Speaking Hangul

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Chapter 1

Getting Down the Basics

In This Chapter

Sounding off with Korean phonetics

Pronouncing the basic vowels and consonants

Working on sounding fluent

Practicing some Korean phrases

Using Korean gestures

Surprising a woneomin (won-uh-min; native speaker) of Korea by perfectly

pronouncing a mungu (moon-goo; phrase or a munjang (moon-jang; sen-

tence) of their language can be jaemi (jae-mee; fun). And the purpose of this

chapter is to help you do exactly that. Here you will learn how to pronounce

Korean and get a hang of a few common haengdong (hang-dong; gestures). It

shouldn’t take long for you to begin fooling your Korean chingudeul (chin-

goo-deul; friends) into thinking that you’ve secretly been spending time mas-

tering the language.

Like unjeon (oon-jun; driving), riding ajajeongeo (ja-juhn-guh; bike) or

tightrope geotgi (gut-gee; walking), the only way to get better at pronouncing

Korean is by practicing. And the only way to fix your mistakes is by making

them. So in this chapter, I introduce words like chimdae (chim-dae; bed),

angyeoung (an-gyoung; eye glasses), chitsol (chi-sol; toothbrush), and keopi

(kuh-pee; coffee) so you can practice saying words throughout your daily rou-

tine, and also teach you some basic sentences and phrases so you can start

communicating in Korean. The more Korean you incorporate into your daily

routine and daehwa (dae-hwa; conversations) you have, the better your

understanding of Korean will become. Try to get a Korean friend to work with

you. Practicing accurate pronunciation will not only help you deutgi (deut-

gee; listen) and malhagi (mal-ha-gee; speak), but it will also...
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