Korean voice-over production made simple
As an established Korean International voice-over agency, Matinée Multilingual has been providing a professional Korean Voice-Over Service and Korean Subtitling Service for over 25 years. We offer a selection of the very best Korean voice-over talent, at a price you can afford.
Whether for documentary, advertising, eLearning, or IVR, we’ll help you select the best Korean voice-over talent for the job. We can record wild or sync to picture, and deliver the audio back in the file format of your choice, same day, via FTP. We can also lay-back the audio onto your video, and re-work the captions where necessary.
To check the availability of our voice-artists and to confirm costs, please contact us using the quick Quote form opposite, and we'll respond within one hour. Or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call on +44(0)118 958 4934.
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A short history of the Korean language
Little is known about the early origins of the Korean language, although it is commonly assigned to the Altaic language family of central Asia, which includes Turkish and Mongolian.
Korean shares many linguistic features with Japanese, another language commonly – though by no means definitively – said to be part of the Altaic family. It was also influenced by Chinese (with many Chinese characters incorporated into the written language), although this belongs to a separate language family.
Han’gul, the Korean writing system used today, was devised during the reign of King Sejong (1397-1450). Its purpose was to overcome the restrictions of using Chinese to express the Korean language, by providing the Korean people with their own accessible, phonetic script.
There were, and still are, a number of regional dialects in Korea. After the capital was moved to Kaesong in the 10th century, the Kaesong dialect became the national standard. Although there are minor differences in the dialects spoken in North Korea and South Korea, both countries essentially adhere to the standards set out by the Korean Language Society in 1933. Read more
Which countries have Korean as a national language?
Korean is the official language of both South Korea (Republic of Korea) and North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea). It is also one of two official languages in China’s Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture.
How many people speak Korean as their first language?
It is estimated that over 75 million people speak Korean as their first language, including 48 million in South Korea, 24 million in North Korea, two million in China, one million in the United States and 500,000 in Japan and Russia.
There are other significant Korean-speaking communities in Singapore, Thailand, Guam and Paraguay.
Did you know…
- South Koreans have a hybrid writing system which uses both Chinese characters (for words derived from Chinese) and han’gul (for Korean words). North Koreans have completely removed Chinese characters from their writing system and write everything – even Chinese-derived words – in han’gul.
- Han’gul is said to be one of the most scientific phonetic alphabets ever devised. It comprises 40 characters, including 14 consonants, five double consonants, 10 vowels and 11 dipthongs. Korean is not a tonal language – there is little variation in pitch and phrases are evenly stressed.
- Korean – along with Chinese, Japanese and Arabic – is ranked as one of the hardest languages in the world to learn.
The South Korean economy
South Korea’s market economy is the 15th largest in the world by nominal GDP. It is one of the G-20 major economies, and in 2010 Korea was the seventh largest exporter and 10th largest importer in the world.
South Korea is one of the Four Asian Tigers – countries with high-growth economies – together with Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan. It is a member of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.
The North Korean economy
North Korea remains largely isolated from the world, which makes its economy difficult to assess. It is one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world.