Wednesday, July 04, 2007

(North) Korean News: "Superiority of Korean Language"

This would be charming, reverberating vowels and all, if it was just ordinary linguistic chauvinism and not totalitarian boasting:
The Korean language has a long history with the formation of the Korean nation.

With the creation of Hunminjongum (the Korean alphabet) in 1444, the Korean people have used it in writing. The Korean spoken language is fluent and gentle to hear. It has also good intonation.

It, with rich pronunciation, can express correctly any difficult and complicate pronunciation.

The Korean alphabet consists of 21 vowels and 19 consonants.

The vowel not only reverberates loudly but also constitutes the core in a syllable, the smallest unit of the pronunciation.

Only when it is combined with the vowel, can the consonant form a vivid syllable and clearly reverberate in well harmony with the before and behind words.

The vowels and consonants of the Korean alphabet can express the general meanings and minute differences of the objects, phenomena and processes. Therefore, it is possible to pronounce all the foreign languages correctly.

There are more than 5,000 languages in the world, none of which can compare with the Korean written and spoken languages delicate in expression, rich in meaning and abundant in vocabulary.
I wonder how long it took to review all those languages. Can I really say this isn't true? It would certainly explain why all that enthusiasm for the Dear Leader's field guidance seems to lose something in translation.

Crossposted on Soccer Dad

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