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Phonetics phonologyIn my research article I will present some of the difficulties native korean speakers have with learning and speaking English. I will use phonology to explain this. The information I discuss in this article will come from my own experience as an EFL teacher in south korea, Unit 13 from the 120 hour tefl online course, and the book, ?English Learner Second Edition,? by Michael Swan and Bernard Smith. The korean alphabet, Hangul, has 24 letters: 10 vowels and 14 consonants. Together they represent 40 phonetic sounds: 8 simple vowels,13 diphthongs, and 19 consonants (Swan/Bernard 326). The phonetic alphabet contains 44 sounds, so it is not possible for a korean native to have experience in all of the phonetic sounds. When comparing the two, Hangul does not have 4 vowel sounds and 5 consonant sounds, but does have 4 additional diphthongs. This may explain some of the following difficulties korean speakers have with learning English. Swan and Smith used the phonetic alphabet to give the following problems korean learner?s experience with English. I will supplement their ideas with examples from my own experience.