Pronunciation

Pronunciation

The most difficult part of Korean Grammar is probably to pronounce words and sentences correctly. Individual consonants and vowels' pronunciation can be listened to from "Korean Alphabets" section. It is very helpful for beginners.

And for those who wish to hear more dynamic spoken Korean, I have posted many videos so please check them out. The best way to learn pronunciation is to listen to the words repeatedly.

Translation Challenge - Songs

Translation Challenge - Movies

To help those who want to learn more about pronunciations, please read the following rules.

[Note: I discourage the use of Romanization because the romanized words do not represent the words' proper pronunciation. Nevertheless I included them here for convenience.]

Rule1. Any words without a final consonant should be read as they are.


Eg.
  • 바다 = bada 
  • 노래 = norae
Rule2. A letter containing ㅇ as an initial consonant is replaced by the final consonant of a letter before it.

Eg.
  • 놀이 [pronounced 노리 = nori (NOT Nol-i)]
  • 삼일 [pronounced 사밀 = sa-mil (NOT the rigid pronunciation of sam-il)]
  • 밥이 [pronounced 바비]

2 comments:

  1. I have just started learning Korean. I don't understand what you mean by "soften" in this context. Please explain in detail what I have to do with my mouth and throat to "soften" a sound. Thank you.

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  2. I've made changes to my explanation. I meant, "A letter containing ㅇ as an initial consonant is replaced by the final consonant of a letter before it." So 놀이 → 노리

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