With their rhythmic and sing-song vibe, Korean is one of the most pleasant-sounding languages in the world. Korean drama and music have taken the world by storm, and this introduction to the Korean language has allowed people, especially millennials, to recognize it immediately. Korean voice overs are becoming a defining aspect of today's world and Korea's place in it.
It may be difficult for some people in the West to differentiate Korean from other East Asian languages because of its overlapping word length and phonetic inventories which both affect syllable duration; however, there’s no denying Korean voice overs have their distinct charm.
Korean, also known as Kugo, is a language believed to belong in the Altaic language family, which also includes Mongolian and Turkish. In the sixth to the 14th century, various groups who lived in the Korean Peninsula merged into a homogenous people and developed the single language we know today. Although Chinese belongs to a different language family, it has still influenced Korean drastically.
With over 75 million speakers in the world, with 48 million living in South Korea, and another 24 million in North Korea, plus millions more in Japan, United States, and China, the Korean language is important for brands who want to infiltrate the Asian scene. Korean has been listed as one of the critical languages by the American State Department due to its strategic security and business interests in Korean-speaking areas, as well as its role as a heritage language to a huge number of American citizens that trace their roots to Korea. Korea is both the national language of North Korea and South Korea, with only a few differences in vocabulary choice, spelling, and alphabetization, which includes the names of letters. Despite this, the languages of the two nations both follow the unified standards made by the Korean Language Society. Korea is both the national language of North Korea and South Korea, with only a few differences in vocabulary choice, spelling, and alphabetization, which includes the names of letters. Despite this, the languages of the two nations both follow the unified standards made by the Korean Language Society.
There are two official variations of Korean. First is the Seoul dialect which is spoken in South Korea, and the other is called Pyongyang dialect which is spoken by North Koreans. These are both distinguished by specific policies. Aside from these major variations, there are also regional dialects that correspond to province boundaries. Some examples are Kyongsang, Cholla, and Chungcheong in South Korea, and Hamgyong, and Hwanghae in North Korea.
Korean pronunciation has a very noticeable difference with English, and it takes a lot of practice to pronounce words correctly. In general, the language has a slight musical tonality thanks to its distinctions in vowel length, pitch, or both. Variations of Korean have also maintained a rising accent, although it’s already vanishing in cities such as Seoul. Just like French, Korean does not use an accent to distinguish words, with only a few exceptions because of intonation. A Korean voice over typically features the standard pronounciation found throughout the country. In the language, no consonant can make a sound if it is alone. Therefore, there’s always a vowel to complete the syllable before it can be pronounced. One example of this is the Korean word for sky. The “s” equivalent in Korean needs “eu” to be pronounced. This is a major difference compared to English all-consonant words such as “sky” that can be pronounced without any problem.
Are you looking towards the East as you plan the next giant leap for your audio-visual material? You’ll need a Korean voice over: there are more than 77 million native Korean speakers in Korea and China. South Korea is the 15th largest market economy in the world today and that means that Korea should feature in your strategy.
The best way to communicate with anyone is in their mother tongue. People feel comfortable with local voices that speak their language. Since BunnyStudio has over 100,000 voice over artists to choose from, you can be certain that we’ve got a great selection of Korean voices for you to choose from. Every one of them is a local and they’re all professionals in their field – it’s just a matter of deciding which voice best suits your message.
Browse out selection of Korean voices or simply tell us what you have in mind for your voice over and we’ll take it from there. Your Korean speaking audience awaits!