한국어

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Korean[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Sino-Korean word from 韓國語, from 韓國 (Korea) + (language)

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (SK Standard/Seoul) IPA(key): [ˈha̠(ː)nɡuɡʌ̹]
  • Phonetic hangeul: [(ː)]
    • Though still prescriptive in Standard Korean, the great majority of speakers (in both Koreas) no longer distinguish vowel length.
Romanizations
Revised Romanization?han-gugeo
Revised Romanization (translit.)?hangug-eo
McCune–Reischauer?han'gugŏ
Yale Romanization?hānkwuk.e

Noun[edit]

한국어 (han-gugeo) (hanja 韓國語)

  1. the Korean language

Usage notes[edit]

Of the many Korean names for the Korean language, this is the most formal in the Republic of Korea (South Korea). 한국말 (han-gungmal) is more commonly used, but it denotes exclusively the spoken language ( (mal, “speech”)). In North Korea, 조선말 (joseonmal) is more common.

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