticking out, so the symbol it represents is the ㅐ, where the dash is inserted in the middle, with nothing sticking out. So it follows that the "double l with a dash sticking out" (ㅔ) will be P (or you can remember it as, P being an l with a curve sticking out).

    So far so good? That's 9 keys already!

    Next lets look at the bottom right row, V, B, N and M.

    Lets start off with V.
    Notice how the Korean symbol ㅍ kind of looks like a V sandwiched between two lines? There you have it. That's your V (ㅍ).

    Now if we remove the bottom line from V (ㅍ)? You'll end up with ㅠ, matched to letter B. And if you move one more key to the right, one more line in removed and we get ㅜ. And yet another key to the right? Yet another line is dropped to leave us with a plain old horizontal line ㅡ.

    Bravo! That's half the keyboard covered already!

    The right side isn't as easy though...

    But lets start from the beginning, letter A. I.e. the square (ㅁ). No tricks to remembering this sorry.

    Now if we look to the top of A (ㅁ), we have Q (ㅂ). That's basically a square with two 'horns' sticking up. So if your square grows horns, they'll hit the key at the top of A (ㅁ), which is letter Q (ㅂ).

    Now if you slice ㅁ diagonally from top left to bottom right, you end up with two parts, basically ㄴ and ㄱ. The ㄴ bit didn't go far, and is letter S. The ㄱ bit flew a little further on to R though. Or you can remember ㄱ as the mirror reflection of the small letter r.

    E is strangely not ㅌ, but it lost a line to become ㄷ.

    ㅌis instead, mapped to X, a character with no physical resemblance whatsoever. Z (ㅋ) is kind of like a mirror reflection of X (ㅌ). Yes the lost/gained a line along with the reflection, but sometimes, ㅋis written as with the vertical line curved instead of straight, as in 키, so that makes it look more like the mirror of reflect of ㅌ... well just maybe... :X

    The remaining few are pretty tricky. C is ㅊ. Remove a horizontal line and it becomes ㅈ, which is mapped to W. Remove yet another horizontal line and its now ㅅ, mapped to T.

    The snake like character ㄹ is mapped to F.

    And lastly, ㅎis G. You can think of the letter g in a font like this:

    so there's a bunch of stuff at the top (two horizontal lines), and a circle below.

    Finally, if you want doubles, like ㅃ,ㅉ,ㄲ,ㅆ,ㅛ,ㅒ, and ㅖ, just press shift and the corresponding letter!

    That's all for my pictorial method of remember the Korean keyboard layout. Hope it helped :)

    Some additional tips for passing LDs
    1) Do not panic. 60 seconds is actually more than enough.

    2) Enter a space after each word, just so that your next letter will not be 'wrongly' incorporated into the previous word.

    3) Some alphabets change the way the look when paired up with other symbols. Straight lines becomes curved.

    ㅋ (z) becomes 키 (zl)
    ㄱ (r) becomes 기 (rl)
    ㅜ (n) becomes 위 (dnl)

    4) Take a brief look at the entire captcha before you start typing. If somehow there are words that you do no know how to type, consider pressing the enter key right away to let maple 'refresh' and show you a new captcha. Whether you can pass the new one though, will depend on your skills.

    5) You can still move and use skills even though the LD window is there. So feel free to park your character same somewhere safe before starting to type.
    Last edited by darkiller; 08-07-2013 at 07:01 PM.



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