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Hi everyone.
Welcome to The Ultimate Korean Pronunciation Guide.
In this lesson, you'll learn the top 5 Korean pronunciation mistakes to avoid.
You're on the path to mastering Korean pronunciation!
In the next lesson, you'll master the 5 Korean vowels.
What's your biggest challenge with Korean pronunciation?
Is it one of these Top 5 mistakes?
Let us know in the comments.
Stick with us and you'll overcome it quickly!
See you in the next Ultimate Korean Pronunciation Guide lesson!
You're on the path to mastering Korean pronunciation!
In the next lesson, you'll master the 5 Korean vowels, so click here to keep learning!
What's your biggest challenge with Korean pronunciation?
Is it one of these Top 5 mistakes?
Let us know in the comments.
You're on the path to mastering Korean pronunciation!
In the next lesson, you'll master the 5 Korean vowels.
See you in the next Ultimate Korean Pronunciation Guide lesson!
Number 1: Using the same pitch for the last syllable in a sentence
When speaking Korean, make sure to lower the pitch of the last syllable in the sentence.
Listen to an example.
(pause)
Again, the last syllable had a low pitch.
If you use the same pitch when you finish a sentence, you will sound very unnatural.
She kept the same pitch for the first and second syllable, but lowered the tone for for the last syllabe.
Listen to another example.
고마워.
(pause)
사랑해요.
(slowly) 사랑해요.
Number 2: Pronouncing imported words with a foreign accent
Listen to a word that is commonly used in Korean.
(pause)
Can you guess what it means?
It's the word for 'computer.'
It sounds similar to it's English counterpart, but there are important differences.
If you pronounced it like you would in English, you will be hard to understand.
Listen to two other examples.
컴퓨터
(pause)
오렌지
하트
The difference in pronunciation may sound small to you, but unless you say them with a native Korean accent, Koreans won't understand what you mean!
Number 3: Over-stressing syllables when speaking Korean.
Try saying this English sentence out loud.
(pause)
""I like Bulgogi.""
Pay attention to the stresses.
If you pronounce sentences like this in Korean, it will sound very unnatural.
Listen to the native speaker say this sentence in Korean.
(pause)
Native speakers do not place stress on any particular syllable.
Try saying the sentence without stressing syllables.
불고기가 좋아요.
(pause)
불고기가 좋아요.
Number 4: Using an "r" sound
This letter is often represented as an 'r' or an 'l.'
But you do not pronounce it this way.
In fact, there is no equivalent sound in English for it.
Listen to a word that uses this letter.
(pause)
It sounds closer to an ""l"" than an ""r"" in English.
Listen again carefully.
(pause)
We'll learn more about this in lesson 6, so don't worry about it too much.
사랑 / 사-랑
(pause)
사.랑 / 사랑
Number 5: Reading batchim as they are written.
When reading blocks of Korean letters, you'll often find one written at the bottom of a block, like this one.
This position is called 'Batchim', and letters in this position sometimes follow different pronunciation rules.
Usually, a letter's pronunciation remains constant.
When it is in the batchim position, however, it sometimes changes.
In this case, the letter, which is usually an 's' sound' becomes a 't' sound.
Listen to the native speaker pronounce the letter in two different blocks.
In the second one, she will pronounce it in the batchim position.
사, 삿
This principle applies to all consonants, except for a special group of nasal ones.
Whenever these consonants are placed in the batchim position, you will need to pronounce them differently.
Here's another example.
This letter usually makes a 'h' sound.
In the batchim position, you need to read it as 't'.
Listen to the native speaker.
In this block the letter appears both in the top and in the batchim position.
We'll cover this in greater detail in lesson 10.
(slowly) 핳.

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KoreanClass101.com
Friday at 6:30 pm
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Is there any Korean word that you really think is difficult to pronounce?

KoreanClass101.com
Tuesday at 5:16 pm
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Hi Daniel,


Great to hear that you’re learning well with our lessons!


In case of any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.


Sincerely,

Cristiane

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Daniel R.
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Wooow! I can read better now!

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Hi Kara,


Thanks for posting. Batchims are initially very confusing--but memorizing the rules and practicing reading them out loud will make it easier! ❤️️


Cheers,

Lyn

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Kara
Saturday at 7:54 am
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I agree with others, the batchim will probably confuse me!

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Hi Becky,


Thanks for sharing with us! Wow, you're trilingual! 👍


Cheers,

Lyn

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becky
Monday at 8:45 am
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Well i speak Spanish and English and sometimes i get the sounds confuse


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Hi Brianna,


Thanks for posting. We have a lesson series that focuses on batchims and batchim rules here:


https://www.KoreanClass101.com/lesson-library/learn-hangul-hana-hana-hangul/ (lesson 11-15)


Cheers,

Lyn

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KoreanClass101.com
Monday at 9:30 pm
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Hi Simina,


Thank you for posting.


Please also check out our lessons 11 to 15 for more details about it:

https://www.KoreanClass101.com/lesson-library/learn-hangul-hana-hana-hangul/


In case of any questions, please feel free to contact us.


Sincerely,

Cristiane

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Simina A
Monday at 4:05 pm
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I find Batchim quite hard to understand. It is confusing, but I hope I will understand it better at lesson 10 😇

Brianna
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The explanation of the batchim rule is a bit confusing. If the batchim rule means that the pronunciation of consonants change and every consonant changes when it is placed on the bottom wouldn't that mean the rule applies to all consonants? The video and notes say that the rule applies to all except for a special group of nasal ones but those are pronounce differently as well in batchim as well so what exactly is different?