This lesson continues to cover Diphthongs with a ‘w’ Sound, by looking at the ㅘ (wa) vowel.
사과하다 (to apologize)
In a prior lesson we covered how to say “to be sorry” in simple terms and in a more formal/polite way. Continuing along the same lines, we have to apologize. Interesting enough, 사과 is a homophone for ‘apple.’ As a result, it’s not uncommon for Korean to offer an apple with the apology.
The first part of the word, 사, uses sounds covered in previous lesson. A quick review gives us ㅅ, which sounds like an ‘s’ and ㅏ, which has an ‘a’ sound, as in ah. Together we have sa.
과 covers the section with the Diphthong vowel. Again, we start with a familiar sound, ㄱ, which sounds like a cross between a ‘g’ and ‘k’. We add that sound to the Diphthong vowel ㅘ, which sounds like wa as in water. When put together, the syllable sounds like gwa.
하다 has been covered so often, we won’t cover it again here. For those unfamiliar with 하다 , please refer to this lesson.
This brings us to the pronunciation of the entire word 사과하다 (to apologize)… sa gwa hada.
In the next lesson we’ll work on the next Diphthong vowel.