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This is exactly what my linguistics courses have all said. Still, it's difficult not to think of "dialects" as an inferior form of the standard language or to judge people based on the dialect they speak, isn't it? I still find myself thinking poorly of people who speak with southern accents use southern dialects of English here in the U.S.What are Koreans' opinions on other 사투리 found in 경상도 or 전라도
Koreans have been strictly recommended to use "standard Korean" in public places and on TV, and those who break the rule were considered rude, uneducated, and boorish. In fact, when I was younger, anyone who used Jeju dialect during class were scolded a lot, and by 2004 using dialets on TV was prohibited. However, things are changing. They show much less negative attitude toward people who speak dialects. Threre are lots of efforts and studies going on to preserve dialects. Lots of actors use dialects on TV dramas. Still, it is not possible to become a TV announcer if you have 경상/전라/충청/강원 accent.
I remember watching an episode of 30분 다큐 dedicated to people who spoke different dialects. One person said that when they used their dialect in class even the teacher made a joke at their expense; others talked about similar experiences they had since moving to Seoul, and there was a man taking lessons to try to change his accent so he could become a TV announcer. In another episode there was a Korean language student who went out of their way to study dialect in 부산 as well as 표준어. So, this might be an odd question, but how valuable/beneficial do you think studying a dialect and is if you want to learn the "standard" language.
Sorry for the late reply. I was kind of away from my town for a week. I have Jeju accent a bit, but people hardly notice that. Almost all Jeju people I know can speak both Jeju dialect and the standard Korean fluently. Interesting, huh?I strongly believe that speaking the "standard" Korean fluently is a must to gain more job opportunites; We don`t imagine/want a TV announcer who speaks 부산 dialect, and teachers who speak dialects all the time in class would not be respected. However, I value all dialects and people`s efforts to learn them, and to some, their ability to speak a dialect is of great advantage in their career and social life. I have lots of good friends in Seoul, but I can`t feel the intimate feeling that I feel from my friends who speak Jeju dialect. Jeju people`s peculiar culture, habits, atmosphere, emotions.... are melted in our dialect, and we cannot express them all in Seoul dialect. Some elderly ones in Jeju who have negative thoughts against those from the mainland wouldn`t want to answer to your question if you ask with other dialects(including the standard Korean). Some comedians and actors became popular because they can speak a/a few dialect(s). Do you know Robert Holley? He speaks fluent 부산 dialect, which is so unusual and humorous. And...do you know the TV drama, 탐나는도다(Tamra the Island) on MBC? It is about Jeju people living in 17th century, and the ators who speak fluent Jeju dialect, of course, get a lot of attention. So... my conclution is that the more languages/dialects you can speak, the wider world you can enjoy. ^^*