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Pronunciation difference between ᄉ and ᄊ

I am confused regarding pronunciation differences between ᄉ and ᄊ. Different sources show different tongue tip placement while pronouncing them. Some learning blogs teach that ᄉ is pronounced with ...
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Korean words whose pronunciation differs unpredictably from the spelling

There are several Korean words which have a pronunciation that differs from the spelling in an unpredictable way, like 내과 (actually pronounced like 내꽈) and 여권 (actually pronounced 여꿘).1 As far as I ...
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How should ㄱ be pronounced?

To my ears, ㄱ is pronounced as g or k depending on the word. 강남 -> k 내과 -> k 아기 -> g Is there any simple rule-of-the-thumb? Note. This is not a duplicate of this as that thread discussed ...
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Why does a word like 여권 have consonant strengthening?

I heard Korean speakers pronounce the word for "passport" as 여꿘, with the strengthening of the consonant that happens with particular words. Is there any logic for which Sino-Korean words receive ...
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Does the liaison always happen in Korean?

I wonder if a liaison always happens in Korean or not. I mean the last consonant in the previous word is absorbed into the next vowel. In French, there is a rule on which word the liaison happens, ...
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Where can I learn to pronounce Revised Romanization of Korean

I am a starter for learning Korean. From these two websites: 1) https://www.wattpad.com/37798905-learn-korean-language-reading-romanized-korean ,and, 2) https://lifeoutsideoftexas.com/2014/05/...
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Is the initial ㅎ not pronounced sometimes?

Sometimes I could not hear the initial "h" sound in the character ㅎ. For example, when I learned a word 회전 (rotation) in Memrise today, it sounds like "we-jheon", and I could not hear any "h" sound. (...
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The pronunciation of ㄴ + ㄹ combination

For example, if you pronounce the word 문리, the ㄴ turned into ㄹ because it is put right before ㄹ. However, the rule of the pronunciation of ㄹ is: (according to a Reddit page) ㄹ has two different ...
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Is there any difference in pronunciation between 학교 and 하교?

I have very hard time in writing the words by hearing the sounds. Now when I heard the word "school", I thought the word should be written as follows: 하교 But I found out the correct spelling is: ...
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Are consonants put at the last block of the character aspirated or tense?

Some characters have consonants parts at the last part of them. For example: 같, not 갇 갘, not 각 갔, not 갓 In these characters, do you pronounce the last consonant aspirate or tense, or just pronounce ...
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When to pronounce as [dz] and [dʑ] in Korean ㅈ (IPA)?

I'm looking at the Korean IPA chart and found out the two symbols for ㅈ: dz ㅈ j beds dʑ ㅈ j roughly like gee But what is the difference and when I should pronounce them over the other? ...
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Is 최 ever pronounced like it rhymes with “boy”?

You might know of well-known Soviet musician Viktor Tsoi, whose name in Hangul is 최 and in Cyrillic is Цой. The thing is that now his name seems to be written as 초이. My guess is that it has something ...
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In which dialect are 애 and 에 pronounced differently?

I found the following sentence in Duolingo: Due to recent sound changes, 애(얘) and 에(예) are pronounced the same in most Korean dialects. However, according to Wikipedia Korean IPA article, the ...
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How can I understand the three extremely similar sounds, like 기, 키, and 끼?

In Korean the sound differences are very subtle and it is incredibly difficult to distinguish them unless your native language also includes them. For me, it is very difficult to distinguish 기, 키, and ...
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Do all Sino-Korean words have exactly one reading?

In Mandarin, if you see "風車", you know it says "fēngchē". But in Japanese, if you see the same two characters, you don't know if it's "kazaguruma" or "fūsha". Roughly, those Japanese words are two ...
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Silencing 는 of 만나는 in rap to 만난? When is it okay to silence parts of a word without changing meaning?

1:47-1:48 See You Again - Produce 48 https://youtu.be/ogUI4eeHsCg?t=108 From the phrase "만나는 날" I played it at 20% speed to see if there was any soft enunciating for the "neun" part of 만나는, but there ...
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더 sounds like tteo (fortis) instead of deo (lenis) in a rapping part of K-Pop?

Here it is from 1:20-1:21. link It at least sounds like fortis to me. This part is rapped by a Japanese person (Sakura), but I figure K-Pop has some regulations to make sure they pronounce it at least ...
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Pronunciation differences of ᄌ/ᄎ, ᄀ/ᄏ, 애/에, 어/오 etc

Do koreans clearly distinguish between ᄀ/ᄏ, ᄃ/ᄐ, ᄇ/ᄑ, ᄌ/ᄎ, ᄉ/ᄊ, 애/에, 어/오 while hearing a native speech? I have tried to catch the difference between these sounds, but I cannot find any pronunciation ...
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섭리 pronounced as 섬니? Is this another sound assimilation to make it easier to pronounce?

I'm not used to two consonants changing sounds. It's usually just one of them that changes, so just to verify, is what I heard correct?
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Does Korean pronunciation sometimes differ in singing / rapping compared to spoken language?

I notice a lot of things are pronounced differently than they would in regular spoken speech. It could just be my ears. However, here are a few examples in BTS's DNA. 1:49 https://youtu.be/t9LC-...
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In 걱정하지, why does the first ㅈ sound like ㅊ?

I read that some consonants such as ㅈ are aspirated at the beginning of a sentence or phrase or something. However, I can't really find the explanation for this particular scenario where they sound ...
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Why does ㄴ sometimes sound like ㄷ (first position), such as in 너의?

Why is "너의" pronounced "deo-e"? I hear a very strong and clear "d" sound, stronger than an English 'd' in the following video (1:53, but it's already embedded in the link): https://www.youtube.com/...
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In the pronunciation of 잘할게, the 할 sounds likeㄱ+ㅏ+ㄹ, and 게 sounds like ㄲ + ㅔ, and I'm confused

This is the full sentence: 넌 아무 말 안 해 아 제발 내가 잘할게 I don't know any Korean, but just trying to pronounce. I hear "Chalgalkke" via Google Translate pronounce. The initial position makes the ㅈ sound like ...
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Why is 자꾸 pronounced “Chakku” but written as “Jakku”?

I'm new to Korean, and it's possible I might have heard it wrong. But for BTS - I Need U and Forvo (pronunciation website), I hear "chakku". It doesn't seem to matter what precedes or follows the word,...
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How do you pronounce 협 correctly

How do you pronounce the syllable 협 (hyeob) correctly in Korea? I tried to listen in google translate but it is very difficult to make clear what part of the mouth that is actually being moved even ...
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How is ㄹ pronounced in 말하다, 일하다 etc?

According to Naver & wiktionary, 말하다 is pronounced like [말:다] Must I say it like 1. [마라다] 2. or with a ㄹㄹ sound [말라다] 3. or with a ㄹㄹ sound [말ㄹ하다]
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How to pronounce 닝겐?

I was wondering if 닝겐 is pronounced 닌껜, same for 멋대로 as 머때로 and so on? Is the "g" in ㅇ pronounced differently than the "g" in ㄱ?
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What's the correct pronunciation 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 ...