Click here for a workbook to go along with this lesson. Click here for a free PDF of all the lessons in Unit 0. The following videos are available to reinforce the concepts taught in this lesson: Syllable Practice 1 , 2 Dictation 1 , 2 , 3 Reading Practice. Without being able to read Korean, it is very difficult to continue studying other parts of the language.
Are you learning Korean but still find yourself struggling with the Korean writing system? The Korean alphabet is often said to be one of the most logical and easy-to-learn writing systems. I agree with that assessment. Before the present-day Korean alphabet, known as Hangul , the Korean language used Chinese characters. This changed in the 15th century when King Sejong the Great is said to have invented Hangul.
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Not only it will give you the confidence to carry on learning, but it will also help you read most written texts in Korean. For hundreds of years before Hangul was created, Koreans wrote using Classical Chinese characters which they called Hanja alongside other native phonetic writing systems. After all, even today, many people find Chinese and Japanese very difficult to learn because of their complex writing systems.