Korean Languages

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It  is  not  surprising   that  the  Korean  Language  is  spoken in  both  North  and  South  Korea.  But  there  are  some  differences  between   the  written  and  spoken word  in  these  areas,  despite  the  fact  that  both   varieties   are  usually  simply  called  “Korean”.

The  first  noticeable  difference   is  that  South  Korea,  the  formal  name  of  the language   spoken  by  residents is  Hungugeo,  while  North  Koreans   called  their  version  “Chosono”.  There  other  minor  differences   in  how  people  speak  and  write   in  each  region,   and  they  be  noted   as  one  learns  the  language   or  finds  a  linguist.


One  detail  to  note  is  that  the  language   used  in  South  Korea  is   based  mostly   in  the  Seoul  dialect,  and  people  in  this  area tend  to  use  words   borrowed  from  the  English  Language   quite  often.   By  contrast,  North  Korean  leaders  have  urged   residents  to  keep   borrowed  words  out   of  the  Korean  language   and  adhere  primarily  to  the   Pyongyang  Dialect.  When  North  Koreans  do,   on  occasion,   incorporate  other languages,  they  prefer  to  borrow  from  the  Russian.



  • Resident: Living in a place for some length of time.
  • Linguist: A person who specializes in linguistics.
  • Tend To: To lead to some result.
  • Borrow: To take or obtain with the promise to return the same or an equivalent.
  • Dialect: A provincial, rural or socially distinct variety of a language that differs from the standard  language.


Try  to  translate  and  pronounce  some  English  slangs  and  Idiomatic  Expressions into  Korean.


  • Would you like to learn Korean? Why?

Session 5

Welcome to this activity created by Junior Advisor Mr. Luis Adrian Ibbara Guillen from Satelite Branch. Take note of all the pink words, read the text, watch the video and answer the question in the comment section below.

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