The answer of the question is "Yes and no"
You would have watched North Koreans making announcements and speeches through news programme.
South Korea people can understand most of their languages but some words and expressions have different usages compared to S.K. For example, the word "capitalist" is an acceptable word in South Korea although it is regarded as someone to attack in North Korea. Let me give you another example. The word "comrade", which is quite often used for calling each other in communism, means someone who shares any difficult or dangerous situation with their friends or coworkers. (capitalist = 자본가, comrade = 동지, 동무) However, in South Korea, we don't use that word quite often. We think this word is somewhat old-fashioned
North Korean government must have had an institution for creating violent words.-_- Lee Chun-hee, the anchor of Pyeongyang (or Korean Central News Agency) broadcast center news(or Mr.Kim's private propaganda center -_-) uses extremely violent, but extremely creative words-_-. Can you imagine the anchor using violent word on public TV channel?
ex) 우리는 남조선 괴래정부의 미쳐날뛰는 역적도당 호전광들의 역적패륜짓거리를 결코 좌시하지 않고 그들의 망동을 정밀조준타격할 것이다! (If you are non-native Korean speaker, you can't understand this example sentence -_- )
In Korea, there are more than 23000 North Korea defectors(새터민). Many of them have had many troubles and had a hard time understanding South Korea's culture, politic, economic system, and language. Although they can speak Korean fluently and there's only a little problem with communicating with South Korea people, because of some language differences, they sometimes are in some troubles.
The way I see it is, the language differences between North Korean and South Korean must be much greater than those of English between AmE and BrE
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Quick question. Can South Korean understand North Korean language? The answer of the question is "Yes and no" You would have watched North Koreans making announcements and speeches through news programme. South Korea people can understand most of their languages but some words and expressions ha