Today, I am writing about Korean translator‘s view of effective way of learning Korean. To know what Korean language is and learn how to speak Korean, it is essential to know Hangul, the Korean alphabet. It also helps to know a little bit of Korean when you hire or plan to hire Korean translators for your business purpose. Korean translation might be essential for your business, so it doesn’t hurt you if you have got some knowledge about it. The letters/characters of the Hangul alphabet represent individual sounds or phonemes.
Unlike any other languages in the world, Korean alphabet was invented by King Sejong during the Choseon Dynasty. In 1443, it was introduced to the public. King Sejong wanted to improve literacy in Korea. Therefore, he sought to develop an easy to learn system for writing. Before the introduction of Hangul, Koreans wrote in Chinese or used some variants of Chinese characters that represented different Korean sounds. The original alphabet was composed of 28 letters/characters; 11 vowels and 17 consonants.
Currently Korean language is used by 45 million people in South Korea, 23 million in North Korea and several million Koreans living in other countries like China (1.9 million), the United States (1.5 million), Japan (710,000), and the former Soviet Union (450,000). In addition, Hangul is taught in over 50 American and Canadian universities, with programs expanding each year. Matriculation of Hangul also takes place in more than 20 universities in Europe, East Asia, and Australia. As Korea’s influence in world economics and politics grows, the international communities knowledge of the Korean language and the culture should increase. During the Choson Dynasty (A.D. 1392-1910), Confucianism was adopted as the state ideology. When King Sejong developed Hangul, he maintained Confucian beliefs of harmony and balance, which is represented in Korean alphabet. At present, Hangul consists of 40 letters/characters. There are 21 vowels and 19 consonants. 24 are considered basic letters and the remaining 16 are compounds formed from the basic letters.
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