Translation is a fascinating topic, isn’t it? I particularly find it interesting in my work as a Korean translator to consider those points at which languages don’t connect perfectly and the adjustments we have to make for them.
This is a quick tip about dashes and tildes in Korean.
In English, we use an m-dash to connect numbers that cover an interval:
Ex: 5–7 or 1997–2012
But Korean uses a tilde:
Ex: 5~7 or 1970~2012 (also commonly written with extra spaces: 5 ~ 7 or 1970 ~ 2012)
Best-Practice Tip – Be ready for this conversion. Translators handling English to Korean should add tildes to numbered intervals; those translating Korean into English should change the tildes to dashes.