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Hi everyone. Welcome to The Ultimate Korean Pronunciation Guide.
In this series, you'll master Korean pronunciation.
Proper pronunciation is essential in Korean, and in this series, you'll learn it in a fast, comprehensive, and easy way.
In this first lesson, you'll learn two key points for mastering Korean pronunciation.
The first key point is to master the pronunciation of 24 basic Korean letters.
The Korean alphabet has 14 basic consonants and 10 basic vowels.
One letter represents each of these sounds.
These are then written out in blocks to form each syllable.
Here's a sample character.
This block has two letters, one on top and one at the bottom.
The letter on top is the consonant 'N'.
Below it is the vowel 'u'.
Combined, you read the block "Nu."
Listen to the native Korean speaker.
ㄴ / ㅜ / 누
You can add another letter to the bottom of this block.
Compare the top and bottom letters.
Can you read the block?
The bottom letter is the N sound — just like the top letter.
Combining these with the vowel in the middle, you pronounce the whole block "nun," which means "eye" in Korean.
You will see many different block arrangements in Korean.
But once you master the pronunciation of the 24 basic letters, you can read any of these blocks in Korean.
The second key point is...
Each syllable in Korean is pronounced for the same length of time with equal stress.
For example, when you say 'Camera' in English, you put stress on 'ca-' and say it for longer than the other syllables of the word.
'Ca-mera'.
But in Korean, each syllable is pronounced for the same amount of time and gets equal stress.
Listen to the word, 'Camera' in Korean.
(pause)
This principle applies throughout the entire sentence, not just for individual words.
Listen to the Korean sentence.
카메라.
(pause)
이것은 카메라입니다.
Now to close this lesson, here's a question for you.
Why should YOU, including advanced speakers, spend time on learning proper pronunciation?
The answer...
You will be understood, and this will help you build more confidence as you communicate in Korean.
For beginners, you're on the path to learning proper pronunciation, and for more advanced students, this is a chance to finally master Korean pronunciation.
Now you know the basics of Korean pronunciation.
In the next lesson, you'll learn the top five mistakes people make.
You'll want to avoid these at all costs, so please stay tuned.
What is the hardest part of Korean pronunciation?
Tell us about it in the comments.
See you in the next Ultimate Korean Pronunciation Guide lesson.

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Friday at 06:30 PM
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Is the Korean pronunciation similar to your language's pronunciation?

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Saturday at 09:44 AM
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Hi Bria,


Thank you for posting. Some sounds are difficult, as they don't really exist in English (and vice versa, native Koreans have trouble differentiating between the 'L' and 'R' sounds), but with practice you'll get better! Try a lot of listening and practicing pronouncing everything out loud.


Cheers,

Lyn

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Hi Miriam!


Thank you for your comment.

Your name in Hangul would be 미리암(mi-ri-am).

Please let us know if you have any inquires. Thanks!


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Jiye

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Miriam
Tuesday at 07:52 PM
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Annyeonghaseyo.

How can I write and say the name MIRIAM in korean.

Bria
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My native language is English, so I have difficulty with pronouncing korean consonants like ㄲ or words that focus with more stress using the throat. I sometimes sound as if my my mouth is full of food when it comes to the words that are pronounced through the throat😆 But it's getting better the more i practice, listen and repeat each word. I also just signed up for premium plus, so I can't wait to see how i'll improve from where i am now 😄

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Hi Bhavya!


Thank you for your comment.

Your name in Hangul would be 바비아(ba-bi-ah).

Regarding 'V' sound, please see this lesson: 'F and V in Korean'.

(https://www.koreanclass101.com/lesson/absolute-beginner-questions-answered-by-jae-11-how-do-i-say-f-and-v-in-korean/)


Feel free to ask if you have other query. Thanks!


Best,

Jiye

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Bhavya
Wednesday at 02:57 AM
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Anneyeonghasseo,

can you tell me how to write and say my name 'bhavya' in Korean.

thank you!!

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안녕하세요 Marina,


Thank you for taking the time to leave us your kind message. 😇


If you have any questions, please let us know! 잘 하고 와. Good luck!


Sincerely,

레벤테 (Levente)

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Marina
Tuesday at 12:08 PM
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The videos are very helpful!!! 😄

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Hi Kathy!


Thank you for your comment.

Your name in Hangul would be 캐시(ke-si).

Feel free to ask if you have other query. Thanks!


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Jiye

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Kathy Spicer
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Hi,

Can you tell me how you would write and say my name “Kathy” in Korean. It seems there could be several ways. Thank you!