Korean Pronunciation Guide

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Target level

From upper beginners to advanced learners

What can you achieve through this course?

  • Learn all the official rules of Korean pronunciation
  • Learn the correct pronunciation of words or phrases that Korean learners often make mistakes when pronouncing
  • Practice along with a native speaker to improve your pronunciation
  • Take quizzes designed to advance your listening and help you differentiate sounds

 

Trailer + Sample lesson

 

Lecturers

Cassie Casper

Kyung-hwa Sun

Course language

English

What can you find inside the course?

  • 25 video lessons
  • A PDF file of lesson notes

 

Customer reviews

"Hands down the best money I spent on TTMIK products. I learned so much. (Rather I had to unlearn things to relearn them.) While I may not say everything correctly 100% of the time yet since I am still memorizing all the rules and still training myself to forget what I was taught before, I have noticed I am starting to hear the sounds (or what letter they are pronounced like) correctly more often than I was before. Plus when I forget a rule while I'm studying and the word I hear sounds different from what I said I now understand why and I know there is just a rule there that I just need more practice with. It is a much better and more reassuring situation than before where someone was telling me "this is how this one word is pronounced but that is all you're going to get for this lesson. figure the rest out for yourself." Thank you TTMIK."

Carrie P.

"Love these. The videos are actually enjoyable to watch and make studying fun. Honestly! It's like lightbulbs flashing on when I learn the mysteries of when things don't sound like they're written. Everyone should watch this. You'll save yourself a LOT of confusion and stress."

Barbara B.

Table of contents

  1. Diphthongs: Why don't Koreans pronounce 의 as 의?
  2. Long/Short Vowel Sounds: Are 눈(snow) and 눈(eye) pronounced differently?
  3. Batchim: 빋 = 빗 = 빚 = 빛 = 빝 = 빟
  4. Compound Consonants as Batchim: Should I pronounce the ㄹ or ㄱ in 읽다?
  5. Assimilation Part 1: 닫히다 and 다치다 are pronounced exactly the same way.
  6. Assimilation Part 2: ㄴ always becomes ㄹ when it's with ㄹ.
  7. Fortition Part 1: Why is 박주연 pronounced 박쭈연?
  8. Fortition Part 2: Why is 갈 거예요 pronounced 갈 꺼예요?
  9. ㄴ Insertion: Why isn't 꽃잎 pronounced 꼬칲?
  10. ㅅ Insertion: Why isn't 나뭇잎 pronounced 나무싶?
  11. Ending Consonant Sounds: Ignore the romanizations.
  12. ㄴ vs N
  13. ㄹ vs L
  14. ㄷ vs D
  15. Differentiating ㅈ, ㅊ, and ㅉ
  16. Differentiating ㄱ, ㅋ, and ㄲ
  17. Differentiating ㅂ, ㅍ, and ㅃ
  18. Differentiating ㅅ and ㅆ
  19. Differentiating ㄷ, ㅌ, and ㄸ
  20. 오 vs 어
  21. 요 vs 여
  22. 으 vs 우
  23. When Spelling and Pronunciation Are Different
  24. English Loan Words
  25. Korean Words English Speakers Know

Reviews

  1. Alena,

    This guide was extremely helpful for me. I have just finished it. The first few lessons were things I had already come across through other sources on korean pronunciation rules, but so much was new to me and things I’d never seen.

    Lesson 8 on fortition rules (pt2) was especially englightening to me, because it answered a lot of questions I had about some words having tensed consonant pronunciation after ㄹ or ㅁ batchim. And I had never found anything about this online before, even when specifically searching for it.

    The content in lesson 9 and 10 definitely seems more advanced, as they’re about pronunciation rules that only apply if a word is a certain type, eg. compound word/derivative, and if it’s your first time seeing a word, you may not know if it is one of those. It’ll probably be something I learn as I come across more words and their pronunciations, but good to be aware of.

    There is also some confusion I have when I see that certain words, that seem like none of the rules apply to, have random tensed consonant pronunciations. eg 태권도 [태꿘도] but that might be something I learn as I come across new words and have to accept there’s no explicit rule for. Is it always true, however, that loan words that end in 스 are pronunced like 쓰 though. Like 버스 [버쓰] and 주스[주쓰] (mentioned in load words lesson).

    One thing I’d like to point out and ask about the course information is, in a couple lessons, you have rules about how to pronounce the next syllable if the previous batchim is ㅂ, or a batchim that is pronounced like ㅂ; and in that list of consonants that are pronounced like ㅂ you guys include ㄼ. But from the lesson on compound consonants (lesson 4), ㄼ was introduced as one of the ones that is pronounced as the first letter (ie ㄹ) and so wouldn’t be applicable to rules about a ㅂ (sounding) batchim. Like the rule about ㅂ becoming ㅁ when followed by ㅁ,ㄴ. A word like 얇네, would be pronounced like 얄네, and not 얆네 or 얌네, correct?

    Other than that, thank you so much for the guide and all the hard work gone in to it! It has truly been indespensable in helping my korean pronunciation.

  2. Phoebe Rose,

    I’m only 5 lessons in and my premium subscription just paid for itself, this is so useful!!! Explained in a really clear, concise way, I love that these lessons are so short. Perfect for a refresher!

    • TalkToMeInKorean,

      Thanks for your comment ! 🙂 We keep trying to make more efficient courses like this ! ^^

  3. 아멜리에,

    Hello! This is a great course for anyone starting to learn Korean who are constantly left dumbfounded when a syllable isn’t read the way you think it should be… (like me). I have definitely learned a lot. Thank you so much to the team behind this, I will absolutely recommend it to anyone I know who is struggling!

    When it comes to comparing pronunciation, I’ve talked to some of my friends who are also learning Korean and we are all struggling with differentiating ㅜ and ㅗ. We all find them easy to differentiate from the other vowels, but sometimes struggle when they are spoken together. I should have liked to see a video on this, as I feel like we surely can’t be the only ones struggling with these particular sounds. (We’re all Scandinavian, so perhaps our language background is part of the issue?)

    • TalkToMeInKorean,

      Glad that you learned a lot from this course 🙂 I’d recommend you listen to lesson 20,22 and repeat the sounds of ‘ㅜ’ and ‘ㅗ’ !
      I’m sure it will be very helpful ! 화이팅~!

  4. Camila Rico,

    I have a question, from my listening, I think that when speaking fast:
    – ㄴ becomes ㅁ before ㅂ ex. 문번 = 뭄번
    – ㄴ becomes ㅁ before ㅁ ex. 한 번 말해 = 함 범 말해
    When speaking slowly it does not seem so, but when speaking fast, that change seems apparent to me. Am I hallucinating? Thank you so much!

    • TalkToMeInKorean,

      You’re completely right! 🙂

  5. Rachel Tan,

    I enjoyed the lessons very much. Cassie is really cute in this video too :p
    Have to say, for advanced level, lessons 12-22 are mostly basic stuff which would be more recommended for beginners. I am wondering for lesson 23, is it ok to pronounce the way it is written or to speak the way native Koreans pronounce them, or are both correct? Would be good to mention that in the video 😊 Thank you TTMIK for the lessons, the content is much better than any private Korean tuition which I had so far!

    • TalkToMeInKorean,

      Some are correct even grammatically but the others are not.
      When it comes to spoken Korean, we’d say both are totally fine!

  6. Felipe Castillo,

    I always wondered why some words were pronounced differently and how to pronounce other ones. Now I can say I understand the reason and how to pronounce them correctly. Amazing!

    • TalkToMeInKorean,

      We’re glad that it helps your pronunciation! Keep up the good work!

  7. B J,

    I love how there is SO MUCH content in every course! the quality and quantity information is superb! thank you TTMIK team!

    • TalkToMeInKorean,

      Thank you for learning Korean with us! 😉

  8. Felix Wolf Blue,

    So grateful for the concise grouping of all of these pronunciation rules! Good stuff for people even at intermediate levels of learning who maybe haven’t noticed some pronunciation rules that can help out with fluency in the long run. Great job by everyone!

    • TalkToMeInKorean,

      Thank you for studying with us!:)

  9. TTMIK,

    Thank you so much for the amazing course!

    • TalkToMeInKorean,

      Thank you so much for the amazing support!

  10. Carrie Parker,

    Hands down the best money I spent on TTMIK products. I learned so much. (Rather I had to unlearn things to relearn them.) While I may not say everything correctly 100% of the time yet since I am still memorizing all the rules and still training myself to forget what I was taught before, I have noticed I am starting to hear the sounds (or what letter they are pronounced like) correctly more often than I was before. Plus when I forget a rule while I’m studying and the word I hear sounds different from what I said I now understand why and I know there is just a rule there that I just need more practice with. It is a much better and more reassuring situation than before where someone was telling me “this is how this one word is pronounced but that is all you’re going to get for this lesson. figure the rest out for yourself.” Thank you TTMIK.

    • Hwayeon Kim,

      Hi, I’m Hwayeon from TalkToMeInKorean. We are glad to hear that you’ve improved a lot!!! Thank you for studying with us:)

  11. Barbara Bayer,

    Love these. The videos are actually enjoyable to watch and make studying fun. Honestly! It’s like lightbulbs flashing on when I learn the mysteries of when things don’t sound like they’re written. Everyone should watch this. You’ll save yourself a LOT of confusion and stress.

    • TalkToMeInKorean,

      Thanks for the lovely comment! 🙂