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안녕하세요! (pronounced: An-nyeong-ha-se-yo!) – that is Korean and means Hallo!
In the field of linguistics Korean has a special place as until now Linguistic Science has not categorically assigned Korean to a language group.
Other Linguists have researched a link between Korean and Japanese, but have not been able to prove this connection.
Therefore many Linguists classify Korean as a unique language unrelated to any other languages of the world.
A special feature of this language is the script with which it is written:
Until the end of the 14th Century all Korean texts were written in Chinese characters.
Under his leadership a script was developed in which all sounds in the Korean language, words from Chinese and other foreign languages
and even noises from Nature (like bird chirping and the whistle of the wind) could be written.
The result of this research is the Hangeul script which to this day in a modernised form is still used in Korea.
The Hangeul script can be written vertically or horizontally. Both forms are used in Korea today.
The document that King Sejong had created to spread this script across the land and to teach his people the new script, has been recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage document.
The Hangeul script is unique in the world, in that its inventor and date of invention are known and documented.
Hangeul is also well adapted for the 21st Century:
The syllables from which Korean is built are easily adaptable for computer keyboards and phones.
Would you like to learn Korean?
The Korean Courses from 17 Minute Languages are available at various levels: