Korean is the official language of both Koreas: the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, with different official forms used in each nation-state. It is also one of the two official languages in the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture and Changbai Korean Autonomous County of the People’s Republic of China. Approximately 80 million people worldwide speak Korean in South Korea, North Korea, China, Japan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Russia.

Modern Korean descends from Middle Korean, which in turn descends from Old Korean, which descends from the language spoken in Prehistoric Korea (labeled Proto-Korean), whose nature is debated, in part because Korean genetic origins are controversial. Some linguists believe it to be a member of the Altaic family of languages. Grammatically Korean is very similar to Japanese and about 70% of its vocabulary comes from Chinese.

Chinese writing has been known in Korea for over 2,000 years. It was used widely during the Chinese occupation of northern Korea from 108 BC to 313 AD. By the 5th century AD, the Koreans were starting to write in Classical Chinese – the earliest known example of these dates from 414 AD. They later devised three different systems for writing Korean with Chinese characters.


The Korean alphabet was invented in 1444 and promulgated it in 1446 during the reign of King Sejong, the fourth king of the Joseon Dynasty. Even after the invention of the Korean alphabet, most Koreans who could write continued to write either in Classical Chinese or in Korean. The Korean alphabet was associated with people of low status, such as women, children and the uneducated. During the 19th and 20th centuries a mixed writing system combining Chinese characters and Hangeul became increasingly popular. Since 1945 however, the importance of Chinese characters in Korean writing has diminished significantly.


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Korean Proverb: 원숭이도 나무에서 떨어진다” – Even monkeys fall from trees

Meaning: People aren’t perfect; even experts can make mistakes from time to time.


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