Hello Korean foodie friends! Welcome to another week of Korean 101 for foodies. This week, we are at the letter, ㅈ! In case you’ve missed part 1 of ㅈ, click here.
With the English pronunciation, the “jang” of jangjorim can easily be pronounced to rhyme with “fang”. 장 is also a common Korean last name that has turned into Jang (actually rhyming with “fang”) or Chang (same rhyme). But in Korean, no one pronounces it that way. It’s pronounced “ja ~ ah~ng”. “Ah” like the way you would open your mouth and say at the dentist.
If you have been a regular with my Korean 101 for foodies, you’d probably remember 장, right? From where? Who remembers?
If you guessed 된장 (doenjang), congratulations! You just received a gold star for paying attention and being a good student.
Do we remember ㄹ, ㅣ, and ㅁ?
ㄹ in 라면
ㅁ in again, 미역국 and 라면. or even 냉면!
I hope that referring back to the previous posts will be helpful in becoming more familiarized with the letters and learning new foodie words!