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‘Korean’ in Korean: How to Say Korean in Korean

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Korean in Korean

What made you to interested in learning the Korean language? For many people, it has to do with how unique the Korean alphabet that drew their attention to the language -ㄱ ㄴ ㄷ ㄹ ㅁ ㅂ ㅅ ㅇ ㅈ ㅊ ㅋ ㅌ ㅍ ㅎ – these unique characters makes learning the Korean language more interesting for sure. But first, you need to know how to say Korean in Korean!


How to Say Korean in Korean

Here is how to say Korean in Korean: 한글 [han-guel or han-gul]

It is important to note that 한글[han-guel or hangul] specifically represents the Korean written language. The Korean language in general is called 한국어 or 한국말 [han-guk-uh or han-guk-mal] which is directly translated to Korean language and speaking.

Sample Sentences 

한글 배우기는 매우 재미있다. [han-guel be-woo-gee-neun neo-mu jam-ee-it-dda]

learning Korean is very fun.

앨리스, 너는 한글을 아주 잘쓰는구나!  [Alice, neo-neun han-guel-ul ah-ju jal-sseu-nun-gu-na!]

Alice, you can write Korean very well!

선생님, 진수는 한국말을 잘해요. [Sun-seng-nim, jin-soo-neun han-guk-mal-eul jal-he-yo]

Teacher, Jinsoo speaks Korean well.

한글날 [han-guel-nal]

Korean Day

Try writing 한글with your friends and family. Try speaking 한국말 with your Korean friends and colleagues. Teach them the difference in 한글 (written Korean language) and 한국말 (speaking Korean language).

History of the Written Language

To give you a little bit of history, the alphabet was created by King Sejong in 1446 during the Chosun Dynasty (1393-1910). Initially, it was introduced as Hun-Min-Chong-Um, which can be directly translated into ‘the correct sound instruction for people in the country’. The goal was to make the entire Korean population literate.

King Sejong is known as one of the most influential people – if not the most important person – in Korean history. King Sejong is also featured in the 10,000 KRW bill – the most used bill in Korean money –  which goes to show how much he means to Korea and its long history.

Now that you know more about the Korean language and written Korean language, try explaining the difference of 한글 and 한국말 to your friends and family! Korea has a very long and interesting history, so there is always plenty to learn about and explore!

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