Emblem of South Korea
Emblem of North Korea

Korean / 한국말 / 조선말

Korean is the official language of both North and South Korea. Since the Korean War there have become more distinct differences between North and South Korean in the spoken language as well as the vocabulary. In North Korea, the official language is mainly called Chosŏnmal whilst in South Korea, it is called Hangungmal. There are over 70 million Korean speakers in the world.

Korean has numerous smaller dialects throughout the two countries but standard Korean is based on the dialect around Seoul. All Korean dialects are more less mutually intelligible.

 Korean Temple

Korean Street

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Korean shares a lot of grammar with Japanese and contains several words with origins in China.

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