Pronunciation: Gangnam

Discussion in '한국어 (Korean)' started by Youngfun, Dec 16, 2012.

  1. Youngfun

    Youngfun Senior Member

    Bắc Kinh
    Wu Chinese & Italian
    Annyeong haesseyo!

    In the famous song "Gangnam style" I can hear the singer Psy pronounces "gang-dam".
    Is it the normal pronunciation to insert a "d" sound after "ng"?

    Thank you.
  2. Helllo, Youngfun.

    No, it's definitely gang-Nam to my ear. (Pronouncing 사나이 was quite weird though)
  3. Youngfun

    Youngfun Senior Member

    Bắc Kinh
    Wu Chinese & Italian
    Well, I've listened to it again, it seems to me that sometimes he says gang-Nam, sometimes something like gang-Dam.
    The first time I heard the song, I thought it was "Gundam style" LOL.
    On the internet you can find a lot of parodies, such as "Open condom star". :D I think many non-Korean speakers heard a D in between...

    What's 사나이?
  4. 사나이 means a man. (rarely used word)
  5. arirawr New Member

    Russian + English
    Korean N (ㄴ) sometimes sounds similar to a D to non-Koreans. It is especially obvious with the word 네 - many Koreans pronounce it kind of like 'de' rather than 'ne'. If you experiment a little with your mouth movement and try to say 네 while exhaling rather than inhaling you could find that n/d sound that's so common for native speakers. Interestingly enough, most Koreans don't seem to notice that difference in sound at all.

    Another example would be ㅁ being pronounced somewhat close to a B. Words like 미안하다 and 믿다 can often be misheard as BIANhada and BIDda by foreigners.
  6. trtl115 New Member

    사나이 means not just a man, it means a manly, young, and strong man.

    And it is still widely used in Korean.

    But this word is often used in a sarcastic or comedic way, too.
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2013
  7. durestudios New Member

    If you listen to most singers they pronounce words incorrectly or the way they want to to rhyme.
    So I hear ya, I hear the slight 'd' so it sounds like Gangdam style.
    But he's saying Gangnam style. It's normal to hear it. I hear it too, and my native language is Korean.
  8. liberal lilac Member

    Gang sounds "gɑŋ" and nam sounds "nɑm".

    Think "a" when you say Lady "Gaga". It's quite close.

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