The tone of the young North Korean soldiers revealed in the lecture… “What does ‘okayyo’ mean?”

North Korean military learning materials
‘Korean language’ liberal arts materials published in ‘Soldier Life’ published by the General Political Bureau in July 2021. /Photo = Daily NK internal military source provided

The North Korean military authorities have recently emphasized the use of the so-called ‘Pyongyang Cultural Language’ targeting young soldiers, and have been wary of using the South Korean (South Korean) dialect.

Through the liberal arts material titled ‘Korean language’ published in ‘Soldier Life (a magazine published by the General Political Bureau)’ in July, which the Daily NK recently obtained, the military authorities once said, “Among the national symbols that show the dignity and sovereignty of our country, there are We also have a proud Korean language,” he emphasized.

The source continued, “The great leaders (Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-il) made the transition to the national language develop based on the language of Pyongyang, the capital of the revolution. It has been accomplished,” he added.

Here, the Pyongyang cultural language refers to the standard North Korean language that has been used since the 1960s according to Kim Il-sung’s ‘teaching’. North Korea asserts that this is “the prototype of the modern and refined Korean language, in which the unique characteristics and excellence of the national language are compiled.”

In other words, it is emphasizing that the use of the Pyongyang cultural language, which is superior to the standard language of South Korea, should be used in daily life.

The lecturer, who educated and explained political learning materials to the soldiers, went further.

According to the source, lecturers such as propaganda officers and political advisers in each unit told the soldiers, “The fighters who have just joined the army still have not been able to get out of their social hours and are singing social songs using the old and rotten South Korean singing method during entertainment parties and crowd culture entertainment. It is clouding the revolutionary military winds, which is a thorough transference act.”

This is in line with the prohibition on the use of South Korean accents and singing methods (labor training type or maximum 2-year labor reform type) pointed out in the ‘Reactionary Ideology Culture Rejection Act’ enacted at the end of last year, and it is interpreted as an intention to eradicate the spread of the Korean Wave.

The spread of Hallyu is a diagnosis that not only changes the daily life of the residents, but can also promote the awareness of the people about system problems by comparing South and North Korean societies.

In other words, when North Koreans who watched South Korean movies or dramas in North Korea copied their fashion, hair style, and even tone, they were wary of it. In this regard, among young North Koreans, ‘comrade’ is called ‘friend’ and ‘brother’ is called ‘brother’, as well as the expression ’embarrassed (embarrassed)’ is popular.

The explanatory material on the Anti-Reactionary Ideology and Culture Rejection Act obtained by this paper states, “If you bring in and distribute a large amount of South Korean films, recordings, compilations and books, you will be sentenced to life imprisonment or the death penalty.” /Photo = Daily NK

The use of foreign words was also pointed out. The lecturer informed the data raised by the political department within the 12th Corps and said, “In an independent platoon of this unit, when talking to each other in the same group (students the same age) in the hospital room (兵室‧dormitory), they say ‘okayyo’ or ‘no-yo’. There was also a defect in answering, which was a big problem,” he said.

The lecturer then emphasized, “One of the signs that a new generation of military personnel these days is to observe a sound ideological consciousness, revolutionaryness and morality is to revolutionize their language life.” He linked the problem of language use with revolutionary.

In particular, he said, “(If the use of such language continues), it may create illusions about the enemy, and furthermore, it may be drenched in imperialist reactionary ideology and the ranks of the soldiers who hold the arms of the revolution may be clouded.”

It is interpreted that the North Korean military authorities are extremely wary of the relaxation of the ideas of the new generation of military personnel in the People’s Army, which is dominated by young people who are easily exposed to external culture, and are calling for the so-called ‘war for defending the socialist ideological position’.

On the other hand, the North Korean authorities have instructed each military to review, discuss, and struggle ideologically on its own and report on the anti-socialist and non-socialist tendencies in the language sector by the military Songun Day (August 25). passed on

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