Korean Pronunciation: Learn Korean Vowels & Consonants

3koreanclassNEW2Ah, so you want to sound like a native Korean speaker do you? Well, pronunciation is the first place to start! There are only two rules to mastering Korean pronunciation…

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  • Pronunciation Series – 1. Comparing English and Korean Consonants

2 Rules for Korean Pronunciation

  1. First, master the pronunciation of 24 basic Korean letters
    1. This means you learn the proper pronunciation of vowels and consonants.
  2. Next, know that each syllable in Korean is pronounced for the same length

1) 1st rule: master the pronunciation of 24 basic Korean letters. 

We’ll break this into two parts to make life easier.

A) Korean consonants pronunciation. 

Consonant Letter Sound
G
N
D
R/L
M
B
S
silent if at beginning of syllable, NG if at ending.
J
CH
K
T
P
H

B) Korean Vowel Pronunciation

Vowel Letter Sound Sounds like
a A in Car
ya Ya in Yard
eo O in Song
yeo Yo in Yonder
o O in Rome
yo Yo as in just Yo
u OO as in Boob
yu Yu as in You
eu Like OO in Good
e Like EE in Meet

Now, to bring these all together, here’s a complete Hangul Reference chart.

As you can see, when it comes to combinations, each syllable starts with a consonant (the blue characters on top) and ends with a vowel (the yellow characters on the right). And yes, vowels by themselves can happen too.

Korean pronunciation chart

So, for example, if we were to take the first one in the upper left hand corner:

  • ㄱㅏ – it creates the sound “Ga”

The one below it?

  • ㄱㅑ – it’s pronounced as “Gya”

And so on. Easy enough right? All you have to do is memorize them and the combinations won’t be too hard to master.

Use these Korean pronunciation charts a reference. Or, check out the video lesson to actually hear Korean pronunciation at the link below. But first… there’s a second, very important rule about Korean pronunciation.

2) 2nd Rule: Each syllable in Korean is pronounced for the same length with equal stress.

Before we go any further, say the word camera out loud.

How does it sound like?

If you’re a typical American English speaker, you’ll say it as “Caa-mer-a.” Most of the stress is on the “Ca” and the least is on the “a.” When it comes to Korean pronunciation, the syllables in camera are pronounced with equal stress for the same length of time.

  • Ca-Me-Ra
  • 카(ka) 메(me) 라(Ra)
  • So the way you’d say it would be “Kah-Meh-Rah.”

That’s it. These are the top 2 basic rules you need to know about Korean pronunciation. Is this perfection?  Are you a master speaker now? Aw, hell no. There’s more you need to learn but rest assured, one step at a time; you’ll get there soon enough if you’re consistent!

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