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 hangul: [(ː)]
    • Though still prescriptive in Standard Korean, most 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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