Questions and Answers about the Korean Language

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  • Include a variety of examples in your answer, and provide counter-examples if applicable.
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Is there a difference between the language of South Korean and North Korea?

Hello Everyone, maybe this is the first question I got from the Polly Ambassadors. So, here is the question form Hannah Rama, Is there a difference between the language of South and North Korea? Well, first of all, I am a south korean, and sure, there is a obvious difference between the languages. OF course we both use Korean, and we can communicate each other. However, some words are different, and the accent is different. In South Korea, we adopt many words from English. For example, we call the database, 데이터베이스. But North Korea use 자료지기 instead of it. 자료 means data, 지기 means maybe base. We call the air conditioner as 에어컨, and North korean call it as 랭풍기. Also, they use 동무, to call each other that means friend, and this habit is derived from socialism which is adopted in North Korea. In South Korea, we call others by their name, Amy 씨, or Amy 님. For the accent, actually, I had never seen nor heard them before in face-to-face because we are still divided, so I have never heard the real accent of North Korean. But I saw it in the Korean movie with topic related to the North Korea. Well, but I’m gonna try it. So, I miss you mom. South Korean say, 엄마 보고싶어요. and North Korean say, 오마니 보고싶습네다. That’s it. for more question, dear my students, please book the private session, Okay? Bye~

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Why are there so many ways to "hello" and "good-bye" in Korean?

I think the main reason is that we use 반말 or 존댓말 depends on the listener. 반말 is completely informal. You can say this only for your friends with same or younger age. You can say simply ‘안녕’ for them. On the contrary, you should use 존댓말 for your your elder or boss, most of the stranger, or in public. Among 존댓말, we have two version of more and less formal language. If you say 안녕하십니까, it is the most polite way to say hello. If you want to show your affinity but still courteous, you can say “안녕하세요.”. Now, when you want to say good-bye, you can say 안녕히 계세요, 안녕히 가세요, 잘 있어, 잘가, or 안녕. Since the meaning of ‘계세요’ is ‘you stay here., you can say 안녕히계세요 to somebody who is going to stay the location you have met, for example, a store manager you have visited or the host who invited you to their home. Meanwhile, ‘안녕히가세요’ means, ‘you go well.’ So, 잘 가, or 안녕히 가세요 is for the somebody who is going to move to another location from where you have met. 안녕, and 잘있어 are 반말, and they mean be good, take care, or good-bye. You can use any of them. 안녕 can be used for both saying hello and good-bye. 잘 자, and 안녕히 주무세요. is just sleep well and good night. 잘 자 is 반말, 안녕히 주무세요 is 존댓말. That’s all.

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Why does Korean have two sets of numbers? Native and Chinese?

Hi, everyone! This is Amy. I did my haircut. I'm here to answer to Savanna's question, "Why does Korean have two sets of numbers, native and chinese." Yeah, we have two sets of numbers. The first one is, "하나hana, 둘dul, 셋set, 넷net, 다섯da-seot, 여섯yeo-seot, 일곱il-gob, 여덟yeo-deolp, 아홉ahop, 열yeol". This is the native way. and then, "일il, 이yi, 삼sam, 사sa, 오o, 육yuk, 칠chil, 팔pal, 구gu, 십sib", This is the chinese way. I'm not fluent in Chinese, but I've learn Chinese a little in the high school. They have very similar pronunciation, (yi, er, san, si, wu, liu, chi, ba, jiu, si".

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Why are there seven vowels in Korean when English only has five?

Hi billie, I’m very glad that you have interest in learning Korean. And you asked, Why are there seven vowel in Korean when English only has five? Because there are derived from different origin. So that’s just the same with the reason why human has 2 legs while spiders has 8 legs. If you have any further question, or I misunderstood your question, please let me know.

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