My new Korean vocabulary channel on YouTube

By Maangchi

Hi everybody!

Ooh whoo! exciting news! I got a new iPad so I could create my new YouTube channel! Good excuse, eh? : )

This new channel is for you to learn how to read, write, and speak Korean food vocabulary.

I’ve seen that many people have problems pronouncing Korean words correctly. Others are very interested in learning how to write Korean. So I decided to make this new channel to illustrate Korean reading, writing, and pronunciation simply and clearly.

Whenever I post a new video, I always add the Romanization for people who can’t speak Korean, but I know that it’s still difficult to follow the exact pronunciation. For example, rice cake is Romanized as tteok or ddeok but it’s difficult to pronounce because there’s no English letter for the initial sound in this word. I’ve heard lots of people say “bibimbaep” instead of “bibimbaap.” Sometimes on TV I’ve heard people talking about Korean food but pronouncing it a little wrong. I started this channel so at least my readers can learn how to pronounce, read, and write these words. I’m going to use these videos on my website, so you’ll always be able to find them easily.

I hope these videos help you a lot, especially if you want to learn the Korean language.

Good luck with your Korean cooking and learning Korean words!


  1. ToddMen8302 US joined 4/13 & has 2 comments

    I have been a long time fan of your cooking channel :D. However, I realized after going through all of your Korean vocabulary videos that you have forgotten the most important word of all…”Delicious!” lol. You always say it in your cooking videos when trying the food. Yet you never say it in Korean, or show us how to say it. I looked it up online, but I found different English spellings for the word. The pronunciation sounds like “maa shi so yo”. Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated.

  2. Oppa Paris joined 9/11 & has 3 comments

    I remember when I started being interested in Korea and its culture I decided to learn the alphabet because it was easier than Chinese or Japanese for example. When I knew the alphabet I realised how sometimes the romanization is so far from the actual pronouciation. And don’t read romanization anymore.
    It’s really helpful to at least read korean when you travel there. As a muslim I don’t eat pork (and should eat meat prepared a certain way but shhh ;). It’s thanks to your amazing website that I could tell if there’s gonna be pork in some dishes or not. I had a little of knowledge about korean recipes and you were really helpful. Thank you =)

    Last but not least I have a funny anecdocte. I ordered a kimbap without pork in it, I ordered it in korean and the “ahjummah” seemed to understand what I told her. When I get my kimbap, there was spam in it -oris it called ham?-. So i noticed her about it and she replied “But spam -or ham- isn’t pork”
    It really amused me!

  3. jaylivg Houston joined 7/10 & has 107 comments

    Maangchi , this is awesome !

    i’ve been wanting to learn to speak korean ( on top of learning italian :D ) , and everytime i go to korean market , when i said hello and thank you in korean , they started talking korean to me ! and i couldn’t reply and understand what they say .. except saying ” i am sorry i don’t speak korean ” few times ladies came up to me and asking me some ingredients information on the jar , she doesn’t speak or read korean .. and i don’t either LOL but she thought i speak and read korean !
    This is a good way to learn the language !! Thank you :D

  4. oksipak California joined 1/11 & has 72 comments

    Excellent idea! My husband bought me a CD/Booklet on How to Learn Basic Korean and I’ve been learning it slowly and carefully. Your additional teaching will reinforce and encourage my studies. Thank you. :)

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