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Korean: to AquaDemon (was Re: Alphabets)

From:Yoon Ha Lee <yl112@...>
Date:Wednesday, November 7, 2001, 4:22
On Tuesday, November 6, 2001, at 05:19 , Aquamarine Demon wrote:

> Well, yes and no. I can kinda guess on the easy ones, like the box (m), > and the L-shaped one (n), but doesn't one of them (or more than one??) > change pronunciation depending on whether it's at the beginning or end? >
Yeah--unfortunately. One of the other sites I posted earlier did have a list of mutations/modifications. I just know them from almost becoming a native speaker. <helpless shrug> If you're interested I could try and find it again for you. (I can produce the forms in speech, but my spelling's godawful because it's phonetic.)
> Also, when I'm guessing what they sound like, I have no idea what I'm > reading... kind of like when I practice my French pronunciation with > words I don't know...only worse ;) > There's a free week of online trial language lessons in *any* language, and Korean's one of them. You might give it a shot if you've got a browser that handles the Flash plug-in. I went through 10 of their Japanese lessons (hana wa kiiroi desu...)--you don't learn anything *really* useful to start, but it's actually pretty fun.
> Hehe... I've been there before... that's where I learned what I did... > but I could st! ! and to go again. ;) Tensified stops... are those > romanized as double letters? (mm, jj...). Yeah. I think I've heard > examples of them, but I haven't > tried to reproduce them yet..Well, you could try explaining it...
Yes, that's how they're romanized. One Korean textbook I have says they're produce like the "normal" nonaspirated stops, but you tense up your speech organs. I honestly can't think of a *better* explanation than that, though I would've described it as making the sound more "tightly." :-/ Yoon Ha Lee [] It's bad luck to be superstitious.