Korean Double Consonants
|ㄲ||gg||쌍기역||as in god|
|ㄸ||dd||쌍디귿||as in dot|
|ㅃ||bb||쌍비읍||as in boy|
|ㅆ||ss||쌍시옷||as in sit. the beginning of ㅆ is
stressed slightly more than ㅅ
|ㅉ||jj||쌍지읒||as in job|
Korean Study Tips
♦ When the consonant ㅆis placed as the final consonant(받침) of a syllable, ㅆ is pronounced as “t” ex. 있다 = itda
♦ These are some of the easiest consonants to learn as their pronunciation is always the same except for ㅆ.
Double Korean Consonants with Vertical Vowels
Korean Consonant Families
Korean Consonant Families Explained
The table above displays the 5 Korean consonant families. Each column represents a consonant family. The consonants in each column are related and have similar yet slightly different pronunciations.
The amount of air leaving your mouth is the least with soft consonants. Pronounce ㄲ = g then ㅋ = k back to back. Notice that less air leaves your mouth as you pronounce ㄲ resulting in a softer, less stressed sound. The same can be done with each Korean consonant family.
These letters are the most difficult as they are between the soft and stressed pronunciations. Follow the pronunciation tips in the tables of How to Study Korean Hangul part 1 and part 2. This will go a long way.
The amount of air leaving your mouth is the most with stressed consonants. Pronounce ㄲ = g then ㅋ = k back to back. Notice that more air leaves your mouth as you pronounce ㅋ resulting in a harder, more stressed sound. The same can be done with each Korean consonant family.
Korean Study Tips
♦ The pronunciations of each consonant family takes a bit of practice to distinguish the differences. Don’t worry to much about this.
♦ If you mix up the soft, basic, and stressed pronunciations while speaking don’t worry too much as Koreans often understand what you are saying anyway.
♦ Understanding the differences in pronunciation is most important here. Your pronunciation will improve over time as you continue to study Korean.
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