Professional translation and interpreter services for Korean-English and English-Korean.
Despite being one of the world’s youngest languages, Korean is ranked among the most difficult to understand and/or learn.
Global companies, large and small, rely on our on-demand Korean translation services for quick turnaround on a huge variety of Korean-English and English-Korean texts – always at highly competitive prices.
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Thanks to 30+ years’ translation and localisation experience, and thousands of certified linguists, our expert teams will swiftly and sympathetically translate your Korean texts to English (and vice versa).
- Korean is the official national language of North Korea and South Korea and the only surviving language of its group (Koreanic).
- Spoken by about 48 million South Koreans and 24 million North Koreans, significant numbers of speakers can also be found in China, the United States, Japan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Russia.
- The language differs slightly between the two Koreas – in spelling, alphabetization and vocabulary, although both essentially follow the unified standards of the Korean Language Society, proposed in 1933.
- The Korean lexicon has borrowed heavily from Chinese. Up to 70% of its vocabulary comes from classical/modern Chinese.
- The Korean writing system (known as Hangul in South Korea and Chosŏn munchta in North Korea) uses simple symbols for each of the phonemes (or sounds). Syllables are then written in square blocks to form words, in a similar way to Chinese.
- The Korean alphabet wasn’t adopted until the 15th century, with the language previously written in Chinese characters (called Hanja). Interestingly, the Korean characters were designed to mimic the shapes of the mouth when pronouncing them.
- Many linguistic experts have expressed their appreciation of the Korean language, describing its phonetic system as ‘perfect’ and its alphabet as ‘fitting the language like a glove’.
Korean translation facts
- Although Standard Korean is the most prevalent form of the language, many local dialects exist within the provinces. The Jeju dialect (in the island province off South Korea) is considered distinct enough to be classed as its own language.
- A language drift has also occurred between North Korea and South Korea, with each evolving their own vocabularies, pronunciation styles and grammatical rules. North Koreans are said to speak a ‘purer’ form of the standard language, having absorbed fewer loan words from other languages.
- Nuances are very important in the Korean language – one of the many reasons why highly-skilled translators are essential. Like Japanese, it has a complex system of honorifics (where words are adjusted to reflect societal status). In North Korea, the highest honorific form is reserved for the Great Leader, who has his very own verb ending.
- Unlike English, Korean is an SOV language, meaning that the verb is placed at the end of a sentence (after the subject and object). The subject and object may even be omitted, if they are obvious from the context.
- Korean spelling is complicated. Certain elements have fixed written forms, even though their pronunciation may differ when combined with other elements.
Korean translation and interpretation services
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