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Hi everybody! Jae here. Welcome to Ask a Teacher, where I’ll answer some of your most common Korean questions.
The question for this lesson is…
How do I say F and V in Korean?
Actually, there are no F or V sounds in Korean. In fact, there's no difference between P and F or B and V. Therefore, the P and F sounds are both pronounced as ㅍ[pieup] and B and V as ㅂ[bieup].
Let’s go through some examples so you can learn how to make these sounds in Korean.
Let’s say your name is Fred, how would you write it in Korean? Since F corresponds with P in Korean, you'd write it as, 프레드 [peuredeu], using ㅍ[pieup].
Another example would be with the name Victoria. Since B corresponds with V, you'd write it as 빅토리아 [biktoria], changing the V sound to B sound.
Let’s do one more with a tricky name, like Joseph. Here, the “ph” makes an F sound, so you’ll need to use ㅍ[pieup] and the name will be written as 조세프 [josepeu].
Although the Korean alphabet doesn’t distinguish between P and F or B and V, many Korean people nowadays are learning the differences. So, if you have one of these letters in your name, just tell your Korean friends how you'd like your name to be pronounced.
How was this lesson? Hope that clears things up!
Please leave any more questions in the comments below and I’ll try to answer them!
See you next time. 다음 시간에 만나요. (Daeum-sigane mannayo.)