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Lecture 9: Some Consonants End Syllables in English but not Korean
oth Korean and English commonly have a /t/ sound at the end of a syllable. , , cat, and lately all have a syllable-final /t/. (Korean has several letters that are pronounced /t/ at the end of a syllable: , , , , and .) However, while many English syllables end with /s/, such as kiss, peace, and pass, a final /s/ is not found in Korean. As a result Koreans write kiss as and peace as . Consonants that in English can be both syllable initial and final, but only syllable initial in Korean, are /b/, /g/, //, //, and /s/. The usual Korean way to pronounce these consonants when syllable final is to add another syllable that consists of the final consonant and the Korean vowel . In addition to , we have for cab, for dog, for beach, for etch, and for edge.