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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.
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See you in the next Ultimate Korean Pronunciation Guide lesson!