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    (Original post by miser)
    It was his first time playing too, really talented guy.

    Another little known fact is that he was was born inside of a log cabin beneath Korea's most sacred mountain, triggering a spontaneous transition from winter to summer, a shooting star and a double rainbow.
    And the birds sang... In perfect Korean.
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    (Original post by Rhadamanthus)
    And the birds sang... In perfect Korean.
    May seem like a stupid question, but are there any variances between North and South Korea in terms of language?
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    (Original post by tohaaaa)
    May seem like a stupid question, but are there any variances between North and South Korea in terms of language?
    They both speak Korean, which is the same language. I suppose you could look at the effects of half a century of communist propaganda on North Korean language in comparison to the globalised world of South Korea, which would be a very interesting thing to do. Other than that, it's the same.
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    (Original post by tohaaaa)
    May seem like a stupid question, but are there any variances between North and South Korea in terms of language?
    As far as I'm aware, the language is identical, bar the accent. It's more of a 'rough' accent, from what I've read but I'm not too sure. Some children who have managed to defect to the South sometimes get bullied in school because of their accents.
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    (Original post by tohaaaa)
    May seem like a stupid question, but are there any variances between North and South Korea in terms of language?
    Yo i'm a south korean here and the language is indeed similar but they have very strong accent and they use different phrasing and have different words for certain things. They have different sayings too - so it's basically the same language but with variations (sometimes extreme).

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    (Original post by tohaaaa)
    hahah.....

    NK is a actually quite scenic from what I've seen/heard/read.
    but of course, that's what they want you to think

    Also, in reply to an earlier post, I believe Kim Jong-il is also said to have invented to Microwave as a small child. :dontknow:
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    (Original post by mathsman77)
    but of course, that's what they want you to think

    Also, in reply to an earlier post, I believe Kim Jong-il is also said to have invented to Microwave as a small child. :dontknow:
    What other magnificent things has Kim Jong-il supposed to have done??? (This is quite funny) :cool:
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    The country is so isolated because the leaders don't want the populations to discover the reality that they are basically living in abject poverty with famine and that the rest of the word is 70 years ahead of them in terms of advancement.

    They are brainwashed about this since birth. This is all so that the ruling party can keep power over everyone. Anyone who rebels or causes enough trouble is executed and their family punished or executed as well.

    There is no internet access and only the business elite/government have access to mobile telephones. The only tv/radio stations are goverment run and hence praise the leaders all day long.

    OP, you should watch this.

    Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IH_uOIUYXKk
    Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9aLCpQ-pNo
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    I find it really scary, and really sad, that the people of NK are literally not allowed to leave NK
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    (Original post by miser)
    It was his first time playing too, really talented guy.

    Another little known fact is that he was was born inside of a log cabin beneath Korea's most sacred mountain, triggering a spontaneous transition from winter to summer, a shooting star and a double rainbow.
    You forgot the story where a butterfly supposedly landed on his outstretched finger.
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    (Original post by HopefulMidwife)
    I find it really scary, and really sad, that the people of NK are literally not allowed to leave NK
    I know. The North Korean leader is so controlling that he has even invented hairstyles (which are absolutely hideous) for the people. That goes to show how controlling and nuts they are over there.
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    (Original post by TheGoonerGirl)
    I know. The North Korean leader is so controlling that he has even invented hairstyles (which are absolutely hideous) for the people. That goes to show how controlling and nuts they are over there.
    I can't believe it's 2013 and this is still allowed to go on? :confused:
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    (Original post by HopefulMidwife)
    I can't believe it's 2013 and this is still allowed to go on? :confused:
    It's shocking isn't it? The way the North Korean leader treats his people never fails to disgust me.
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    (Original post by TheGoonerGirl)
    It's shocking isn't it? The way the North Korean leader treats his people never fails to disgust me.
    Same here. I really feel for them. I can't imagine being literally imprisoned inside a whole country :mad:
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    Because it is a crazily repressed Stalinist state. People are brainwashed by a pervasive propaganda machine, controlled into submission by fear, or both. Many NK's live in extreme poverty (hence why they only show you around the relatively well-off places if you visited).
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    (Original post by Kerny)
    Because it is a crazily repressed Stalinist state. People are brainwashed by a pervasive propaganda machine, controlled into submission by fear, or both. Many NK's live in extreme poverty (hence why they only show you around the relatively well-off places if you visited).
    Just wondering, why doesn't someone just go into NK and SHOW them the truth? (Granted they'll get their brains blown out, but surely it'll be for the good??) :confused::confused:
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    (Original post by tohaaaa)
    Just wondering, why doesn't someone just go into NK and SHOW them the truth? (Granted they'll get their brains blown out, but surely it'll be for the good??) :confused::confused:
    No reliable way of doing it. There's no internet there, and whatever goes in and out of NK is heavily controlled, not to mention it is very dangerous to try and enter/exit the country illegally. And of course many North Koreans are aware that they are living in a despotic hellhole but there is little they can do about it.
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    (Original post by Kerny)
    No reliable way of doing it. There's no internet there, and whatever goes in and out of NK is heavily controlled, not to mention it is very dangerous to try and enter/exit the country illegally. And of course many North Koreans are aware that they are living in a despotic hellhole but there is little they can do about it.
    Fair enough, so, how would one get to live in North Korea (A foreigner)? (Is it impossible??)
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    (Original post by tohaaaa)
    Fair enough, so, how would one get to live in North Korea (A foreigner)? (Is it impossible??)
    I think it would be very difficult, but it is is possible for Westerners to get into NK. Chinese tourist boards run state-sanctioned tours of NK, but obviously there are very heavy restrictions.

    Your Chinese tour guide takes responsibility for the tourists, so if someone were to **** off Kimmy, the guide would probably face a lengthy prison sentence/death.
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    You would contact a NK government company or your embassy would would contact the NK people respnsible. You would then get a 'visa' or basically authorisation to go there, provided you are not American or South Korean. The British are looked on as 'ok' but due to the closeness to the US other nationalaties may fair better.

    When you arrive you will be asked to hand over your mobile phone (I heard this was recinded recently) and will be assigned a minder or guide who will show you around and strictly control where you go.

    It's worth noting that if you step out of line your minder can end up in a lot of ****, including imprisonment and life forced labor. You will most likely be escorted and deported.
 
 
 
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