Tag Archives: sound

Clear vowel sounds

I’ve been thinking a lot about vowel sounds.  When Idahosa Ness’ free course on How to tune your vowels popped into my inbox, it seemed perfectly timed. I do not have vowels figured out.  You would think I would by … Continue reading

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Golden Axe Folk Tale

I read the folk tale of the Golden Axe (in English) in the Korea magazine published by the Korean Culture and Information Service. Many months ago, I saw Fresh Korean had the Golden Axe story in Korean.  It was beyond … Continue reading

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I’m not saying Korean is a hard language, but …

No worries.  I will figure out how to say ㄹ some day.  What a patient tutor I have who has been trying to coax ㄹout of me for 3 months now.  Haha.  I laugh at myself every day.

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Colors and vowel direction

I am struggling to keep vowels separate in my mind, to be able to tell sounds apart and remember spelling.  I am trying to come up with a system for my flashcards and memory. 오방색 Obangsaek is the 5 traditional … Continue reading

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Dictionary Skills: 2000 Essential Korean Words – FREE MP3’s for Korean

I use the book 2000 Essential Korean Words for Beginners as a dictionary type reference. However, I discovered my accompanying MP3 CD was cracked.  So I visited the publisher Darakwon’s site to obtain the MP3 files.  The publisher has many free … Continue reading

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IPA Keyboard

Instructions on how to install the IPA keyboard and fonts can be found here.  It is similar to how you add a Korean keyboard.

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Reading aloud “The Giving Tree”

A painfully bad reading of The Giving Tree.  Don’t listen, it will make your ears bleed.  haha I have progressed far enough with the story in LingQ to eliminate all the blue unknown words.  Tutor helped by providing these words:  … Continue reading

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Regional dialects in New England and the Boston accent

With each new Korean I meet, I have the same discussion about my accent.  So this post will put some thoughts about that in one place.

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Pronunciation

At my request, I am starting my tutor sessions focused on pronunciation.  Others might say to just listen and practice speaking, and eventually it will sink it.  That might be true, but I am in silence most of the time. … Continue reading

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7 Ways final consonant is pronounced

In Korean, there are 7 final consonant sounds 1.ᄉ,ᄊ,ᄃ,ᄄ,ᄐ,ᄌ,ᄍ,ᄎ,ᄒ (t) 2.ᄋ (ng) 3.ᄂ (n) 4. ᄆ (m) 5. ᄀ,ᄏ,ᄁ (k) 6. ᄇ,ᄑ,ᄈ (p) 7.ᄅ (l~r)

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Pronunciation & Grammaropolis

Here are some cartoons about pronunciation.  Ryan from Mindpasta started it with his notes on pronunciation (see below). A few simple concepts about the Korean language help to bring together what looks like a bunch of random rules about when … Continue reading

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How do you say R?

Tom Scott explains how people make R sounds.  It has given me some insight into why I can’t roll my r’s.   It also made me understand how R and L sounds are similar to Koreans.  The way I say … Continue reading

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Dictionary skills

This post will discuss why to use a dictionary, types of dictionaries, and how you can improve your dictionary skills. “no matter which dictionaries learners use, if they receive only brief introductory lessons on dictionary use rather than on-going training in … Continue reading

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If you were curious about Glossika and want to hear what it sounds like, check out the free audio on ITunes. I want to learn Thai some day, so I couldn’t resist. Read more at womenlearnthai.

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Living Language

Living Language has a mobile app and online tools that are FREE and excellent. Even without purchasing the audio and books, this is a great learning resource. Living Language Korean Complete is a set of books, audio, and online tools. … Continue reading

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