Americans are having difficulty saying what U.S. troops are fighting over. Does Seoul, for example, rhyme with fool, soul, or Creole? "Soul" is closest: the eo is pronounced like the eo in George. All consonants in Korean place names are pronounced as in English except for j and r.
a as in father; ae as the a in cat
e as the ei in weight
i as the ee in see
o as in home; on as the on in son; ong as the ung in sung
oe as the u in fur
u as in rude or, when followed by i, p or m, as in...