ㅇ = placeholder for vowels, no pronunciation here
ㅕ = yeo (ipa: ʌ)
ㅈ = j (ipa: tɕ) pronounced like a English "j" towards the front of your mouth
ㅏ = a (ipa: a)
여 = yeo
자 = ja
여자 = yeoja
In the help notes of the first two alphabet lessons, it gives you the ipa value of each Korean letter, as well as the 국어의 로마자 표기법, Korean alphabet in Latin characters.
Would love it if they showed flash cards for the words before testing us on them.. I already know many of these words from prior study but there are some I don't and fail to see how I'll learn from guessing the words
In previous lessons we learned koreanization for english words to learn the syllables, but now we are learning the actual korean words for them.
duolingo isnt that great for learning korean. its better for practice so before you use it, i recommend writing down all the characters and studying. that way you know how to pronounce it better. :)
I hear "yota", why is the 여 pronounced this way, is it my ear or a special rule?
요 sounds much different, with a more narrow sound, closer to the "oo" sound than 여 is.
The reason you might here a "t" is because the j sound in Korean is pronounced differently, more towards the front of your mouth, if that makes sense. This sound is very common in East and Southeast asian languages.
If anything, the 아 of 자 is pronounced wrong.
Native pronunciation of 여자: https://forvo.com/word/ko/%EC%97%AC%EC%9E%90/#ko
Native pronunciation of the 요 sound: https://forvo.com/word/ko/%EC%9A%94/#ko
You'll notice that 여 is more open sounding. It's almost pronounced like a deep "yaw"
Because girl in this case means a child, which is 여자아이 and woman, meaning an adult, is 여자.
Wait. I always learned from watching native Koreans speak that 여차 was girl. How is it that the translation is now woman? Can it be both? I typed girl in when it asked me to translate the phrase, and it said I was incorrect. However, native speakers use 여차 as girl. Can someone explain?
Do you have links to the natives saying 여차 is girl. Because from what I've seen, 여차 is indeed woman.
Once the beta is complete, hopefully, there will be an improvement in the voice's pronunciation!
I learned yeoja already from a different app. Duolingo is good with outside apps helping as well
Basic level 4. Wouldn't it be nice to bring in some new words by this stage. How many times are we going to say "a man and a woman" over and over again
A phonetic spelling/pronouncation in English would be helpful, as sometime I can't quite catch the voice's pronoucation.