Happy New Year!
How do you pronounce this?
새해 복 많이 받으세요!
[sae-hae bong ma-ni ba-deu-se-yo]
[sae-hae bok ma-ni ba-deu-se-yo]?
From a Korean textbook, I learned that the 복 [bok] changes to 봉 [bong] because if [k] is followed by [m] sound of 많이[ma-ni], it changes to [ng]. How come a lot of Korean learners don’t know this rule?
복 + 많이 = 봉 + 많이
So whenever I watch a New Year’s greeting video on YouTube from a Korean celebrity, I pay attention, and yeah, they ALWAYS pronounce it 봉 [bong], not 복 [bok]. Just search 새해 인사 (=New Year’s greetings) on YouTube, you’ll find a lot of them.
This one is from B.A.P:
But one time, I heard a native Korean on TV pronounces it as 복 [bok], too. So probably it doesn’t really matter. I don’t know. ;P ###