Happy Hangul Day

Happy Hangul Day

Yep, today, October 9th, is Hangul day. This national holiday of South Korea celebrates the creation of the Korean alphabet by the monarch Sejong the Great in the 15th century.

Unfortunately, like many of you, I do not speak a single word of Korean. If this is also your case, do not let it stop you from learning this beautiful writing system. I swear it’s easier to learn than you would expect.

Learning Hangul

Phonetic Alphabet

Although there appears to be a lot of symbols, Hangul is a phonetic alphabet. This means that each letter represents a sound. So all you need to learn is a total of 40 letters. To learn these letters, refer to the table on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hangul.

(from Wikipedia)

Cluster Formation

What makes the letters appear tricky is the way the vowels and consonants are clustered together. Here is a word example.

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The word Hangul, written in the Korean alphabet (Wikipedia)

I bought a Korean writing practice book (in French), here is the English equivalent:

Challenge for YOU

Try to write your name. A good idea is to learn Hangul with a friend. Then you can use it as a secret writing code in your own language!

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