Overview of the Korean Language
Korean is the official language of both North Korea and South Korea. It is also recognised as an official language in one part of the People’s Republic of China and some areas of Japan. It is reported that around 78 million people speak Korean, and this number is continuing to grow.
The History of Korean
There are a number of stages in the history of the Korean language, consisting of;
- Pre – 1st Century: Proto-Korean
- 1st – 10th Century: Old Korean
- 10th – 16th Century: Middle Korean
- 17th Century onwards: Modern Korean
The 17th Century saw a standardisation of the modern language. A number of subtle differences have developed since the split between North and South Korea, but the modern language remains very similar.
5 Fascinating Korean Facts
- The official spelling of “no” has changed twice.
- Korean words often have several completely different meanings, all determined by context.
- Compared to other massive languages in the region, the development of Korean has been extremely “isolated”.
- The word “Korean” is derived from Goryeo, which is apparently the first dynasty known to Westerners.
- Taekwondo is a Korean martial art.
The increasing influence of the Far East nations in terms of economy and culture has ensured that Korean is a much-learned language across the globe. Whilst there are certain negative connotations associated with the Communist North Korea, the South still remains a popular holiday destination and a hub of global business. Hosting the 2002 Football World Cup brought South Korea to the attention of billions across the world, further enhancing their reputation as a people and demonstrating how fine their nation is.
Learning Korean With Overpass
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