Common Pronunciation Errors    Made by Koreans                 May 29, 2012                  Sangjin Han
This Talk is About• Common English pronunciation errors made  by Korean students  – What  – Why• For effective communicati...
Outline: Korean Has…1. Different phonetic spectrum  – Some missing sounds in Korean2. Weak variation in prosody  – Very fl...
1. Different Phonetic Spectrum
• ConsonantsMissing1)      R         F        V         TH         Z          SHAlternative    L         P, Wh    B       ...
Exercise• I rub you• Brown lice, please• This stew is sick• He is a bed boy
2. Weak Variation
Korean Sounds Very Flat            • Unlike many other              East Asian languages…              – Little intonation...
More Examples• A p*ss of paper  – I mean, one sh*t of paper• Excuse me vs. Excuse me• eCOnomy and EcoNOmics
3. Segmental Sound
Korean Alphabet 101                          • One Korean character                             – One consonant           ...
No one-to-one mapping in English• Desert and dessert• I READ a book yesterday• I will READ a book tomorrow• Would you..? C...
Consonant w/o Vowel?• Skip it   – Wo-r-k like walk  – Car  Kah  – Holy crab!• Introduce a vowel   – Change  Chae-in-ge...
Conclusion• When you trouble communicating with  Korean people,  – Use the context for confusing sounds     • “Have a seat...
Old & Backup
This Talk is NOT about• In-depth linguistic analysis• Grammatical errors• Korean-ized English• Making fun of Koreans 
“Skate to where the puck is going on, not where it has                 F*** been.”
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  • English speakers as a secondary language make lots of…
  • In this talk, we will take a look at three points
  • In Korean, there are some missing sounds that are frequently …
  • OK. We have four phrases here.What are those originally intended?
  • Korean sounds very flat.In East Asia, almost all languages
  • Summer – festival.Sounds very nasty.What should it be instead of bitch?
  • We have three examples here.-And excuse me. Many Korean people will pronounce it very flat.But you know, it should have proper intonation, depending on -Not good at stress.Ikoand Eco
  • You need to understand what Korean alphabets look like andHow they affect the mental model of Koreans.
  • But in English, there is no such a one-to-one relationship.It is pretty much confusing to Koreans,
  • What happens if a consonant does not have a corresponding vowel?I mentioned earlier that it does not exist in Korean.
  • Common Pronunciation Errors Made by Koreans

    1. 1. Common Pronunciation Errors Made by Koreans May 29, 2012 Sangjin Han
    2. 2. This Talk is About• Common English pronunciation errors made by Korean students – What – Why• For effective communication with Koreans – They are everywhere! – Some errors seem to apply to Japanese, too.
    3. 3. Outline: Korean Has…1. Different phonetic spectrum – Some missing sounds in Korean2. Weak variation in prosody – Very flat3. Segmental sound – One Korean character = one syllable
    4. 4. 1. Different Phonetic Spectrum
    5. 5. • ConsonantsMissing1) R F V TH Z SHAlternative L P, Wh B S, D, T J, G S – Result: somewhere between two for both• Vowels – Kind of OK – Subtle difference between e and ae • Men vs Man 1) At the same time, Korean has many sounds that do not exist in English
    6. 6. Exercise• I rub you• Brown lice, please• This stew is sick• He is a bed boy
    7. 7. 2. Weak Variation
    8. 8. Korean Sounds Very Flat • Unlike many other East Asian languages… – Little intonation – Little rhythm – Little stress • Why so monotonous?
    9. 9. More Examples• A p*ss of paper – I mean, one sh*t of paper• Excuse me vs. Excuse me• eCOnomy and EcoNOmics
    10. 10. 3. Segmental Sound
    11. 11. Korean Alphabet 101 • One Korean character – One consonant – One vowel – (optional) “the final”• The Korean mental model – One character = one syllable • Each character sounds independently – Same sound  same spelling – Same spelling  same sound – Consonants cannot exist without a vowel
    12. 12. No one-to-one mapping in English• Desert and dessert• I READ a book yesterday• I will READ a book tomorrow• Would you..? Could you..?• What is it?
    13. 13. Consonant w/o Vowel?• Skip it  – Wo-r-k like walk – Car  Kah – Holy crab!• Introduce a vowel  – Change  Chae-in-gee – Distinct  Dis-ting-tueh
    14. 14. Conclusion• When you trouble communicating with Korean people, – Use the context for confusing sounds • “Have a seat” when I say “Have a shit” – Focus on spelling rather than stress • Flat sound does not mean they are bored – Try to slow down and be segmental
    15. 15. Old & Backup
    16. 16. This Talk is NOT about• In-depth linguistic analysis• Grammatical errors• Korean-ized English• Making fun of Koreans 
    17. 17. “Skate to where the puck is going on, not where it has F*** been.”

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