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음절 강세 Syllable stress

 


 

Unlike English, Korean words DO NOT have stressed syllables. So when you speak Korean words, NEVER speak the way you speak English words. It will sound pretty strange. It doesn't matter whether the word is homonym or not.

 

Examples)

1. 집 → NOT
2. 개→ NOT
3. 가구 → NOT 구 and 가
4. 시장 → NOT 장 and 시
5. 바구니 → NOT 구니, 바니 and 바구
6. 꼭대기 → NOT 대기, 꼭기 and 꼭대

7. 가지 (meaning a twig, a kind, or an eggplant) → NOT 지 and 가
8. 화기 (meaning mild weather, firearms, a fire container, or anger) → NOT 기 and 화
9. 내리막 (meaning a downhill, or a decline) → NOT 리막, 내막 and 내리

 


 

어조 Intonation

Intonation is the rise and fall of the pitches. It show's one's emotions such as happiness, sarcasm, anger, sadness, or surprise, etc. Good intonation will make people more interesting to listen to your speech, and will also make listeners understand more easily. However! Korean has a very simple intonation rule. Except questions and statements are all non-final intonation.

 

상승조 Rising Intonaiton

Raise your voice at the end of a question.

 


 

하강조 Falling Intonaiton

Lower your voice for statements.


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