Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Winter Olympics: Linguistic divide poses problem to Korea hockey team

“GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — North and South Korea face a widening linguistic divide after 70 years of division, and that is a challenge for the rivals’ first-ever joint Olympic team as it prepares for the Pyeongchang Winter Games.

The Canadian coach of the joint women’s hockey team said Monday her squad has made a three-page dictionary that translates key hockey terms from English into South Korean and then into North Korean for better communication among the players and herself.”

Read more @ https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/2018/02/05/linguistic-divide-poses-problem-to-korea-olympic-hockey-team/110117046/

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