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when we read a phone number, digit 6 is pronounced 륙, isn't it? Why?

Are there any cases similar (when it is 륙)? Please show me!

For learning: Korean
Base language: English
Category: Other

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    korean and japanese are belong to the altaic language family, as well as mongolian turkish etc.Most native words in Altaic languages will never start with the letter L or R,The letter L or R in Korean and Japanese could be from borrowed words.
    example
    라디오 ラジオ come from english word (radio)
    로그인 ログイン come from english word (login)
    留学(りゅうがく) come from chinese word (overseas education)
    the borrowed words divide into old Chinese(한자어) and european language(외래어).unlike japanese and north korean,almost all old chinese loan words in south korean will never start with the letter L or R(ㄹ)
    example
    六(chinese loan word)ろく(japanese) 륙(N.korean)육 (S.korean) 
    流星(chinese loan word)りゅうせい(japanese)류성(N.korean) 유성(S.korean)
    interestingly, chinese people call russia 俄罗斯(oros)which comes from mongolian. the mongolian words rarely start with the letter L or R too,so they added letter O in front of russia

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