Korean study absorbing

Date: 11/06/2019 | Source: Pyongyang Times | Read original version at source

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I majored in Korean linguistics at Literature College of Kim Il Sung University and I am now writing my Master’s thesis in the postgraduate course.

The more I study Korean, the more I’m engrossed in it.

Anyone, be they Asian, European or African, can learn Korean with some effort and have a fluent command of it.

Pyongyang dialect is called the cultured language of Pyongyang or the cultured language in short.

Since Korea’s liberation the Korean language has developed centring on Pyongyang, the hub of politics, economy and culture of the DPRK.

Pyongyang dialect evolved into a more advanced speech by incorporating fine elements of the Korean language which had traditionally been used in different parts of the Korean peninsula including Seoul dialect.

The Pyongyang speech is flowing and agreeable to the ear with its intonation soft and gentle.

As Korean consists of more vowels than consonants, the speech is resonant, fluent, beautiful and elegant, I think.

The pitch and length of intonations go so well together to produce smooth, powerful and convincing tones.

The Pyongyang speech has over 3 000 syllables that are in everyday use, making it possible to correctly pronounce any words of all nations across the world.

It also abounds in vocabulary and phrases.

For example, there are more than 800 expressions showing laughter and there are plenty of those relating to colour which are well developed.

The abundance of expressions is also evidenced by numerous verbs and nearly 10 000 idioms and proverbs. Among them are “Dig one well and with constancy”, “A spoonful of food cannot satiate you”, “Drips can pierce a rock while arrows cannot”, “Cross even shallow streams with caution”, “Measure ten times before scissoring one” and “Do not lose your sense though you are drowning”.

The grammatical structure is well built: the vocabulary is distinctly categorized, conversion of parts of speech is regular, grammatical categories are classified systematically, tho, or a kind of suffix taking a grammatical form, is developed and the word order is well-regulated and smooth.

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