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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.
DIFFERENCES IN KOREAN VOCABULARY
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?
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.