September 9, 2017

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I learned that 배 means stomach, too. Is that correct?


배 is more like your belly and 위 is the actual organ, but in english it's normal to just say stomach for both


doesn't this also mean "up"?


I suddenly remembered EXID's song.


위 아래 위 위 아래 up up


Yes, it can mean "above", "up", and "on".


Belly is close, but I think 배 is more inclusive than that.

For instance, while "배 아파요." could be translated as saying you have a belly ache, I know women who say the same when they get monthly menstrual cramps. And I don't think of that as a belly ache...


In this part it said the translation for 위 was Above


And it also means on, over, and top.

And separately (as in a different word that's spelled/sounds the same), it can mean the stomach organ.


mangakoibito makes an excellent suggestion. Hangul can be learned much more quickly with any of a number of Youtube videos or on the free site "How to Study Korean". https://www.howtostudykorean.com/unit0/ The site would be a grat supplement to the entire DL course For most concepts or words, Korean speakers can express them in pure Korean (no Chinese representation) or in sino-Korean with a word related to Chinese. The Korean people have had close association wih the Chinese for more than 5000 years, and in fact used only Chinese characters for their writing until the 15th century. "배" is pure Korean, whereas "위" (胃) comes from Chinese. It used to be that use of of sino-korean words was a mark of intelligence, education, or sophisticaion, but it seems there is more emphasis on promoting pure Korean now. With regard to the different meanings, 위 can also be used to mean "above", "on" "up" "over" "ahead" "superior" just to name a few. As JanLoyd and Potatonuts point out, there are also multiple meaning for English words as well. They are probably more prevalent in Korean, so it can be a bit challenging, and is why context is so important.


Thank you so much for the link!<3 I cant even describe how thankful I am! It's easier to learn korean on that webside than here! :D


That's why we are beta testers!


Yes that does work


Similar to Chinese (胃)


Just like other languages, Korean has many words that are the same and yet has different meanings as well. I think they are trying to give one of the meanings first, instead of just throwing all the meanings at you all at once, because that would be overwhelming and hard to remember. Therefore, it's good that you know one of the means, but just know that a word could also have other meanings to it as well.


wait so do you need to put the O when writing vowels??


Only if it begins with a vowel. The way Korean syllables are structured needs to be consonant, then vowel. If the word/syllable begins with a vowel, then ㅇ is used as a silent consonant. ✌


Yes and for anyone curious here's some more information... If ㅇ is used anywhere else in the syllable block besides as the beginning consonant placeholder it isn't silent anymore but rather pronounced as 'ng'


So is this "wi" ???

The lesson that is supposed to teach this never writes out the pronounciation, so I have to guess from the lady's voice. I have taken the lesson about a dozen times but it never properly covers this one.


I would not suggest learning the korean alphabet on duolingo alone try looking up korean in 15 minutes

Its a simple to understand infographic that shows what sound the parts of the "letters" make


We have to ask them to make a better beginner course!


I recommend the Memrise app too...


I agree. I used Memrise to learn and Duolingo to practice and get used to the language.


Go to Talk To Me In Korean, they are good at explaining Korean things. They have a website: www.talktomeinkorean.com OR check out their YouTube channel: Talk To Me In Korean. Maybe even "Learn Korean with GO! Billy Korean" on YouTube too. They both have sooo much and different things you can learn from them as well. ^_^


If you're trying to learn Hangul, I like https://www.90daykorean.com/. The 90 minute challenge? Took me barely 60. They're pretty awesome, and the challenge is free. The Inner Circle for the rest of it is paid, but it's still pretty good.


I suggest you to install the browser addon ImTranslator for Firefox or Chrome, or other extensions like Rememberry, they are extension that lets you right click on any words in a page, and get easily the meaning and a voice pronouncing it, if you select a part of the word, they'll pronounce it as well. There are also browser extension for Korean.

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I cannot hear the difference between wi and ui. Can someone help me out?


These are called Compound Vowels. They are made up of two individual vowels and in many cases saying the two individual vowels quickly is how you pronounce them. Wi (pronounced like the Nintendo Wii with just a little less emphasis on the W) is spelled 위. The ㅇ is silent so say ㅜ and ㅣ quickly to get the sound. Likewise 의 is like saying ㅡ and ㅣ together quickly. It's difficult for English speakers because we don't really have an equivalent sound. The closest thing I can think of to describe it is to say 위 without closing your lips on the w/u sound. Just move your tongue. My advice is to learn hangul and pronunciation from a YouTube video. These Duolingo alphabet lessons are a terrible way to learn Hangul.


The hanja for wi (stomach) is 胃. For Japanese learners, this is pronounced い/(i), though this is used in a medical context and Japanese ppl would use お腹 (onaka) or 腹 (hara). It's wei4 in Mandarin, and wai6 in Cantonese


Is there a difference in pronunciation between wae and oe ?


I highly recommend using lingodeer along with duoling.


Are 우 and 오 always pronounced as a w sound when preceding another letter in a character?


To type the symbols in korean do I have to change my phone settings?


You can go into your keyboard settings and add multiple languages that you can flip through. I don't know about Apple products, but on androids it's really easy. There's usually a cog or menu button you can push to get to it.


위 means stomach? But also wi?


"Wi" is the pronunciation of the vowel, not a definition of the word. It's like in English where "I" is a vowel, but can also be a word that means "me". This vowel also happens to be a word with many meanings.


stop talking about koreans, that's to ask for help


I don't understand relations between (wi) and (stomach)


It's just one meaning of the word. "Wi" is only there to help you pronounce it. Just like how some words in English are both spelled and sound exactly the same while having different meanings, many words in Korean have a multitude of meanings. You can learn them just like you learned English when you were younger: definitions, flash cards, picture associations, memory games, etc.


Can you explainme the difference between 배 and 위 please?..


so one character can mean a whole word?


Yes. This happens in English too: "I" meaning me, "A" meaning more than just the vowel, etc.


Wi means above, stomach and on?


Yes. Well, those are really two separate words that are homophones.

위 is the stomach organ, although if you have a stomach ache you'd probably use 배 since it means your whole belly/abdomen.

And 위 is on/above. They aren't homophones; they're the same exact word.


It tells me that it means "above". How do i pronounce this correctly? It's difficult to hear. Does it also mean "on"?


위 is pronounced like the English word "we".

It means "on"/"above" and also means "stomach" (as in the literal stomach organ).


This also means on and stomach, right???



위 means above and on (they are literally the same in Korean).

Then there is 위 as in stomach, which is a different word (from a Chinese character for the stomach). But this is the actual stomach organ (not the belly).


I just wrote "we"... I don't understand questions, I don't expect that they want me to translate a language while I am learning its alphabet.


(I'm sure you know this by now,) you can hover over the word and it'll show you the translation :)

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