Korea Insights

[October 9] Celebrating Hangeul Day!

On October 9, South Koreans celebrate Hangeul Day to commemorate the invention and promulgation of Hangeul, the Korean writing system, by King Sejong. Korea is known to be the only country in the world that has a holiday for its writing system. “Indeed, legendary University of Chicago linguist James McCawley was famous for holding Hangul Day celebrations every year and for championing the holiday as an international celebration for linguists. In an interview shortly before his death in 1999, McCawely noted that “Hangul is the most ingeniously devised writing system…

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Korean 101

[Korean 101] It’s hot.

  It’s/I’m hot. 더워요. Deo-weo-yo.     Korean 101 is a part of the Arts & Crafts Korea website for customers interested in learning the Korean language. We won’t be able to offer in-depth language courses (please inquire with your local language institute for this!), but do plan to post simple and useful phrases that can be used in everyday life. We hope you find this section useful and feel free to comment with what you’d like to see posted! Please understand that we cannot respond to language-related questions.

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Korean 101

[Korean 101] I’m hungry.

  (I’m) hungry. 배고파(요). Bae-go-pa(yo).   If you’re speaking to a stranger, someone older or someone to whom you need to show respect then ‘yo’ is added at the end. If you’re speaking to friends or family, you can omit ‘yo’. (But, to elders such as grandparents, the honorific form is used to ‘yo’ should be added.)   Korean 101 is a part of the Arts & Crafts Korea website for customers interested in learning the Korean language. We won’t be able to offer in-depth language courses (please inquire with…

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Korean 101

[Korean 101] Summer has come.

  Summer has come. 여름이 왔네요. Yeo-reum-i wan-neyo.     Korean 101 is a part of the Arts & Crafts Korea website for customers interested in learning the Korean language. We won’t be able to offer in-depth language courses (please inquire with your local language institute for this!), but do plan to post simple and useful phrases that can be used in everyday life. We hope you find this section useful and feel free to comment with what you’d like to see posted! Please understand that we cannot respond to…

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