Seoul dialect is considered the standard dialect for both North and South Korea. For South Korea the Modern variation of the Seoul dialect is the standard. In North Korea the Munhwaŏ dialect of Seoul is the standard.
There are 9 regional dialects: Seoul, Gyeongsang, Jeolla, Chungcheong, Gangwon, Hwanghae, Pyongan, Hamgyong, and Jeju.
Gyeongsang dialect is very tonal and depending on where you are, the dialect sounds different. Even between Busan and Daegu there is a difference and the cities are only 100 kilometers away.
Jeolla dialect is best known for it’s different verb endings. Taking common endings and changing them. As well as only pronouncing the second vowel in a diphthong.
Chungcheong dialect is a combination of Seoul and Jeolla. The southern part of Chungcheong is closer to Jeolla and northern is closer to Seoul. Known for slow enunciation and unique jargon.
Gangwon dialect is Yeongseo and Yeongdong dialects. Both are spoken in the region. Yeongseo spoken on the east side while Yeongdong is spoken on the west side of the Taebaek mountains.
Hwanghae dialect is typically included with the central dialects, however does not fit in comfortably.
Pyongan dialect is thought to be North Korea’s standard, however it is not. Many vowel sounds are dropped out and replaced with the 8 that are used. As well as certain consonants being used more than others.
Hamgyong dialect is the most divergent dialect. Containing intonation, vocabulary, and grammatical differences that distinguish it from the standard Korean of the north or south. A specific difference is in kinship. Words such as father, mother, etc. are different from the standards.
Jeju dialect is so different, it is considered it’s own language. However, it has become a critically endangered language.
If you watch High Kick 3 episode 73 (yes the whole thing) a great example of the Gyeongsang and Seoul satoori difference are shown. Seung Yoon speaks with a heavy Busan dialect and is forced to start speaking with the Seoul dialect. “Reply 1997” is also a great drama that takes place in Busan.
"Reply 1994" has the most dialects used. In this short clip the 5 main South Korean mainland dialects are used.
For more information, you can do a google search or go to different wiki pages. Trust me, they are chock full of information.
ask-special-cities-of-korea was created November 5th 2012.
It’s been over a year and I would like to thank my 264 followers for making this a great year. Thank you to the very first followers in my early days. They were not pretty.
I have met incredible people throughout the year and learned many things. Motivating me to become a better artist and learn more about Korea. I learned how to develop a character and my writing has improved with my roleplay blog.
I have already talked about the history of this blog in the summer. Which is when I started my research on Korea. Summer 2012 was a young me who just started working and had an interest in my country and it’s people.
From a struggling, follower hungry, clueless admin, I turned into a carefree, determined, and satisfied admin. Whatever happens here happens. I know I used to be here 24/7 trying to make people feel special. But that was too much for which is why I took a long break. I might never return to that, but keep in mind I care for you still.
This blog has really expended with my roleplay blog and I hope to teach even more people about Korea. I get it, Hetalia is for fun and blah blah blah. But you know what, I do believe that accuracy is just as important as fun. A representation should not be botched in anyway. That is a country with a history and real people living there. I do not care for the people who like canon Korea. I planted myself and keeping it that way.
Thanks for being here in the ups and downs of this blog. I don’t really know what else to say. You are all wonderful and I hope you guys continue to stick with me and ring in new, curious eyes.
At this point, the only thing on the floor table was plate of pajeon and a large bowl of makgeoli. Silla took the ladle and poured some more of the alcohol into her little bowl. “아이고…다들 잔다…” Sighing she slid the door to the outdoor center open. The snow fell softly. Staying under the roof, she looked back inside. Seoul left about an hour ago. “Where could he have gone…” She already knew the answer. It wasn’t hard.
"One two three four and one and two and three and four." Even with Sinuiju’s counting Rason missed a beat. The club was thrown out of her range and landed at a few feet away. "Unnie, you’re thinking too much."