I’ve recently begun studying Mandarin Chinese and Korean.

Now obviously there are many sounds in each language that are not in English, but I’m curious about similarities between sounds in these two languages.

One sound (two sounds?) in particular has caught my attention. They both seem to be similar in some ways to English "s" but with the tip of the tongue touching the bottom teeth. So here is my question: are the sounds represented by "x" in pinyin and by ㅅ in hangeul the same sound?

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