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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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It's just too bad
by darknexus on Sat 12th Oct 2013 00:38 UTC
darknexus
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2008-07-15

that the language isn't nearly as easy as its alphabet. They never are, though.

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RE: It's just too bad
by woegjiub on Sat 12th Oct 2013 02:37 in reply to "It's just too bad"
woegjiub Member since:
2008-11-25

I dunno; memorising kanji has been the most frustrating part of learning Japanese for me, and I'm sure it would be even moreso for Chinese languages.

They're incredibly useful and beautiful after memorisation, but it seems to me that it takes much longer than grammar and vocab.

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RE[2]: It's just too bad
by darknexus on Sat 12th Oct 2013 13:54 in reply to "RE: It's just too bad"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

I dunno; memorising kanji has been the most frustrating part of learning Japanese for me, and I'm sure it would be even moreso for Chinese languages.

That's true, however, to be technical about it, Kanji as well as other Chinese character systems are not alphabets. They are picture-based writing systems, where by individual pictures represent individual concepts. An alphabet is a system of symbols that form one sound each in the case of traditional alphabets (though most have become more complex than that now), or one full syllable in the case of syllabaries. Hiragana and Katakana, for Japanese, would fall under this category. Hangul is interesting, as it's a hybrid of both. You form syllables with individual sounds (as you would in a traditional alphabet) and yet when used they form recognizable syllabic characters as well.

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RE: It's just too bad
by renox on Tue 15th Oct 2013 08:42 in reply to "It's just too bad"
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2005-07-06

that the language isn't nearly as easy as its alphabet. They never are, though.


Normal language no, but I've been told that Esperanto is very easy to learn, which isn't surprising as it was designed instead of the result of evolution/history.

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