Language Scientific’s Korean Translation Services

Language Scientific provides high quality Korean translation services, supplying technical, medical and scientific translation, localization and interpreting into and out of Korean. We are a US-based language services company serving over 1,500 global corporations. Our specialization, focus, industry-leading quality management standards and customer-centered attitude have earned us the trust of many of the world’s best technology, engineering, bio-medical and pharmaceutical companies.

Language Scientific has two divisions—Technical and Engineering Localization and Translation Services Division and Medical and Pharmaceutical Localization and Translation Services Division. Both groups provide a full range of Korean language services including:

We offer a unique depth of subject-matter expertise via our Advanced Scientific Knowledge network (ASKnetwork™) and globalization know-how for companies in the Aerospace & Defense, Chemical, Clinical Research, Energy, Healthcare, Industrial Manufacturing, Medical Device, Pharmaceutical, Technology and related industries. Our ASKnetwork™ of over 6,000 specialists comprises multilingual engineers, doctors and scientists working in over 75 countries on 5 continents.

Language Scientific’s unique Accreditation Program for Technical and Medical Translators, along with a rigorous Quality Management System, ensures the quality standards that our clients have come to depend on. Language Scientific’s Quality Management System is ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 17100:2015 certified.

At Language Scientific, we are driven by the mission to set the new Standard of Quality for technical translation and localization. It is this mission that drives our success and sets us apart as a company. When you need precise global communication, Language Scientific is the clear choice.

Korean Language Statistics/Facts:

Korean language, sometimes called Hangugeo and Chosŏnmal, is considered to be one of the most peculiar languages in the world that is spoken among over 78 millions of people. Most of them live in the Korean peninsula meanwhile more than 4 millions of individuals who speak Korean are scattered all over the planet. It is officially national language in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and South Korea. In addition, it is very popular in such countries as Japan, China, Canada, Russia and USA.

Korean language is listed as a critical need by the US Department of Defense that highlights the importance of educational programs in offering studying courses within the country. Numerous studies are concluded with the assumption that Korean is isolated language, however, some researchers refer it to the part of hypothetical Altaic language family. Korean language has several dialects spread in entire Korean peninsula and named mostly after Nine Korean Provinces.

Korean Dialects:

Dialect Region
Seoul dialectOfficial language in South Korea (Seoul, Gyeonggi , Incheon);North Korea (Kaesong)
Pyongyang dialectOfficial language in North Korea (Pyongyang, Chagang Province);China (Liaoning Province)
Hwanghae dialect North Korea (Hwanghae)
Chungcheong dialect South Korean (Chungcheong)
Gyeongsang dialect South Korea (Gyeongsang, Busan, Daegu, Ulsan)
Jeolla dialect South Korea (Jeolla, Gwangju)
Jeju dialect Jeju Island
Kangwon dialectNorth and South Korea (Kangwon)
Hwanghae dialect North Korea (Hwanghae dialects)

Countries that speak Korean:

  • Canada
  • Japan
  • Russia
  • United States
  • China
  • North Korea
  • South Korea

Korean Speaking Country Data:

Country: South Korea

Capital: Seoul
Population: 51,181,299
Presidential Republic: President Park Geun-hye and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn
Currency: South Korean Won
GDP (ppp): $37,700
Unemployment: 3.7%
Government Type: Presidential  Republic
Industries: Automotive, Electronics, Aerospace, Biotechnology, Information Technology, Communication, Chemicals, Manufacturing and Tourism

Country: North Korea

Capital: Pyongyang
Population: 25,248,140
Communist State: Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un
Currency: North Korean Won
GDP (ppp): $1,700
Unemployment: 25.6%
Government Type: Communist state
Industries: Electric power, Chemicals, Mining, Military, Metallurgy, Textiles, Food Industry, Machine Building

Korean Language History

Korean language is one of the most ancient languages on the planet that, despite centuries-old Chinese cultural influence, Japanese military occupation and American presence after the end of World War Second, has managed to save its originality and uniqueness, which display national character, antique traditions and inner world of every Korean and entire nationality in general. It is fair to mention that although historically relations between Korean and Japanese languages have not been determined, both these languages have strikingly similar grammatical structures. In addition, it is important fact that Chinese culture, religion, literature, hieroglyphs and Chinese words along with Buddhist texts reached Japan only after the moment when they had been absorbed by Korea. All these affected mutual peculiarities of Korean and Japanese languages.

The first script in Korean Language is dated 15th century and it is called Hangul. Before that, the classical Chinese was used since the 4th century, and all literary works were written in this language. There is a classification of the Korean language that is supported by many linguists. According to this classification, there were four stages of the language development: Proto-Korean was spoken before the 1st century A.D. This is the language that was used during the Bronze and Iron Ages on the territory of the modern Korea. Then goes the Old Korean that is considered to be the language of the Three Kingdoms period. The three most important states formed the three kingdoms, those are Goguryeo, Baekje (Mahan), Silla (Jinhan). There are still debates on whether those three states used the same language, as little records are left since that time. The Old Korean language period lasted until the Unified Silla period. At this time, the first phonological writing called Idu script was developed (by the 6th century AD).

Korea’s written language was created by the group of Korean scientists in 1443 due to the order of forth king from the dynasty of Joseon Sejong the Great. Popular legend told that the king invented general design of signs when he saw tangled fishing network. The King Sejong explained that he created a new written language because Korean differed from Chinese, hieroglyphs of which were extremely hard to learn for ordinary people. During those times, only men belonged to aristocratic layer of society were taught reading and writing, meanwhile the biggest part of Korean population was left illiterate. Furthermore, a legend states that Buddhist monk created Hangul that was printed in documents in 1443. However, in 1504, the tenth king of Joseon dynasty forbade people to use Hangul in official documents. That is why Hangul was used only by women and uneducated individuals.

Nevertheless, the last quarter of XIX century was known in Korea as a powerful educational movement and after several Japanese attempts to spread its influence in the Korean peninsula, the country surged in a wave of national fight. Hence, Hangul was proclaimed as a national symbol. After getting independence from Japan in 1945, Korea has started to use Hangul as its official writing system. In the middle of 1950s, the system of Hangul transcription with the usage of Cyrillic has been elaborated. After the World War Second, a creation of two Korean states, fratricidal bloody fight and country’s split inevitably led to different ways of language construction. In the South Korean press and literature, as much as in usual language, there are a lot of adoptions from English and Americanisms, meanwhile in North Korea, there are numerous loan words from Russian language.