You have already heard her voice so many times, but you have no idea who she is!
If your journey of studying Korean can be compared to sailing in the sea, then her contribution is like the propelling power of the wind – invisible, but indispensable.
She is the voice behind LingoDeer’s Korean lessons – Jeong-eun Heo (허정은).
Q: Tell us about yourself!
A: Hello everybody, my name is Jeong-eun Heo. I used to stay in Beijing and study Chinese for 5 years. Now I have graduated from college, and am living in Seoul, the capital of Korea.
Despite living in Seoul, I miss Beijing very much, especially Guo-bao-rou (known as fried pork in scoop or double cooked pork slices in English, a renowned dish from Northeastern China)! If you ever go to Beijing, please definitely try Guo-bao-rou. I think you will like it too.
Q: What would you do to prepare your voice before a recording?
A: On the recording day, I almost don’t eat any sweet food. If I eat sweet food before a recording, my voice is likely to crack a lot.
Also, as the recordings usually happen in the afternoon, I almost don’t eat any greasy food for lunch before that. When my throat feels uncomfortable, I would drink something warm, like a cup of warm Americano, which is my personal preference.
Q: Is there anything in Korean that you consider particularly hard to pronounce? Anything particularly beautiful-sounding?
A: When I recorded for the first time, the ㅅ(s) sound was the most difficult, as it turned out to sound like /f/. In order to fix the pronunciation of ㅅ(s), you have no idea how many time I recorded before it worked.
My dream is to be a TV announcer, so I attend an announcer academy in Korea every holiday. Thanks to my hard effort to practice pronunciation and articulation at the announcer academy, I could successfully pronounce the 수 sound well.
I personally think that all the pronunciations in Korean sound good. Do you agree with me?
It may be a little corny, but my favorite Korean word is 열정 (passion). I think that with passion I am able to do anything.
Q: If a LingoDeer user travels to Korea, please recommend an interesting activity to him/her and explain the reason.
A: If you come to Korea, please experience wearing a Hanbok (the traditional Korean clothes) and going to Gyeongbokgung Palace (the main royal palace of the Joseon dynasty, located in Seoul, Korea).
If you wear a Hanbok, you can enter Gyeongbokgung Palace for free.
Even if you don’t have a Hanbok, you can find many places around that area to rent one. By paying around 20000 won (≈ 17 US dollars), you can even get your hair nicely done in addition to the Hanbok.
With the outfit and hairstyling, it would be nicer to take many pictures. I also did this with my friends recently and I liked it.
Q: Are you fascinated by any film, TV or literary works recently? Please tell us about it.
A: I enjoy watching variety shows rather than TV dramas recently. Among the variety shows, I find Knowing Bros the most interesting.
You probably also have times when you simply want to laugh without having anything on your mind. At a time like that, watching Knowing Bros seems to really have a healing effect.
Sugeun Lee (이수근) is the funniest one among the MCs, who are referred to as “knowing bros”. He is a total comedian from head to toe.
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