Date 2020-02-17 Viewed

The Korean alphabet, Hangeul is a phonetic alphabet with 14 consonants and 10 vowels. It is the world’s most scientific writing system and is surprisingly easy to learn. A little bit of Korean goes a long way. Within your first couple of weeks in Korea you will no doubt develop a list of key phrases which gets you through your daily life in Korea – how to order food and drinks, how to direct a taxi driver to where you want to go, how to tell your students to sit down (actually most schools prefer teachers not to use Korean in their classroom!).

On a day to day basis you are likely to use mostly English. Learning Korean is not essential for daily life in Korea. It is possible to live very well in Korea without knowing much Korean at all. However, learning Korean deepens your understanding of Koreans and their culture. It affords you the freedom to go where you like, do anything you want and it allows you to make the most of your time in Korea.

Learn to read the Korean alphabet in 30 minutes with Charm Lee.

There are several online programmes for learning Korean. Sogang University’s Korean Program is particularly good because you can listen to each lesson and check your pronunciation.