OOOOOOOHHHHH! So Wa-shing-ton is three syllables which are 1 letter for wa 와, 3 letters for shing 싱, and 3 letters for ton 턴. I get it now!!! So it all depends on the syllables
You spelled it 와 instead of 워. I thought it would be spelled this way too, but I guess Koreans hear it differently.
An important note: In my limited experience, many native Korean speakers may not know that it is often necessary to distinguish the USA government capital, Washington D.C. from Washington.
For example, they may not realize Seattle, Washington is not located anywhere near Washington D.C.
Same for big amount of non-American people. Ask European people if they know...
For most people, it is not one of those things worth knowing about until it is necessary. It simply would be more likely to come up when speaking to Americans. So, an American should consider the inverse when speaking to Koreans (or to include your comment, folks from other countries).
Of course European people know it... We know even know and can locate most of the states in USA. Geography is very important here and it's always shocking to hear that japanese or NA are for a large amount of people not even able to locate France on the globe !
I think its important to supplement what you learn her with some youtuve videos on learning the korean alphabet, and learning to write each letter and repeat the sound oit loud each time you write it. It will start to vlick after repeating it enough.
Where does the soft /sh/-sound come from? Why isn't ㅅ pronounced more as a sharp /s/-sound?
ㅅ sounds as [sh] before certain vowels.
시 = shi
쉬 = shwi
샤 = sha
셔 = sheo
쇼 = sho
슈 = shu
섀 = shae
셰 = she
So, for "si", "sa", "so", "su" "sae", "se", you doble the letter?
Certain vowels or all the vowels? I see them all. (?)
there is no need to double ㅅ to get sa, seo, so, su, sae and se sounds. if you pay some attention, the pattern to get [sh] is in most cases ㅅ + y (vowel). without y, ㅅ is pronunced as [s].
사 = ㅅ + ㅏ = sa
샤 = ㅅ + ㅑ = sha
as for 시, even if you double ㅆ, it is still pronunced [shi].
I wrote out two answers: "Washington " & "Woshingteon" I still got it wrong.
Many questions. Does this relate geographically or for a persons name (e: George Washington) and its geographic, is it washington state or washington dc? Is there a difference?
Omg! I don't know why but for an second i thought that it sounded cute...
Hey, I have a doubt. About the sound "sh", does it really exist in korean. And if it does exist, how can I identify it?
Wrote in English " Washington" : got it right this time...but I thought we are suppose to write in Korean pronunciation?