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Great to see you here !
This blog is designed for anyone who wants to learn Korean in beginner, intermediate, advanced levels !
My plan is to implement using "teachable machine" on every post to guide you through words/phrases to check your pronunciation. 
My goal is for anyone to just drop by once a day or two to pick up few Korean words/phrases in which will definitely add up in the future 😎
Because of how blogger works, please check out the "label" section on the left menu bar to easily navigate my posts in order. 
If you are new to Korean, you may want to start from welcome -> beginner 101  -> and so on.
Always feel free to leave a comment/question or email me at !!
So now...buckle up and get ready to learn some Korean !

Lesson 4: γ„Ή (Rieul/Lieul)

Welcome back !Let’s go straight into our fourth consonant γ„Ή (리을).Alert Alert ~! We have a really tricky one here. This one is written as “Rieul” or “Lieul”Let’s try to pronounce it.

How did you pronounce it? What did you hear? L  or R? This one is so tricky because depending on the word, it might be closer to L or R!!But basically, most of the words are closer to R than it is to L.On words with γ„Ή, you will most likely to hear R sound first and then touch of L...Very strange right? How do you hear two different sounds in such short amount of time?😱
Okay…let’s take one step at a time. For the consonant γ„Ή(리을), try to pronounce it with Rieul. However, try not to roll the R too much.  If you can roll your tongue less on the R, you will most likely to get the sound that you want. This require lots of practice as your tongue would not be so use to this pronunciation. If you listen to the audio above, you can hear that I didn’t pronounce it with "Re" but more with the "Li"…

Lesson 3: γ„· (Digeut)

Hi Welcome Back ! πŸ‘
Let's get straight into our third consonant γ„·.
It is written as Digeut. Try to pronounce them ! (It is actually easier to pronounce than it looks)

It sounds very similar to "Dig it" but less the "it" sound. For some of you, this might be easier than our first two consonants γ„± & γ„΄. 

How does γ„· sound in Korean words? γ„· is similar to "D" sound. 
You can practice γ„· by pronouncing the word "the" 
Let's try with the activity ! You can try "Digeut" & "D" sound.
γ„· (λ””κ·Ώ/Digeut)

How did you do? Was it easier than γ„± & γ„΄? or was it more difficult?
Do share your thoughts and as always, if you have any questions, feel free to reach out :)
On our next lesson, we will be learning our fourth consonant γ„Ή.
Have a great day everyone πŸ™‡

Lesson 2: γ„΄ (Nieun)

Hey Hey Hey ~ Welcome back !πŸ’ͺ
Now let's finally move onto our next consonant γ„΄(λ‹ˆμ€/Nieun)

As always, let's try to pronounce γ„΄ (Nieun).
Did you pronounce it correctly?
So it is pronounced with two syllable Ni-eun. Ni is quite easy to pronounce but the "eun" is what makes it difficult. 
I have heard many non-Korean speakers pronounce it like "un" just like the word uncomfortable. 
Well it is definitely not easy and very hard to explain. But if you hear the recording above, it is definitely not "un" sound.
So for me personally, when you say "un," I noticed that my tongue is either placed on the bottom or the top of my teeth. However, "eun," I see that the tongue is placed between the bottom and the top teeth after pronunciation. 
Okay...quite difficult right? Listen to the audio again and let's try with our activity.
γ„΄ (Nieun)

Now let's try how γ„΄ is pronounced in Korean words. In the audio above, I have pronounced N before I pronoun…

Lesson 1: γ„± (Giyeok) (Part 2/2)

Hey Hey Hey~πŸ˜ƒ
Welcome back !
Let's finish off our lesson 1 γ„±.

When a  word with γ„± is romanticized, it is often written with G or K.
(Now if you know BTS, JungKook is written with K even though it should be pronounced with the G).
Listen to the clip below...did you hear G or K?
You are not wrong to hear K sound as it does have that "K sounding" before you voice it.
Using JungKook as an example, we have yet to learn this advanced consonant but with K sound, it should be written with μ •μΏ‘ not μ •κ΅­. 
Please note, you can always write with K or G. However, for the sake of speaking like a native, try to always have G in mind.
So how do you practice? Try to pronounce "great". that G sound before reat, is what you are aiming for. You will still hear that bit of K sound but that's normal ! Just keep in mind that G should be more pronounced than the K.
Let's try with the activity !
γ„±(k) or γ„±(g)

Great work today :) We are one step closer to become a Korean Master 😎
Next lesson, …

Lesson 1: γ„± (Giyeok) (Part 1/2)

Hey:) Welcome !
Let's go straight into our first lesson.
Hangeul(ν•œκΈ€) is made with 24 characters. 10 vowels and 14 consonants.  
We are going to start with our first consonant Giyeok (γ„±). do you say Giyeok? Try to pronounce it first and listen to the video below.

Did you pronounce it correctly?
When it is written with G, It is very easy to make a mistake pronouncing similar to "JI" sound. But just imagine yourself saying "great."  

Now let's try it with the activity !
Let's try with voice recognition ! (I have set it so that it opens a new window !)

You want to have 100% on Giyeok(κΈ°μ—­). I have recorded "other" for similar but wrong pronunciation.

How did you do? If you have any questions, feel free to ask :)
On our next lesson, we will learn how γ„± should be pronounced  in Korean words !
See you soon~!

Video guide for A.I voice recognition activity

Hey ~!
You can watch the video below to understand how to do the short voice recognition activity.
As always, feel free to ask me any questions !
Have a great day everyone :)

How does AI speech recognition work? How will I be posting?

Just before you start, I want to quickly explain how i will be posting & AI speech recognition system.
1. As for the romanization, I will be trying to write how it really sounds.
For example, character γ„± can be either  K or G.
To pronounce it more fluently, it is better to use G sound in which I will be using through out my post. 
Interesting to note, reason why K sounds exist is that even though Korean speakers would say ꡬ(Goo), non-Korean speakers would hear Goo or Koo ! I do really see why K sound can be heard. 
 But like I mentioned previously, I want you to sound more like Korean native, so I will be only using the G sound using the example above.
You are NOT wrong hearing different consonants compared to what is written !

2. Using A.I speech recognition as a guide line
Google is providing in development A.I for people to use. Since it is in development, it is not perfect but I have found that it does quite a great job.
I can definitely make every recognition page better but for the s…

Let's start with the basics !

To learn Korean, we need to know what the Korean "Alphabets" are, right? πŸ‘Œ
We can learn more about Korean history soon. The Korean "alphabet" (aka Hangul/ν•œκΈ€) was created by King Sejong. (μ„Έμ’…λŒ€μ™•)
The "alphabet" used to contain 28 characters but during the early 20th century, 4 of them were removed mainly due to people "not commonly" using them.
So now, we use 24 characters.
γ„± γ„΄ γ„· γ„Ή ㅁ γ…‚ γ…… γ…‡ γ…ˆ γ…Š γ…‹ γ…Œ ㅍ γ…Ž <- 14 consonants
ㅏ γ…‘ γ…“ γ…• γ…— γ…› γ…œ γ…  γ…‘ γ…£<- 10 vowels

This is Korean 101 post but let me overwhelm you by saying that even before we mix consonants and vowels to make words, we can also mix vowels or consonants themselves !! 
γ„± γ„² γ„΄ γ„· γ„Έ γ„Ή ㅁ γ…‚ γ…ƒ γ…… γ…† γ…‡ γ…ˆ γ…‰ γ…Š γ…‹ γ…Œ ㅍ γ…Ž
ㅏ ㅐ γ…‘ γ…’ γ…“ γ…” γ…• γ…– γ…— γ…˜ γ…™ γ…š γ…› γ…œ ㅝ γ…ž γ…Ÿ γ…  γ…‘ γ…’ γ…£

Woah.....are you already losing interest?? πŸ™ˆ
We will go through each individual vowels and consonants nice and easy with details in the future posts !