[LETTERS TO THE EDITOR]Foreign dictionaries neededIn the wake of President Roh Moo-hyun’s recent visit to Russia, a huge amount of research on the cosmos is expected to pour into South Korea. Though South Korea demanded the scientific papers be translated into English, and Russia agreed to do so, the truly valuable first-hand materials would be written all in Russian.
In the end we would have to translate the data into Korean. But our government has not paid attention to investing in compiling dictionaries of foreign languages that are basic for translation. South Korea is content with just importing materials translated into English.
In the information era around which the knowledge industry evolves, cooperation with other countries on academic matters is directly connected with a nation’s competitiveness. We have to compile dictionaries and train researchers who have a good command of languages in order to understand and judge the value of other countries’ data, to utilize them for our academic development.
by Yoo Hak-soo