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how can I know if the pronunciation of ㄹ such as 'R' or 'L'?
Mar 5, 2011 5:22 PM
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IMHO and for my ears, ㄹ definitely sound different, like R or L, depending of its place in the syllable. Although, if you ask a native Korean speaker, he or she would tell you tell you that there is no difference, probably because native speakers aren't always aware of some aspects which comes naturally to them. So the general rule is that when ㄹ is pronounced L only when it's the last consonant of the syllable and the first letter of the following syllable(if any) is not a vowel or ㅎ. Here are some examples: 1) 사랑 (saRam) 이름 (iReum) in these cases ㄹ is the first letter of the second syllable and sounds like R 2) 날씨 (naLshi) 갈비 (kaLbi) sounds like L because ㄹ it's the last letter of the syllable and the next syllable doesn't start with a vowel 3) 말아요 = Don't (maRayo) 일해요 = Work (iReyo) - in this case ㅎ becomes silent sounds like R because the next syllable starts with a vowel/h sound 4) 실례합니다 = Excuse me (shiLe hamnida) 알렉스 = aLex 아렉스 = aRex In this case I noticed that in order to obtain an L sound at the beginning of a syllable, you have to double the ㄹ. For example, if I'd wrote my name 아렉스 instead of 알렉스, it would sound aRex instead of aLex. I hope it makes sense what I wrote above :) I guess the above observations also depends on the perception of the R/L sounds in your native language. For my native language, they make sense.
March 6, 2011
thanks hailey for the link :)
March 6, 2011
ㄹ is not R, nor L. I'll give you a link. Click the word "라디오" - watch the woman's tongue while listening to how it is pronounced. >>>>>>>
March 6, 2011
if it depends on something, can you give me the example when i should pronounce it as 'L' or 'R'?
March 6, 2011
ㄹ is a cross between 'R' and 'L' sound. Most of the time it will sound crossed but some words will learn towards either the 'L' or the 'R' depending on what word is.
March 5, 2011
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