Facts about the Korean Language
Korean is the official language of the Republic of Korea (South Korea) and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea). But significant populations of Koreans in Brazil, Canada, China, Japan, Russia and the former USSR, as well as the United States, also count Korean as their heritage language, and some 75 million people worldwide speak Korean. Korean is an increasingly important language on the world stage because of South Korea’s powerful economy, geopolitical importance, and growing presence in Asian pop culture.
Most Korean speaking people use one of five major dialects, but the standard language is based on the speech of Seoul in South Korea.
Han’ gul, the Korean alphabet, consists of 14 consonants and 10 basic vowels. It dates back to the 15th century and is ingeniously designed for fast and efficient learning.
Why Learn Korean?
- Because you have a spirit of adventure. Learning Korean connects you to 75 million people worldwide. Here you can have a one-of-a-kind opportunity to dive into Korean culture and explore a new world.
- Because you want to prepare for your future. Knowing another language and appreciating other cultures—these are skills that last a lifetime. Whether your interest is world affairs, technology, business, or just broadening your mind, learning Korean at the Language Villages will leave you with knowledge and understanding that you’ll use again and again.
- Because you'd like to understand your past. Maybe your ancestors lived in Korea. Maybe you have family or friends of Korean heritage. Learning about Korean language and culture will give you a deep appreciation for your ancestors as well as for this ancient culture.
- Because you like having fun! Authentic Korean activities mixed with camping favorites such as canoeing, swimming, and marshmallow roasting, guarantee that every minute of your Sup sogŭi Hosu experience will be a treasured memory in the making.