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Korean manual alphabet

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Korean manual alphabet

The Korean manual alphabet is used by the Deaf in South Korea who speak Korean Sign Language. It is a one-handed alphabet that mimics the shapes of the letters in hangul, and is used when signing Korean as well as being integrated into KSL.


The only letter with motion as a component is ssang siot (), which starts as two crossed fingers pointing down and then snaps open.

r, l


ㅏ a
ㅐ ae
ㅑ ya
ㅒ yae
ㅓ eo
ㅔ e
ㅕ yeo
ㅖ ye
ㅗ o
ㅚ oe
ㅛ yo
ㅜ u
ㅟ wi
ㅠ yu
ㅡ eu
ㅢ ui
ㅣ i

Note that the difference in orientation between eo, yeo and the diphthongs based on them, e, ye is not significant.

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