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Hi everyone.
Welcome to The Ultimate Korean Pronunciation Guide.
In the last lesson, we learned the pronunciation of these unaspirated consonants.
In this lesson, you'll learn how to pronounce the aspirated versions of those consonants.
The first consonant is..
ㅋ / (slow) ㅋ
This is the aspirated version of this consonant.
Here's a trick to help you remember. When an unaspirated consonant gets one additional stroke like this, it becomes an aspirated consonant.
Aspirated means that a puff of breath is made when you make the sound, so as you say all of the sounds in this lesson, air should come out of your mouth.
Compare the sounds of these two letters.
가 / 카
The consonant in the second word is aspirated. Put your hand in front of your mouth, and repeat after the native speaker.
가 카
Can you feel the strong air from your mouth? That's the difference between the unaspirated and aspirated consonants.
Here's another word using this letter.
쿠키 / (slow) 쿠키
If you read it as a non-aspirated consonant, it will be..
구기 / (slow) 구기
Make sure you read aspirated consonants correctly. If you don't, you might get completely different reactions.
The next consonant is..
ㅌ / (slow) ㅌ
It sounds like 't' in English. It's the aspirated version of this letter. Just like when reading this letter, make sure your tongue goes between your upper and lower teeth like you read 'th' sound in English.
Here's an example.
타다 (slow) 타다
Put your hands in front of your mouth and read this word again. You can feel the stronger air coming out of your mouth when you read the first syllable. Repeat after the native speaker.
타다 (slow) 타다
The next consonant is..
ㅊ / (slow) ㅊ
It sounds like 'ch' as in 'China.' Listen to an example word.
차지 / (slow) 차지
The next consonant is..
ㅍ / (slow) ㅍ
It sounds like 'P' in English but you release a lot less air. Unlike other pairs, this one looks quite different from the unaspirated version.
Listen to an example.
포부 / (slow) 포부
Were you expecting one more aspirated consonant? Don't worry about this letter, because it doesn't have an aspirated version.
Now, review the aspirated consonants with their names.
In the next lesson, you'll master the pronunciation of the tensed continents. Perfect these sounds, because they’ll help you in the next lesson. What has been the hardest thing about Korean pronunciation so far? 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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Which of these Korean consonants is the easiest to pronounce for you?


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Monday at 10:40 PM
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Hi Rosey,

Thanks for posting. 밥 is pronounced as 'bap' as a standalone. Combined with other syllables, the pronunciation may change, for example if followed by a nasal consonant (ㅇ), it will sound different:

밥을 주세요. -->Babeul juseyo.



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Wednesday at 06:41 PM
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Hi.. how to pronounce this 밥 ? Is it "pap" or "pab" or "bab" ?

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Thursday at 01:42 PM
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Hi Akshaya!

Thank you for your comment.

Charmy in Hangul would be 차미(cha-mi).

Hope this help you.

Please let us know if you have any other question. Thanks!



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Wednesday at 04:49 AM
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Hi Akshaya,

Thank you for posting. We've already answered your question regarding the name Charmy in one of your previous inquiries.

As for mastering Korean, we have various lessons which will help you with grammar, pronunciation, and everyday conversation, try going to the 'Learning Path' section to see what fits your needs most. 😄



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Monday at 08:06 PM
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Can i know how to write and pronounce "charmy" in korean

Saturday at 10:56 PM
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I would like to know if there are any lessons to master korean speaking .

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Saturday at 10:51 PM
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Can I know how to write "charmy" in korean??...

Thank you....

Thursday at 11:22 AM
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Hi Ahmad,

A similar question was asked to the National Institute of the Korean Language and this was their reply:

When used in front of vowels, ㄱ is pronounced as 'g', in front of a consonant or at the end of a syllable it is similar to the 'k' sound. (I will also cut and paste their response, which is written in Korean, as reference).

'국어의 로마자 표기법'에 따르면 'ㄱ'은 모음 앞에서는 'g'로, 자음 앞이나 어말에서는 'k'로 표기합니다. 예를 들어, '구미'는 'Gumi'로, '월곶[월곧]'은 'Wolgot'으로 표기합니다.이러한 표기를 고려하여 'ㄱ'의 발음을 이해하시기 바랍니다.



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Saturday at 05:23 PM
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Hello KoreanClass,

I have a question about the pronunciation of the letter ㄱ

in the word 한국어 the letter ㄱis pronounced as G.

in the word 가 the letter ㄱ is pronounced as k.

Is there any rule to know when to pronounce as k or g?

Thank you!

Tuesday at 09:48 AM
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Hi ~Tasha,

Thanks for posting, sorry to hear that it is difficult for you. Try going over the video many times and sounding it out, and don't give up!



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