A man disinfects a street in Seoul, South Korea. English words are increasingly visible on street signs, much to the displeasure of Hangul’s many fans. Photo: AP
A man disinfects a street in Seoul, South Korea. English words are increasingly visible on street signs, much to the displeasure of Hangul’s many fans. Photo: AP
South Korea

Amid Squid Game and K-pop, Seoul spots a challenge to its soft power: Konglish, a hybrid of Korean and English

  • A growing trend in which young people pepper their speech with hybridised words mixing English and Korean has got Seoul worried
  • Older Koreans are fiercely proud of their language, lauded for its precision, while Seoul fears the lingo is undermining its soft power push

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A man disinfects a street in Seoul, South Korea. English words are increasingly visible on street signs, much to the displeasure of Hangul’s many fans. Photo: AP
A man disinfects a street in Seoul, South Korea. English words are increasingly visible on street signs, much to the displeasure of Hangul’s many fans. Photo: AP
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