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Perfect Pronunciation of Korean Vowels, Part 1

Perfect Pronunciation of Korean Vowels, Part 1


Hi everyone.
Welcome to The Ultimate Korean Pronunciation Guide. So far we’ve introduced you to the basics,
and covered the top 5 mistakes Korean
learners make and how to avoid them. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to pronounce Korean vowels correctly. Do you remember there are 10 basic vowels in Korean? In this lesson, you’re going to learn 7 vowels that sound similar to vowels in English. Here’s the first vowel. Open your mouth wide, as if you are at the
dentist, and relax your tongue, then try to say “ah.” The next vowel is… Think of ‘O’ sound in Orange.
Round the lips, as if you’re surprised. And the next vowel is.. Purse your lips as though you are about to
whistle or blow a balloon, or say “u” as in “blue.” The lips are more relaxed for the Korean
“u” sound than the English “u.” Compare Korean “u” with English “u”. And the next vowel is.. Open your mouth as if you are trying to
show your teeth – and say the letter E.
Say it like the “ee” in “meet”, but shorter. Now, review the four vowels that we’ve
just learned so far. Repeat each vowel after hearing the
pronunciation from our native speaker. Okay, now let’s move on!
The next three vowels you will learn look like this. These three vowels look very similar to
the ones that you just learned. The only difference is that they each have an extra stroke attached to them. Listen to how the pronunciation of the vowels change when the small stroke is added. This small stroke adds a ‘Y’ sound to the
beginning of the original sound. Compare the pronunciation of these two
letters once again. When you say this letter, don’t pronounce
the ‘Y’ sound for too long. Listen to the pronunciation again. The next vowel is… Take the original ‘U’ sound and add a ‘Y’
to make YU. Together, they sound almost the same as ‘YOU’
in English, but with a shorter Y. And the next vowel is… Again, add a short Y sound to the ‘O’.
Listen to the pronunciation again. Now, review the three basic vowels that
has ‘Y’ at the beginning. Repeat each vowel after hearing the pronunciation from our native speaker. Make sure you master these sounds because
you’ll need these vowels to properly speak in Korean. Was seeing the pronunciation illustrations helpful? Please comment and share your thoughts. We’ll learn the rest of the vowels which have
no English equivalent in our next lesson. See you in the next Ultimate Korean Pronunciation
Guide lesson!

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