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What comes to your mind when you hear the language Korean? ‘Gangnam Style’ singer Psy? Staple Korean side dish Kimchi?

With more than 80 million speakers, South Korea is the fourth largest economy in Asia and the 11th largest in the world. Along with Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan, South Korea is known to be one of the four Asian Dragons.

In addition, do you know that Korean is also one of the top twenty languages being used on the Internet?

From this interesting fact, you can tell that the online usage of this language is very high.

Hence, if you want a share of the global market, communicating in Korean is definitely important. This is especially evident in world economic significance and international relations. With big brands coming out of this technology driven and innovative nation, you can imagine the importance of the Korean language has on businesses across borders!

The Korean language was created in the 15th century through Korea’s Great King Sejong, in order to establish a cultural identity for the county through its unique script. There are however, some influences from Japanese, Chinese and English. Several dialects are spoken throughout the different regions of Korea, although most are mutually intelligible.

Is Korean difficult to learn? Take a look at these statistics, and you can be the judge:

  • 19 consonants
  • 21 vowel letters
  • A possible 11,172 Hangul syllables
  • Some of the verbs with 600 different endings

With this facts, Korean indeed is considered to be much more difficult to learn compared to Chinese and Japanese.

Do you also know that the language itself is actually not known as ‘Korean’? The names for the language vary depending on which part of Korea you are in. Say, if you are in North Korean, the language is either called ‘Joseoneo’ or ‘Joseonimal’. For South Korea, the language is called ‘Hangugeo’ or ‘Hangungmal’. Koreans call their own language ‘Urimal’, which literally means ‘our language’.

Translation into Korean and vice versa is by far one of the most difficult due its complex syntax and nuances which cannot be translated directly. In fact, the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) in the US listed Korean as one of the 5 most difficult languages for one to reach proficiency in speaking and reading.

When it comes to translation, the Korean letters which you use are determined by who you are speaking to. It can be considered as a major insult if a wrong variation of the word is used! Other than the target audience, it is also important to consider to gender difference when translating the language. In addition, you will need to pay attention when translating numbers for the Korean language! With two sets of numbers, they can be used interchangeably at times, but for some it is not applicable. This is very true in the case of translating official documents such as financial reports and legal contracts.

Can you believe that all those mentioned above are just the tip of the iceberg??!!

Because except of immigrant communities, Korean is not used commonly outside its place of origin and comprises of mostly native speakers.

Unfortunately, translation work in Korea, like in most countries, has yet to reach a respectable status as work done by lawyers or doctors, although it does require years of training and professional experience in order for one to be able to produce good quality translation. As such, translation is not a very highly paid profession and thus attracting and retaining quality people in this industry has always been an uphill task.

Yes. Obviously, there are much more things to consider than just getting someone who knows Korean to handle translation into Korean and from Korean.

It is much more than getting the syntax and nuances correct.

It is about getting the right quality people with enough training and professional experience to produce translations that are fit for its purpose.

With more than 2 decades of experience in providing English to Korean, Korean to English and Korean related language pairs translation services, we can share this valuable experience with you.

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Contact us now at +65 6570 0138 or fill up our web inquiry form immediately. We are ready to share our experience with you.

Source:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korean_language

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_South_Korea

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/opinon/2011/11/137_99215.html

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