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Eyerus-- November 6, 2011, 5:33 am
How can i differentiate r and l?
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sujung-lee November 7, 2011, 2:27 am
Hi Eyerus,

Differentiating between R and L when using ㄹ can be tricky for English speakers!

The general rule is ㄹ = R when:

- it is the first consonant in a syllable (eg: 라면 or "noodles" pronounced ramyun)
- it is before a vowel (eg: 파리 or "fly" pronounced pari)
- it is before a weak consonant like ㅎ (eg: 말해 or "speak" pronounced marhae)

So ㄹ = L when:

- followed by a consonant (eg: 밀가루 or "flour" pronounced milkaru)
- followed by another ㄹ (eg: 멀리 or "far" pronounced meolli)
- ㄴ meets ㄹ (eg: 반력 "reaction" prounounced banlyeog)

I hope this helps! If you need more help or clarification, please let me know ^^

- Sujung
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James-Schorr March 10, 2012, 5:41 pm
Very helpful, thanks!
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sujung-lee March 15, 2012, 4:36 pm
I'm glad you found it useful James
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