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Hi everyone.
Welcome to The Ultimate Korean Pronunciation Guide.
In the last lesson, you learned seven vowels that sounded very similar to vowels in English.
In this lesson, you'll learn the remaining 3 basic vowels and two extra vowels.
The vowels in this lesson do not sound like anything in English, so listen carefully!
The first vowel is...
The sound of this vowel is similar to 'U' in the English word 'but', or 'ea' in 'Earth.'
Listen to the pronunciation again.
This sound falls between AH(ㅏ) and O(ㅗ).
When you say this character, make sure your tongue is placed in the back of your mouth.
Listen to it again.
ㅓ, ㅓ
And the next vowel is..
Do you remember this small stroke from the last lesson?
To pronounce it, simply add 'Y' to the beginning of the basic sound!
Starting with the 'Eo' sound, add Y to make 'yeo'.
Pronounce this 'Yeo' like the first part of the English word, 'Young.'
Listen to it again.
ㅕ, ㅕ
ㅓ, ㅕ
The final vowel is..
Think of 'OO' sound in Book or 'U' or 'Put.'
Try to make your lips as flat as this character!
ㅡ, ㅡ
Now, we've covered all 10 basic Korean vowels, but there are two additional vowels that you still need to learn.
Although they're not part of the basic set, you'll use them often.
The first one is...
ㅐ, ㅐ
It sounds like 'A' in the English word 'Apple.'
Listen to the pronunciation again.
Next is
This is a little like the E sound in the English word, Egg.
Round your lips, but allow your tongue to touch the lower teeth.
Listen to the pronunciation again.
ㅔ, ㅔ
You've mastered the pronunciation of all basic vowels in Korean.
What was the most difficult sound for you to pronounce?
Let us know in the comments!
See you in the next Ultimate Korean Pronunciation Guide lesson!