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How are English words pronounced in Korean?

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Besides of Comparison of Korean and English we have seen previously, do you know how are English words pronounced in Korean? It is crucial to know the rules before you started in learning Korean language. You may be more understand of the articles below if you follow my Learn Korean lessons. Please make sure you go through all the lessons in Emagasia. Have a nice day.

How are English words pronounced in Korean?

One general rule of pronouncing Korean is that each consonant needs a vowel to be pronounced and made into a syllable. Without a vowel’s help, a consonant can not stand alone as an independent syllable. Let’s examine the methods by which the syllables are composed. Let’s Learn Korean!

  • When a vowel stands by itself – there will be two types of vowels either vertical vowels(vowels which are written on the right – 아) and horizontal vowels (vowels which are written below – 우), both types of vowels have no Korean consonants
  • When a consonant and a vowel occur together – the consonant sound first. When a consonant and a vowel occur together, consonant sound first like 나, 누 etc.
  • When a vowel and a consonant occur together – consonant sound last. The final consonant (which is optional) is called the final consonant (“batchim”) to distinguish it from the initial consonant – 안, 운
  • When a vowel occurs between consonants – Please note that although most of the time there is only one final consonant, occasionally there will be two, but that are not much – 난, 눈, 밖

Writing/pronouncing English words in Korean is no exception to the rule. For example, love, which has one vowel ‘o’ for a consonant l and e for v, is pronounced lo-ve ( 러-브 ) as two syllables. But a word such as skirt, which has only a vowel i for consonants s, k , r , t , must be broken into multiple syllables in Korean: s-kir-t ( 스-커-트 ) as three syallables.


How are English words pronounced in Korean?

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