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Hi everyone.
Welcome to The Ultimate Korean Pronunciation Guide.
So far we've introduced you to the basics, and covered the top 5 mistakes Korean learners make and how to avoid them.
In this lesson, you'll learn how to pronounce Korean vowels correctly.
Make sure you master these sounds because you'll need these vowels to properly speak in Korean.
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We'll learn the rest of the vowels which have no English equivalent in our next class.
See you in the next Ultimate Korean Pronunciation Guide lesson!
Make sure you master these sounds because you need these vowels when you speak in Korean.
Was seeing the pronunciation illustrations helpful?
Please comment and share your thoughts.
Make sure you master these sounds because you'll need these vowels to properly speak in Korean.
We'll learn the rest of the vowels which have no English equivalent in our next class.
See you in the next Ultimate Korean Pronunciation Guide lesson!
Do you remember there are 10 basic vowels in Korean?
In this lesson, you're going to learn 7 vowels that sound similar to vowels in English.
Here's the first vowel.
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Open your mouth wide, as if you are at the dentist, and relax your tongue, then try to say ""ah.""
ㅏ, ㅏ
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The next vowel is...
Think of 'O' sound in Orange.
Round the lips, as if you're surprised.
ㅗ, ㅗ
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And the next vowel is..
"Purse your lips as though you are about to whistle or blow a balloon, or say ""u"" as in ""ultra.""
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The lips are more relaxed for the Korean ""u"" sound than the English ""u.""
Compare Korean ""u"" with English ""u"".
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(English) ""u"".
ㅜ, ㅜ
ㅜ (slowly) ㅜ
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And the next vowel is..
Open your mouth as if you are trying to show your teeth – and say the letter E. Say it like the "ee" in "meet", but shorter.
ㅣ,ㅣ
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Now, review the four vowels that we've just learned so far.
Repeat each vowel after hearing the pronunciation from our native speaker.
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Okay, now let's move on!
The next three vowels you will learn look like this.
These three vowels look very similar to the ones that you just learned.
The only difference is that they each have an extra stroke attached to them.
Listen to how the pronunciation of the vowels change when the small stroke is added.
ㅏ, ㅑ
This small stroke adds a 'Y' sound to the beginning of the original sound.
Compare the pronunciation of these two letters once again.
When you say this letter, don't pronounce the 'Y' sound for too long.
Listen to the pronunciation again.
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The next vowel is...
Take the original 'U' sound and add a 'Y' to make YU.
Together, they sound almost the same as 'YOU' in English, but with a shorter Y.
ㅠ, ㅠ
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Let's hear the next vowel.
Again, add a short Y sound to the 'O'.
Listen to the pronunciation again.
ㅛ, ㅛ
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Now, review the three basic vowels that has 'Y' at the beginning.
Repeat each vowel after hearing the pronunciation from our native speaker.

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Which of the 10 basic Korean vowels do you find difficult to pronounce?

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Olivia
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Very helpful 🙂

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Tuesday at 9:42 am
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Hi Wesley,


Although it is not exactly the same ㅓ is close to the 'uh' sound in umbrella. Hope this makes it somewhat easier!


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Wesley Wisdom
Saturday at 7:00 am
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These have been a Godsend for me. Though, I still have trouble with ㅓ. I just can't seem to replicate it enough consistently. I have to stop and really focus to make the sound even close. On the plus side, when attempting to read Korean, I know this character more than most due to my trouble with it!

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Beth
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They were helpful

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Hi Alicia,


Glad that you're enjoying our lessons!


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Alicia
Wednesday at 11:34 pm
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Oh yes seeing how the sounds are formed and the positioning of the tongue is what I've been yearning for. I've been known to replay close up shots on dramas just to study the mouth formations. The Pronunciation course is answering a lot of my questions on tongue placement. Thank you! 😄

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Raina
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This was really hepful thanks!!!