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Is Korean a very phonetic language, or does it work more like English?


Is Korean a very phonetic language? I ask because I am reading along with stuff and I swear I am reading letters I am not hearing :(

In English the written language does not always read like the spoken word, ie silent letters, odd spellings.

Is Korean like this or do you say excatly what you read and write ?

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Another thing we do in English is change the sound of letters if they are written with other letters, Is that maybe what I am hearing?

For learning: Korean
Base language: English
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    Dear Beth, Hello again.
    Yes, it is very phonetic language, we can say. But we still do have some rules for that as well, but it's not that complicated because it's usually all about 'the rule of economic pronounciation' which means pronounce the language with using the minimum of the vocal organ. So sometimes it doesn't seem sounds are same the way it looks like. But I still would say it is a bit different from English thou. Because English words accept so many other kinds of language roots, such as German, French, Italian even Hebrew, Latin as well. So they prefer to follows their original pronounciation. Korean is a bit different. If you know the rules of pronounciation, it could be easier to speak out.
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    Sorry,I don't konw about Korea.
    I think that what do you mean by phonetic language is whether you can read letters based on the sounds of phonetic mapping directly. So, it depends on a writing system used in the language.

    Hangul, the writing system of Korean, is phoneme-based though there are some variations. So, reading and writing is easy although you may not understand meaning.

    Sorry ,i don't know

    it is a very phonetic language also additional language system as janpanese.if u know his basical rules of pronunciation. u can read it even u dont understand them.

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