The letter ㅂ is pronounced as the English "b" while the letter ㅍ is pronounced as the English "p".
You can check out the writing lessons for more details on each letter of the Korean alphabet.
I hope that helps!
March 10, 2012
Is it true that ㅂ sounds like "b" when at the beginning of a word and like "p" when at the end?
March 15, 2012
It's more of the other way around actually!
ㅂ at the beginning of a word sounds closer to a "p", or between a "p" and "b" (in contrast to ㅍ which would be a more airy "p").
ㅂ at the end of the word is a closed "b" (as in no air would exit the mouth) but if there is a vowel afterwards, it would sound like a normal "b".
As an example, the word 밥 (rice) on it's own would be pronounced "bab" or almost "pab". However if we say 밥이 (the rice) it would be "bab-i" or almost "pab-i".
You can hear the pronunciation of the these here:
I hope this helps! Please let me know if you need any further help.
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