Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th Oct 2013 23:54 UTC
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Happy Hangul Day! October 9th is a South Korean national holiday held in honor of the invention of the Korean writing system, which experts have called the most "scientific" (also "ingenious," "rational," "subtle," "simple," "efficient," "remarkable") writing system ever devised.

It's a bit outside of OSNews' regular stuff (although not unheard of), but as a language specialist myself, Korean, and Hangul in particular, has fascinated me for quite a while now. In contrast to other writing systems, which have developed over centuries - or millennia - without clear guidance, Hangul was more or less designed and set in stone 600 years ago, specifically for the Korean language. It is an absolutely beautiful alphabet, with a clear structure, and a unique way of organising letters - they are grouped in square morpho-syllabic blocks. To the untrained eye, Hangul may resemble e.g. Chinese characters - however, each 'character' actually consists of several letters.

Even though I'm not a programmer myself, Im pretty sure those of you who are will find Hangul fascinating. Due to its structured nature, it's incredibly easy to learn - I taught myself to read and write Hangul in a matter of days - and once you do take a few hours to grasp the basics, you'll surely come to appreciate its innate beauty and structure.

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RE: Comment by Berend de Boer
by terra on Sun 13th Oct 2013 09:11 UTC in reply to "Comment by Berend de Boer"
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Almost every alphabet is easy to learn. Anyone can pick up Greek/Hebrew/Cyrillic within some hours. That's the point of alphabets!

Unfortunately, that's only the start of learning a language, and by far the easiest bit.

I think you do not understand the point of easiness of Korean alphabets. The one of the strong points of Korean alphabets is that with only 24 letters you can describe virtually any sound you can make. And because each letter has exactly one sound denotes it, you do not have to know the pronunciation of a word before you could pronounce the word correctly. For example, in English many of the letters could be pronounced differently in each word. For Korean alphabets once you learn the letters and how it works, you can pronounce anything in Korean even if you do not understand the meaning.

Fortunately In Korean there are no such sounds like f, v, r or th so you canno describe those sounds in Korean alphabets. But in truth, f is linguistically equals to p, v equals b, r equals to l, and th equals to t.

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