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Questions tagged [pronunciation]

This tag is for questions about the sounds, intonation, and stress of how words are uttered or produced.

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Pronounciation of 몰라요

I know the hangul ㅁ is equivalent to "m", but I've also heard it sounds more like "b" This is based on anecdotal observation where the former is usually the case in song lyrics and the latter in ...
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Why do some English subtitles on youtube seem like poor romanisations of Korean?

Sometimes, a friend suggests suddenly that we would take a photo. Then we have a gesture as follow : Photo ? Why, without a reason ? (A) 사진 ? 아 왜 갑자기 ? When I watch a Korean drama in youtube, I ...
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Why is the initial consonant of the second syllable of 현장 not tensed (된소리)?

Early on in my Korean studies, I learned that in multi-syllabic words, the first consonant of a subsequent syllable is typically tensed (된소리) if the preceding syllable ends in a consonant (받침). For ...
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is the pronunciation of “아저씨”same as “아젓시”?

Is the pronunciation of "아저씨" same as "아젓시"? I know that the word 아젓시 does not exist but just curious about pronunciation.
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Pronunciation of Two-Consonant patchim

I have just come across the link about pronunciation of two-consonant patchim in Korean. Does anyone know any basics for the rules such as why do the rules exist? Also is there a simple way to ...
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Pronunciation differences between 어 and 오, 애 and 에 in DPRK

Is there any difference in pronunciation between 어 and 오, 애 and 에 in DPRK? As I hear from news or documentary films, the announcer speech spells these vowels in different way. Anyway, is there any ...
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Beginning consonants sounds. Are those mixed sounds?

I'm watching this video where beginning consonants are explained. It seems to me that most of the sounds are a mixed version of the ones that we usually have in english. For example ㄱ has phonetic ...
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Phonetic alphabet korean

I'm starting on learning korean, I like series of video lectures. However I do struggle with the pronunciation, and I wonder if like english there's a phonetic alphabet somewhere I can follow or use ...
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Pronunciation of “mieum”

I just started to learn Korean and I decided to start by learning to read. I learned the pronunciation of the letters "i" and "eu" which sound like "i" and "ö" in German, respectively. So far, so good....
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Which one is correct: ‘갈 데까지 가다’ or ‘갈 때까지 가다’?

PSY's <강남 스타일 (Gangnam style)>. It's kind of famous, you know. This is what its lyrics say: 지금부터 갈 데까지 가 볼까? Shall we go all the way through from now on? But is it really 데 here? Isn't it ...
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How is 깨끗하다 pronounced?

I can pronounce it both ways below 1) 깨끋타다 2) 깨끄타다 I think #2 is the correct way but when I listen to this words pronounciation on google translate, which you can slow down, it sounds like #1
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About the pronunciation of ㅎ

When I speak fast, can I say 대악생 for 대학생? Just as so, say 사랑애 for 사랑해, 기외 for 기회. The omission of ㅎ or the weakening of ㅎ is all about my listening experience when I get to drama, variety show and ...
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Is ㅎ ‘labial’, glottal or both?

It appears to me that ㅎ isn’t always pronounced the same way, and that it sometimes – apparently only word-initially – is pronounced almost labially. (Note the quotation marks in the title.) I first ...
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Pronunciation difference between 실례 and 신뢰

Take the following two phrases: 실례합니다 (excuse [me]) 신뢰합니다 ([i] trust/have confidence in) Please help me understand any nuance of sound between the two.
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Is Yi (yee) a proper/accepted way of stating the number 2?

In my taekwondo class the instructors tend to pronounce the Sino-Korean version of the number 2 as Yi or "yee" - as opposed to "ee" (이). Is this correct and, if so, how is this written in Hangul? --- ...
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식식하게 or 씩씩하게 목소리 높여? Which did I hear in a song?

I was streaming Korean music, and unfortunately, the stream doesn't have a good way to identify songs, singers, nor lyrics. To answer my question, it might be necessary to hear the song, but in lieu ...
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What was the original value of syllable-initial ᆼ (ㆁ)?

What was the original value of syllable-initial ᆼ? ᆼ (whose archaic form was ㆁ, not the other ᆼ that it was conflated with and that is truly zero) represents zero in modern Korean syllable-initially, ...
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Is there any rule relating to ㅣ+ㅓ = ㅔ notㅐ?

Is there any rule relating to ㅣ+ㅓ = ㅔ notㅐ? If we change the order of the combination then it makes sense to have ㅓ+ㅣ= ㅔ. I have just come across a list as below. I'd like to know if there is any ...
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Pronunciation of 개 versus 게

Is there a difference between the pronunciation of 개 (dog) versus 게 (crab)? Or do you just have to use context to know which one is being spoken about?
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How to pronounce “나, 너” etc. correctly

When watching Korean dramas, I've often heard 나, 너 pronounced as either "na, no" or "da, do". Isn't it associated with the "n" sound? Have I misheard or is it OK to pronounce in both ways?
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Pronunciation of 잘 입다

I was reading this article (https://www.korean.go.kr/front/page/pageView.do?page_id=P000103&mn_id=95) and it says in one place that it's pronounced 잘립따, but in another it says it's pronounced 자립따. ...
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Why is there no 't' sound in 맞네요, and there is in 맞다?

I am learning from TTMINK. I'm in the first workbook level but they continued using the ending “-네요”, so I went to Lv3 Lesson 25 to find out what it means. In one of their examples they use 맞다, and I ...
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Why are ㅅ ㅆ pronounced as a stop when they are in the 받침?

I can understand why when ㄷ ㅌ ㅊ and ㅈ are in the 받침 since they require a stop to be pronounced, but I don't understand why when ㅅ or ㅆ are in the 받침, they are pronounced as a stop since they don't ...
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Pronunciation of ㅆ [duplicate]

I started studying Korean a few days ago though this site https://www.howtostudykorean.com and in the first few lessons it taught me to pronounce ㅆ as 'ss'. But then I reached lesson 5 and listened to ...
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When used as particles, do 의 and 에 sound the same?

I've recently begun learning Korean and I just learned that 의 is often pronounced like 에, hence why 저의 becomes 제. If this is the case, how can I tell the difference between 의 and 에 in speech?
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Chinese character pronunciation in Japanese vs Korean

In the paper Korean in Contact with Chinese (2006) by Ho-Min Sohn, it states While Chinese characters in Japanese are read with both Sino-Japanese pronunciation and the pronunciation of the ...
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Are these two pronunciations of 그럼 valid?

On forvo, there's two pronunciations of 그럼. The two sound different to me. The one by fairybel sounds like the second syllable has more of an "ㅏ" sound than a "ㅓ" sound, as if it were "그람", whereas ...
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Colon in pronunciation guide of 정리하다 [정ː니하다]

I've just noticed that there is a colon in the pronunciation guide of the word 정리하다 as below. 정리하다 [정ː니하다] What is the purpose of this colon? Does this mean we should make a pause when reading ...
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Pronunciation of 不: 불 vs 부

不 can be pronounced either 불 or 부 depending on the word (examples). Is there a rule or pattern when to which one or is it just a matter of memorizing word by word?
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Websites or software showing pronunciation guide of a phrase or sentence

I am wondering if there is any website to show the pronunciation as below. 어떻습니까 --> [어 떠 씀 니 까] 좋슴니다 --> [조 씀 니 다] 따뜻합니다 --> [따 뜨 탐 니 다] With single word, there are some excellent ...
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Why is 눈 pronounced the way it is?

The word 눈 is pronounced differently to what I expect it would, with regards to the first consonant. Fluent Forever mentions that pronunciation rules for Korean are fairly complex, but I don't ...
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Korean dictionary (online or offline) showing the pronunciation

Do you know any dictionary of Korean showing the pronunciation of each word like the example below? That would be a great resource. 까맣다 [까ː마타] Another question: is there any equivalent version of ...
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If ㅆ meets the consonant ㅅ, will the resulting sound be a double “ ss ”?

i was just wondering if its okay to transliterate or pronounce it to kuossumnida 그었습니다 or should it sound like kuot sumnida with the t stops ? or is it okay if this two ㅆ+ㅅ = ㅆ or double ss ? hence it ...
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Position of stress in speech of younger speakers

I've read somewhere that if the first syllable of a word is heavy (i.e. has CVC structure or has a long vowel), then it gets the stress. However, younger speakers of Seoul Korean don't make the long ...
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Pronunciation of 낯익다

When looking up the word 낯익다 in the dictionary, I was surprised to find it was pronounced [난닉따]. I would have expected the ㅊ to have been voiced in the second syllable because of its initial ㅇ, and ...
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Pronouncing last digit as 하나

I was saying my license plate number to someone the other day, and when the clerk repeated it back to me, she used Sino-Korean numbers for everything (as I would expect) except she said 하나 (native ...
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Pitch accent in Korean

Are there any resources for learning the pitch accents for words in Korean? Additionally, how do you determine pitch accents for conjugated verbs and compound words?
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Pronunciation of 옷이 with linking sound

I am wondering if is there any pronunciation rule for 받침 when linking sound is involved. For example, the word 옷이 in the sentence below. 시장에 옷이 많았습니다 When we read the word 옷이 slowly (so not using ...
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How to transliterate 中文 in Mandarin pronunciation to Korean?

I am working on an art project that I would like to collect the hundreds of different transliterations of 「中文」 zhōng wén in Mandarin Chinese. (Pronunciation available here: https://translate.google....
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Linking sound in 11월 and 12월

I am wondering whether Korean people using linking sound when reading the two months as below. With linking sound, I mean the pronunciation is something like those ones inside square brackets. For me, ...
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Pronunciation of patchim in 맛있다 and 맛없다

I am wondering how Korean pronounce the patchim ㅅ in 맛 of the adjectives below. 맛있다 맛없다 When read words (맛, 있, 다) separately the ㅅ in 맛 sounds like ㄷ. However, because the word after 맛 (...
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Pronunciation of number 7 in native Korean number

I am a bit confused about the pronunciation of number 7 in native Korean number. As in the video here (at 27:47), the Korean teacher pronounced it as 일 리 겁. Could anyone confirm if this is correct or ...
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Pronunciation of 잘 - /jal/ or /jai/

I am wondering about the pronunciation of Korean sentence before eating below. 잘 먹겠습니다 - (Jal moke get sum nida) I am confused about the pronunciation of 잘. Is it /jal/ or /jai/? As I learned ㄹ ...
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Is there any rule for the pronunciation of 닫히다 as tachida not tathida?

Is there any rule for the pronunciation of 닫히다 as tachida not tathida as in the picture below? Thanks.
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Korean hangul with voiced, unvoiced and aspirated or not aspirated

Does anyone know where can I find Korean alphabet which tells if a vowel or consonant is voiced or unvoiced, aspirated or not? Thanks.
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description of intonation variation with exclamative sentences (various cases envisaged)

In the question "description of intonation variation with declarative, interrogative, propositive, imperative, exclamative, …?" topo morto said that exclamative intonations intonations are often ...
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difference of prononciation between both Koreas because of absence of 사이시옷 in North Korea?

In the question "Chronology of orthography before and after the separation of North and South Korea", MujjinGun has said that 사이시옷 is abolished by the last writing reform in North Korea. However, I ...
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description of intonation variation with declarative, interrogative, propositive, imperative, exclamative, …?

It is said that there are 5 kinds of sentences : declarative, interrogative, propositive (exhortative), imperative and exclamative sentences. But is it true ? How can the intonation variation be ...
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Does standard Korean still contain any signs of being a tonal language?

This answer mentions that some dialects have tones even in modern Korean, but I've always assumed that standard Korean is essentially a non-tonal language. However, I've read in this source that this ...
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In which cases does pronunciation change when a character ending in a consonant is followed by a character starting with a vowel?

(A rule I recall reading has affected how I pronounce words and I want confirmation on whether it is correct.) When you have a 'character' that ends with a consonant and is followed 'character' that ...