1. Korean Is Useful
According to the National Institute of the Korean Language, there are more than 70 million people around the world who speak Korean, which ranks as the 13th most widely language in the world. Learning Korean is absolutely worth it as it is useful for travel and business.
2. The Korean Alphabet Is Simple
The Korean language is considered to have the most logical system of writing in the world. Hangul, the Korean alphabet, has 24 letters and are all spelled phonetically. For example, ㄴ, pronounced “ni-eun”, resembles the English letter N, and looks exactly the way your tongue would look forming the sound. Besides, there is definitely an advantage for Chinese speakers as Chinese characters were substituted for Korean before the current system was introduced by King Sejong.
3. Korean Dramas Are Very Entertaining
Korean cinema and TV culture are especially fascinating. The high quality of Korean production is revealed by Boong Joon Ho’s Parasite, which won 4 Academy Awards. If you want to experience Korean films and Korean dramas to their full extent, speaking Korean is a must. Instead of resorting to tedious grammar drills, you can simply learn Korean while immersing yourself in exciting TV shows.
4. Korea offers once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences
Jeju Island, which is located off the coast of the Korean Peninsula and voted one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, is breathtakingly gorgeous with dramatic vistas. In addition to a host of tourist spots and all the natural beauty the country has been blessed with, you can witness some of the magnificent edifices the Korean people have built. A few examples are Shinsegae Centum City in Busan, which is the world’s beggest department store, and Lotte World in Seoul, the biggest indoor theme park in the world.
5. You can Discover Better Career Prospects
Korean business relationships are an asset and South Korea has the 12th largest economy in the world. Companies such as Samsung, Hyundai, and LG are constantly expanding. The Korean knowledge could put you to the front in your job hunting process as many companies are interested in joining Korean investors and markets.
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The following travel phrases and words will get you through almost any situation in Korean-speaking countries. This list isn’t all-inclusive, but probably you will use these the most.
- 안녕하세요 – An-nyeong-ha-se-yo.
- 반갑습니다 – Ban-gap-sum-ni-da.
Nice to meet you.
- 감사합니다 – Kam-sa-ham-ni-da.
- 밥 먹었어요? – Bap meo-geo-seo-yo?
How are you?
- 잠시만요 – Jam-shi-man-yo.
Excuse me./Just a moment.
- 주세요 – … ju-se-yo
Please (Please give me…)
- 어디예요 – Eo-di-ye-yo…?
Where is the…?
- 얼마예요 – Eol-ma-ye-yo?
How much is it?
- 화이팅 – Hwa-it-ting
You can do it!
- 사랑해 – Sa-rang-hae
I love you.
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Listening & speaking
Korean radio: http://world.kbs.co.kr/service/index.htm?lang=e
Easy Korean: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnEoJXGdLMM
Writing & language patterns
Information about Korean exams (Topik)