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[8]: No.
by jal_ on Mon 14th Oct 2013 14:08 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: No."
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Just out of curiosity, which ones are obviously worse?

I'd expect it to be something that has existed in a written form for a long time, preferably in a fairly stable culture (since that probably has a conserving effect on the spelling)


Danish is an example often cited of a language that is slightly (or very much, depending on the source) worse than English, but the prototypical one seems to be Tibetan, which indeed has existed in written form for a long time. French could be another example, but that has a fairly regular ortography-to-pronunciation correspondence (though pronunciation-to-ortography is a nightmare, far worse than English).

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