안녕하세요~ so previously i wanted to mention, what is the meaning of typing the word given in english? ex: 위 (stomach) but yet, being a very early learner, how will that acknowledge me as i continue forward?? shouldn't the korean language seperate the sounds, then show you how to add them to make the full word? like: ㅇ+ ㅜ+ ㅣ=위. im not sure, maybe i'm just confused, please respond, and add your best advice. ><
(ps. learning for seventeen!)
Actually to produce a sound the hangul letters must be combined in a valid syllable block. For example writing ㅏ alone is not a valid syllable in Korean, you have to use the consonant placeholder ㅇ first: 아 = 'a'. Yes, you will see people write ㅎ or ㅋ alone to indicate laughing but that's kinda like writing lol or rofl. Real Korean syllables must follow the CV, CVC, or CVCC guidelines for creating symbols (C=consonant like ㄱ,ㄴ,ㅇ,ㅂ,... V=vowels like ㅏ,ㅓ,ㅜ,ㅡ,...)
To answer your question, you will want to learn the basic sounds that each hangul character makes, such as ㄱ = g or k, or ㅗ = o. This information is in the Tips&Notes lightbulb for the alphabet lessons!
A lot of the time, one syllable can be a whole word, sometimes it's only part of a word. Like how 'at' in English is a word by itself but also part of 'cat', but only 'c' or 'ca' are not words. In Korean, one syllable alone could mean something. For example 남 = south (pronounced 'nam'), but the word for man also has that sound: 남자. (namja)
For now, I recommend learning the sounds that the syllables make and what words they can mean. 위 can mean stomach but also (on) top. Duolingo accepts both those answers but in the early lessons I believe you can also write the romanized sound: wi