Hello Korean foodie friends! Hope you enjoyed yesterday’s post on shikhye and my grandma memories. Today, we will be breaking down the letters of shikhye. Are you ready?
Often times, ㅅ alone will make a “sh” sound. And again, the when ㄱ is a final consonant, it makes more of a “k” sound. So the first syllable would be pronounced “sheek”
In Korean, the “i” sound of “kick”, “chick”, “big”, “fig”, “sin” does not exist. It sounds more like the “ee” sound of words like “pee”, “wing”, Charlie “Sheen”. In fact, I think “Sheen” is probably a closer pronunciation for the Korean last name, “Shin”, when pronounced in Korean. When pronounced in Korean, Shin is not pronounced the way it’s been romanized, to sound as it rhymes with “fin”.
When you come across a Korean speaker with a Korean accent or that is just starting to learn English, they might pronounce the “i” words with an “ee” sound. My mom does not say “fish”. She says “feesh”, or to be more accurate, “peesh”. Remember, the Korean language does not have the “f” sound. The word, “chin” might be pronounced “cheen”. You get the idea….
Let’s see how much you remember about ㄱ as a final consonant. Remember in 미역국 (miyeok guk =seaweed soup) and 복분자 (bokbunja = black raspberry wine), when the ㄱ was a final consonant, we pronounced it with a short “k” sound rather than saying “miyug goog” or “bohg boon ja”.
When reading in English, I can imagine these words sometimes being pronounced as:
miyuk gook: mi (rhyming with the “fi” in “fish”), yuk (maybe some will say “yuk” like “yuck”, which is correct, but some may possibly say “yook”. “guk” might be pronounced the way it rhymes with “yuck”.
bokbunja: I imagine some pronouncing “bok” as “bawk” like the way we pronounce the “bok” in bok choy. Heck, if I didn’t speak Korean, I’d likely be pronouncing it this way, too, until someone corrected me. It’s too easy to pronounce “bun” like the bun of a hamburger bun.
With the “shik” in shikhye, it is easy to think that it is pronounced like the “Schick” in Schick razor. But yeah, Koreans don’t say “shik”, which also rhymes with “kick” or “chick”.
혜 might be a little tricky..
혜 is not pronounced as “hyeo-ee” or “hyuh-ee”.
ㅖ and ㅣ together make a “eh” sound here, making “혜” pronounced as “heh”.
In English, “shikhye” the most common spelling. Like with many romanized Korean terms, there are variations on ways that shikhye might be spelled. I’ve also seen it spelled as “shik hae”.
I seriously don’t even know how I would pronounce “hye” if I didn’t speak Korean. Maybe as “hi” since it looks like it can rhyme with “bye”. Or “hee”….or “hyuh-ee”?
Did I lose you guys yet? Easy, right? Say it with me….”sheek heh”!!
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