Korean Standard Pronunciation
I saw this site months ago while looking for Korean learning sites. This site was made by The National Institute of the Korean Language which basically teaches Korean learners of the standard Korean pronunciation.
I browsed through the site and it has different sections. The first one is the Elementary Korean which is about the Korean characters or Hangeul (한글).
It lists down the twenty-one vowels with its corresponding romanization.
As well as the nineteen consonants.
It also shows the different ways to compose syllabic units. Its really quite handy for newbies who want to learn how to place each hangeul character in a block.
The next part is the Vowels (모음) Section.
As you can see in the screenshot, it has a small screen where you can see the opening of the mouth and placing of the tongue as the speaker says the word. You can either choose from front view, side view or a combination of front-side-front view. If you hover your cursor on each Korean word, you will see its English translation.
There’s also a special portion where you can compare those similar sounding vowels. Neat. 🙂
Third is the Consonants (자음) Section. Just like the vowels it has a mini screen for viewing the mouth formation and a page to compare the similar sounding consonants.
Next part is the Sound Change. In this section you can see how a letter can affect the pronunciation of the next letter. Again, it has a mini screen for the purpose of lip reading. LOL.
The last part is the Intonation Section but I don’t know why my browser won’t play the audios there. So I can’t really comment on that part.
What I don’t like about the site is the inaccessibility when using other browsers aside from Internet Explorer. I can’t access the recording function used in comparing my pronunciation with a native Korean. I also hate the pop-up every time I try to access a page.
Anyway, I use Internet Explorer (64-bit) in viewing this site. If you have any recommendations for better viewing of this site please leave a comment and share with us your experiences with the site.
And oh, I searched for the meaning of the title of the site — 바른소리.
바른 means correct, proper. And 소리 means sound or noise. So together it means, proper sound. 😀
Before I forget, you can view the site here. ➡