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