April 08, 2015 09:14
A new translation app aims to help North Korean defectors who are often baffled by South Korean argot that has developed in quite a different direction in the 60 years of national division.
The auto-translation smartphone app was developed by Cheil Worldwide in collaboration with the Community Chest of Korea.
Young North Koreans who have recently arrived in South Korea say they find the app helpful.
Dr. Ju Sung-hyun, a defector who helped develop it, says the process helped him too learn South Korean from scratch.
The government and civic groups are coming up with other ways of helping defectors overcome their language problems. Radio and TV announcers are offering a language clinic for defectors.
And the government has launched a project to compile a dictionary in the hope of closing the linguistic gap between the two Koreas. Its 28 editors went to Pyongyang for a meeting last year.
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