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Korean is the official language of both South Korea (Republic of Korea) and North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea). The two Koreas differ in minor matters of spelling, alphabetization, and vocabulary choice (including the names of the letters), but both essentially endorse the unified standards proposed by the Korean Language Society in 1933.


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Korean is descended from Proto-Korean, Old Korean, Middle Korean and Modern Korean. Since the Korean War, contemporary North–South differences have developed in standard Korean, including variance in pronunciation, verb inflection, and vocabulary.


Official status

Korean is the official language of South Korea and North Korea. It is also one of the two official languages of the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture in China.


Different Names of language

In South Korea, the language is most often called Hangungmal or more formally, Hangugeo or Gugeo (literally "national language").

In North Korea and Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture in China, the language is most often called Chosŏnmal , or more formally, Chosŏnŏ.


Number of Speakers

Korean language, language spoken by more than 75 million people, of whom 48 million live in South Korea and 24 million in North Korea. There are more than 2 million speakers in China, approximately 1 million in the United States, and about 500,000 in Japan.


First publications

Until the invention of the Korean script Hangul in the 15th century, all Korean literary works were written in classical Chinese. The first literary text to be written in the new script was entitled.


Korean language on websites

korean language on websitesranks on 18th on its content available on net and it is 0.3% in terms of percentage.


Regulatory body

1.  South Korea: The National Institute of the Korean Language

2.  North Korea: Sahoe Kwahagwon Ŏhak Yŏnguso

The Language Research Institute of Social Science.



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