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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 you pronounce the consonants ㅅ[siot] and ㅆ[ssang siot]?
Sometimes, Korean characters change their sound depending on their placement in the word. ㅅ[siot] and ㅆ[ssang siot] are both good examples.
Let’s go over how to pronounce ㅅ[siot] and ㅆ[ssang siot] correctly.
When ㅅ[siot] is at the beginning of a word, it makes an S sound. When it’s the final consonant, in Korean, 받침[batchim], it changes to a T sound.
When ㅆ[ssang siot] is at the beginning of a word, it makes an SS sound, but when it’s in the 받침[batchim] position, it also changes to a T sound.
Let’s do some examples together, so you can hear how they sound!
In the Korean word, 사랑[sarang], which means “love,” the ㅅ[siot] is at the beginning of the word. Therefore it’s pronounced as S.
Let’s do an example with ㅅ[siot] as the final consonant. In the word 맛 [mat] meaning "taste," the ㅅ[siot] is in the 받침[batchim] position, so it’s pronounced as T.
Now, let’s take a look at some examples with ㅆ[ssang siot]. The word, 쓰다[sseuda] which means, “to write,” begins with ㅆ[ssang siot], so the beginning of the word has an SS sound.
Another example would be 있다[itda], which is the Korean word for the verb “to be.” Here, the ㅆ[ssang siot] is in the 받침[batchim] position, so it’s pronounced as T.
Here’s a quick tip. Sometimes, the rules for 받침[batchim] sounds change! So, be sure to check out our Hana Hana Hangul videos on Batchim Rules at KoreanClass101.com!
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