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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[2]: No.
by maccouch on Mon 14th Oct 2013 13:09 UTC in reply to "RE: No."
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If we were seriously to make an effort at a "standard" world language, though, I'd favour lojban ("logical language") rather than Esperanto. If we're gonna change languages, as the Koreans did, we might as well follow their lead and switch to something designed to be logical and easy to learn.

You should probably read a bit about Esperanto though. It **is** designed to be logical and easy to learn.

And in fact it is. Also, even though it simply uses the latin alphabet it also has the "one char -> just one sound" feature and the easiest part of esperanto is to learn how to read and pronounce correctly. it's always the same, and after a bit of classes you can pretty much read any text, no matter how complicated it is, even if you don't really understand it.

The most interesting fact, for me, in Esperanto, is how you can pretty much construct a word*, that has a specific meaning and everyone can understand its meaning, even though it doesn't really make any sense in the real world.

* due to the root and suffix/prefix combination/mechanics.

Edited 2013-10-14 13:09 UTC

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