B or P

Eyerus-- November 7, 2011, 7:09 am
How can i differentiate b and p?
B or P
sujung-lee February 9, 2012, 7:32 pm
안녕하세요 Eyerus!

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!

- Sujung
B or P
James-Schorr March 10, 2012, 5:40 pm
Is it true that ㅂ sounds like "b" when at the beginning of a word and like "p" when at the end?
B or P
sujung-lee March 15, 2012, 4:36 pm
Hi James,

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:

밥 :
http://translate.google.com/?hl=en&eotf=0&sl=auto&tl=en&q=%EB%B0%A5

밥이 :
http://translate...Read More
Hi James,

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:

밥 :
http://translate.google.com/?hl=en&eotf=0&sl=auto&tl=en&q=%EB%B0%A5

밥이 :
http://translate.google.com/?hl=en&eotf=0&sl=auto&tl=en&q=%EB%B0%A5%EC%9D%B4

I hope this helps! Please let me know if you need any further help.

- Sujung
B or P

Ask a question or a post a response

If you want to ask a question or post a response you need to be a member.

  • If you are already a member login here.

  • If you are not a member you can become one by taking the free Rocket Korean trial here.

Over 1,200,000 people love Rocket Languages

Here's what Rocket Languages members have to say:

Andrei Freeman - Pennsylvania, USA

Andrei
Freeman

Pennsylvania, USA

Rudi Kopp - USA

Rudi
Kopp

USA

Carmen Franceschino - Pennsylvania, USA

Carmen
Franceschino

Pennsylvania, USA

Kelly Scali - Chicago, USA

Kelly
Scali

Chicago, USA

Mark Waddel - Auckland, NZ

Mark
Waddell

Auckland, NZ

William McGill - Florida, USA

William
McGill

Florida, USA

Probably the best language tool I've come across. Actually love it more than Rosetta Stone and Duolingo

Try our award-winning online Korean course for FREE 受賞歴ありの英語学習ソフトウェアを無料でお試しください Pruebe nuestro galardonado software del idioma inglés GRATIS

(And see how easy it actually is to learn Korean... even if you've tried and failed before) (そして英語学習がどれだけ簡単か、肌で感じてみてください…今までに失敗したことのある人でもそれが分かるでしょう) (Y vea qué tan fácil es en realidad aprender inglés… aún si lo ha intentado y fallado antes)