The Seven Final Sounds in Korean


A syllable in Korean always begins with a consonant even when the actual initial sound is a vowel. We do that through the help of “”.  Consonants are not only used at the beginning of a syllable but also at the end of it. However, out of more than fifteen letters, only seven can be heard as final sounds and here they are as follows.

The consonants , and  produce the “k” sound at the end such as  (chaek) and  (bak).

The consonant  produces the “n” sound at the end such as  (nun) and  (ban).

The consonant  produces the “l” sound the end such as  (bal) and  (mal).

The consonant  produces the “m” sound at the end such as  (bam) and   (sam).

The consonants  and  produce the “p” sound at the end such as  (ip) and  (ip).

The consonant , though silent as initial alphabet, produces the “ng” sound at the end such as  (bang) and  (gong).

And finally is the biggest group of all. The consonants , and  are all pronounced like “t” at the end such as  (kkeut),  (ot), and 히읗 (hieut).


As you notice, the double consonants , and  are left out because there are no words that end with them. Moreover, the words above undergo a change in pronunciation when added with particles. For instance, when “” is used as the subject of the sentence, we attach “” to it and “k” sound at the end becomes somewhat like more of a “g” as in 책이 (chaegi).