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Hi everyone.
Welcome to The Ultimate Korean Pronunciation Guide.
In this lesson, you'll master these unaspirated consonants.
These consonants are important to learn correctly, because in the next two lessons, you'll learn alternate versions of them with aspirated and tensed sounds.
The first consonant is...
ㄱ / (slow) ㄱ
This sounds like the "G" in "Gorilla." When you say this letter, you need to lift up your tongue in order to pronounce it correctly. Listen to a sample word.
누구 / (slow) 누구
The next consonant is...
ㄷ / (slow) ㄷ
It sounds like the "d" in "Do." Make sure your tongue is between your teeth like the "th" sound in English. Let's hear an example.
어디 / (slow) 어디
Next up is...
ㅈ / (slow) ㅈ
It sounds like the "J" in "Jane." Listen to an example.
여자 / (slow) 여자
In Korean, there's no "Z" sound, so people will use this to replace a "Z" sound in an imported word. Here's an example.
재즈 / (slow) 재즈
Even though this comes from an English word, make sure you don't say the second syllable with a "Z" sound.
The next consonant is...
ㅂ / (slow) ㅂ
It sounds like the "B" in "Brown." Listen to an example word.
람보 / (slow) 람보
When you pronounce "b" and "p" sounds, like "bat" or "put," you breathe out a small puff of air. The same thing happens in Korean, but you release a lot less air.
And the last consonant for this lesson is...
ㅅ / (slow) ㅅ
It's like a softer "SH" sound, like in "Sheep." Make sure your tongue touches your upper teeth and don't round your lips. Here's an example.
의사 (slow) 의사
Now, let's review these consonants with their names.
In the this lesson, we worked on the pronunciation of unaspirated consonants. Be familiar with these sounds, because in the next lesson, you'll master the pronunciation of the aspirated consonants.
Was seeing the pronunciation illustrations helpful? Please comment and share your thoughts.
See you in the next Ultimate Korean Pronunciation Guide lesson!


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Friday at 06:30 PM
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Do you know any Korean word that uses one of these consonants?

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Saturday at 03:41 AM
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Hi Minea,

Thanks for posting. Try pronouncing it slowly at first, making sure to place your tongue at the bottom/back of your front teeth. Practice makes perfect! ❤️️



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Wednesday at 04:57 AM
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I'm having difficulties with getting my tongue to touch my upper teeth when pronouncing 시옷. Would anyone happen to have any tips for that?

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Wednesday at 09:29 AM
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Hi Ushna!

Thank you for your comment.

Your name in Hangul would be [우쉬나(wu-shi-na)].

Hope this helps you.

Feel free to ask if you have more question. Thanks!



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Saturday at 05:24 PM
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Tuesday at 07:29 AM
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Hi Ahmad,

Thank you for posting. ㅈ is actually slightly different than the actual 'j' sound in English. It is more of a strong 'J' sound and sometimes it can also sound like a sound that is somewhere between the 'j' and 'z' sound'.

Having said that, it does not usually take on the 'ch' and 't' sound--the consonant ㅌ is closer to the T sound and ㅊ is used to pronounce CH.

Hope this was of help.



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Saturday at 05:07 PM
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Hello KoreanClass,

I noticed that the letter ㅈ can some times also be pronounced as (T or CH, as in 자 는), is there any rule to know when to pronounce it as J or CH?

Tuesday at 10:15 AM
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Hi Indra Saputra Ahmadi,

Thank you for the positive feedback!

Please let us know if you have any inquiries.



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Indra Saputra Ahmadi
Monday at 01:10 AM
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Tuesday at 06:07 AM
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Hi Juelle,

Thanks for posting. There are two ways to write the consonant ㅈ--ㅈ and ス. Both are correct. :)



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Monday at 01:05 PM
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Why does "ㅈ" in the workbook and the lesson notes look different than the one in the video? The one in the video looks like the katakana character for su "ス". Which character will I see more frequently?