Basic Consonants

Basic Consonants

Today we are going to continue with another set of Korean letters called: Basic Consonants! 

Here is the list of all Basic Consonants:

Regards to pronunciation - please, refer to my Instagram page or click on each letter below and swipe left for audio sound:

This time we raise the difficulty or at least from my personal experience I had a hard time learning those letters - but, maybe it's just me! :))

However, when we look at ㅈ(j), ㅅ(s), and (ㅊ(ch) - in the next lesson)), those were the letters that took me some time to recognize due to their similarities. What did help me out is to associate these letters with something else - for example, the letter  looks like J  (to me) with that dashed line on the top. Then  reminds me of the Czech letter Č where do we have this sign about the letter C as well, but I understand this cannot be the same association for everyone and the ㅅ has nothing on the top. I hope this will provide you with an idea to assign those letters to something which will help YOU to memorize it! The same approach I do recommend with every letter - it does help! 

The next thing I would like to mention is the sound of basic consonants - for example,  sounds most likely like "s". However, with "Iotized Vowels" letters, where do we add an extra dash "|" slide it's more like "sh", so ㅅ(s), and 샤 (sha).

Then we have a letter , which represents two letters "r" and "l" - it's like saying "r" but end up with "l". All that I would recommend (now) is to focus on where is this letter located. If it's in the begging, then go with "l", if it's in between two vowels, then go with "r"
For example, the word:  럭비 which stands for Rugby is actually pronounced leogbi - with l. Another example is 스토 stands for Restaurant which is pronounced as leseutolang - but the second l is more like r - make sense, right? :)) This is not the easiest letter, but we will master it in time!

That's not all, then we have words ㄱ, ㅂ, and ㄷ which represent both voiced and unvoiced sounds such as (g/k, b/p, and d/t) depends on the surrounding letters and their sounds. Again, something where we will need to gain experience to master.

I think that's it for today, hope this will not prevent you from continuing with the study of the Korean language and see you soon in the next lesson about Aspirants.

Don't forget to train those new letters and as always, have a good day!


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