Korean Pronunciation Practice

You have mastered Korean language script Hangeul, its sounds and the syllable structure of Korean. Now you can read almost any Korean text with perfect accuracy. Before moving to Korean grammar and other advanced stuff let’s practice what we have learnt till now.

The following words are commonly used for the name of places, brand, restaurants, foods and alike. You should know what most of these words mean if you sound them out correctly. The Koreanized version of sounds of the following noun is mostly borrowed from the English language and hence it differs from its original English pronunciation. The written form as well as the oral form are almost fixed and should be used accordingly. If it doesn’t make sense at first, try saying it a little faster.  Don’t forget to check the correct English counterparts of the words provide separately. Have fun! [Read more…]

Korean Pronunciation Rules

As I said in previous lessons, Korean words are not always pronounced as they are written. Often the pronunciations of letters change according to various rules. The good thing is that these sound changes make the words easy to pronounce. To learn the perfect Korean pronunciation, it is necessary to understand these pronunciation rules. Here in this lesson we will see 6 main pronunciation rules of Korean languages. There are a  few more small rules and exceptions but we will see them later in the course.  [Read more…]

Pronunciation of Korean Alphabet

In the last lesson we learnt the Syllable Structure of Korean Language. In other words, we learnt how we can combine individual Korean letters to construct syllable and words. In the same lesson, I told you that the pronunciation of Korean letters changes according to where they appear in the syllable or word. Any Korean letter can have a maximum of 3 possible pronunciations  (with a few exceptions) – 1) When in the beginning of a word, 2) When elsewhere in the word (except patchim), and  3) When as a Patchim (final consonant). The following pronunciation chart will help you learn the correct pronunciation of Korean words. [Read more…]

Syllable Structure of Korean Language

Till now, we have got a basic introduction of Korean language and Korean script Hangeul. We also learnt how to read and write Hangeul characters and some essential Korean phrases that we can use in everyday life. Now let’s see how we can combine individual Korean characters to make syllables and words. [Read more…]

6000 Most Common Korean Words

I have put a list of 6000 Most Common Korean Words compiled by National Institute of Korean Language on the TOPIK GUIDE website. This is a frequency list in which the words are arranged in the order of their frequency of use or commonness. The list has been divided into 6 parts. [Read more…]