Naver's newest dictionary: Vietnamese

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Naver (basically Korea's Google and Yahoo combined) has recently added a new language to its excellent online dictionaries, making this the seventh after English, Japanese, Chinese, French, Spanish, and German. This one is interesting as there is no recorded Vietnamese pronunciation as far as I can see, but there is Korean pronunciation of every word (those were already recorded so nothing new here). Releasing a new language without audio shows that it is probably more to help Vietnamese in Korea learn the language than the other way around. At the moment there are a registered 115,000 or so Vietnamese in Korea, roughly half on working visas and the other half coming to the country for marriage.

Here's one example of a word in the dictionary:


[부사] Lẳng lặng, bí mật, lén lút, ngấm ngầm.

    • 슬금슬금훔쳐보다 bí mật liếc nhìn, trộm nhìn.


    • bí mật liếc nhìn, trộm nhìn.
    • 슬금슬금훔쳐보다
The dictionary also has a pop-up keyboard, but even without it the dictionary shows results as you type so there is little need to resort to it unless you want to use it just to type something in Vietnamese.


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