September 7, 2017



Is there a difference in pronunciation between "e" and "ae" and between "ye" and "yae"?


에 has an [e] sound, a tense mid front unrounded vowel, like in "bait", "made".

애 has an [ɛ] sound, a lax mid front unrounded vowel, like in "bet", "head".

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Thank you for the IPA. That helps a lot.


Thanks, it helps a lot!

For people who knows French:

[e] is é (café). [ɛ] is è (scène, j'ai)

I have a problem to hear those sounds in ㅔ and ㅐ on Forvo through,

에 :https://ko.forvo.com/search/%EC%97%90/

애: https://ko.forvo.com/search/%EC%95%A0/

Especially the firt one, sounds rather to me like a long è, between the è and the é. Someone else hears the same than me?


Thank you for the explanation! Would you say that you open your mouth wider in the former than you do in the latter?


In theory, yes. But most modern Korean speakers can no longer tell the difference.


That makes it hard to know if Duolingo wants wae or we, yae or ye


Yea that is true


Well, that makes feel a little better knowing Koreans have trouble with this too. I was going crazy trying to hear the difference. That doesn't help me on these tests though. I took four years of Korean in college so I know the characters but I still have to guess which one.


Native Korean. There is a difference between '에, e' and '애, ae'. When you speak '애, ae', the mouth should be opened much horizontally. Speak '에, e' and make lips horizontally wider (height of the mouth will be shorter). You can see the pronunciation is changed. Same for '예, ye' and '얘, yea'. Hope this will be helpful.


Now I understand


It helped me a lot, thanks


They sound the same to me too


Its ok i started out like that, but if you really listen you can hear the suttle difference. If you're still having trouble i would suggest going to Koreanclass101.com or going on their youtube channel. It really helped me hear the differences.


They're the same "eh" sound but ㅐ (ae) has your mouth opened wider, same thing with ㅖ and ㅒ (ye, yae) you just add the "y" sound along with it.


I think is about how long the sound is, but I actually don't know


Hope this helps:

Lessons 1 and 2:

ㅣ = i

ㅏ = a

ㅓ = eo (Romanized as “eo” but it sounds closer to “uh” in English)

ㅡ = eu

ㅜ = u

ㅗ = o

Lesson 3:

ㅑ = ya ㅕ = yeo ㅠ = yu ㅛ = yo

Lesson 4:

ㅐ = ae (a combination of ㅏ and ㅣ)

ㅔ = e (a combination of ㅓ and ㅣ)

ㅒ = yae (most commonly seen in the word “얘기하다” – meaning “to talk with”)

ㅕ + ㅣ = ㅖ = ye (예)


Doesn't "yes" = "네"?


네 is the informal way of saying yes. 예 Is the formal way.


it isnt technically informal, 예 is the most polite you can get 네 is what you usually here and thats just polite but the informal way if yes is 응


Yes, Korean has two ways to say yes. And 네 is the one used more often


Actually 3 : "예" "네" "응"


Ok when I got this one, my two options were, and I kid you not, "yes" and "Yes" and if that isn't confusing I don't know what is


Oh man jus wait until you get to lesson 3 and start learning about the different 5 different symbols that all have the same sound "gat"


Omg im doing this now and dyingggg


The emphasis of the "alphabet" section is the letters (characters) and the sounds represented by each symbol. Including a genuine word at the end of the exercise simply adds a little spice to the lesson. I'm not clear on why this upsets some folks, and my guess is that certain meanings of 예, and 이 are now firmly in your memory banks. I'll also bet you remember how to say "milk" in Korean. Regarding more than one meaning for a word, that occurs often in English as well, and I assume in many other languages. Korean is a language that depends very much on context, as many words have multiple meanings.


Why does it have both meanings in the answer choices


Some words just have more than one meaning, then either should be correct depending on the way it is used. One word by itself is more likely to mean "yes" or be the vowel sound "ye" than to mean "instances".


How do you know the differwence between a capital and lowercase in korean?


You don't, or more specifically, there's no case in the Korean characters. At least it's one less thing to worry about!


On the question before this it says theres an error.


Yes or... yes? Is this a Twice joke? XD


I accidentally clicked on one that i know is wrong but it said it was correct anyway. How am i supposed to know if anything im doing is correct


I mean, both options are yes so there's no way to get it wrong lol


i saw yes or yes as the answers and thought of twice


Why were the two options"yes" and "Yes"?


What's the difference between ye and yes?


Please tell me the difference between capital Y in Yes and small y in yes ( in korean language)


The "Yes" and "yes" are the English translations of 예.


What's the difference between yes and Yes??


I cant hear nothing i click it but it dont have sound


In how many days i will learn Korean??


Can anyone tell me how do you read 응? I mean, i KNOW it means 'yes' and i KNOW it pronounces as 'ye', but what's the logic behind that? For me, it's one silent oval over a horizontal line for 'eu' sound and... than another silent oval beneath that?


응 isn't pronounced as "ye" but "eung." It consists of the silent ㅇ followed by "eu" followed by non-silent ㅇ, which is pronounced as "ng." Note that ㅇ as a final consonant isn't silent.

"ye" is 예.

Both 응 and 예 can mean "yes" but the latter is more formal.


Os there a difference between Yes and yes


I now know how to say yes in three languages, very cool duolingo!


What's the difference of "예" and "얘"?


This word means yes, and the only options available are 'yes' and 'Yes' which mean the same... after tapping the yes with small 'y' it said wrong!


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there's no answer to tap and that's annoying


When I say ye it says im right but my friends in korea told me that u say ne??? Im so confused


I just started learning Korean,and why is there so many words that sound like yes in Korean?


It just happens that there are many homonyms.


Your choices are yes and Yes. What's the difference?


How can i know that yes and Yes are different?


How can i understand the difference between yes and Yes


Choosing Yes and yes as both answers is wrong? Waeyo?


some of the letters sound the same and i get confused easily hahaha


E,= 이 but one e is 예


i thought yes in korean was 네.


Is there a difference in pronunciation between "e" and


Is this the same same as saying yeah or does 예 just mean yes


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its spelled ye but purnouced de am i right?


It's spelled "예". It is Korean we are learning, so focus on the Korean spelling. The "romanized" depiction "ye" is just a means of helping us associate the pronunciation with something more familiar. And in this case it is really not helpful, becuse most English speakers will look at that and see Yee, with a long "e" like the old English word for "you". The pronunciation of 예 is somewhere between a short e, a short a, and a long a in English with a "y" sound in front. Not all Koreans pronounce it the same. 얘, and 예, or 애 and 에 are said to sound the same, but there are some Koreans who claim there is a differnce. Learn the Hangul with any of several good Youtube videos, set your keyboard or phone to use the hangul, and ditch the Romanization forever if you want to learn Korean.


Thank you for this. Part of what frustrates me with learning Korean is the weird way the vowels get romanized. The romanizations make no sense to me and it throws me off. I'm afraid I'll never have a good grasp of the syllabery or how anything gets spelled.


Leave me alone Im dumb


It's kinda ridiculous that you spend the entire lesson teaching that this means a specific sound and then the final question is that same character but now it's a word. And if you input the vowel as you've been doing for the past while it goes "technically right, but only because that's a synonym for the real right answer."

And, before anyone says it: in this instance expecting someone to hover/click on the character is still unfair because this is something that you've just gone through learning over and over again only to be told that the thing you were just conditioned to answer it with is technically wrong now.


the first pronunciation exercises show you how certain syllables sound. 예 is the [ye] sound. but when you come to translation exercises, you then have to give the English equivalent of these syllables, which could stand alone or put together to form a word. 예 is now yes.

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