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Aspirated Consonants

In this lesson you will learn the 4 Aspirated (or Strong) consonants. All of them are related to consonants you already know from the first lesson on consonants which are called Plain Consonants.

Learning to distinguish between the Plain, Tense and Aspirated versions of the consonants is very difficult for non-native speakers so don't get frustrated if it you can't tell the difference right-away.

Aspirated Consonants
Visually distinguishing the Tense version of the consonants from the Plain version was pretty easy since it was just the plain one written twice. The Aspirated /plain pairs can be distinguished by an extra horizontal line (Except for ㅂ / ㅍ which doesn't have an extra line).

Plain Aspirated
b/p

p'

t/d

t'

ch/j

ch'

k/g

k'