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Korean Language – Hanguk mal

The language of Koreans is called hanguk mal. More from Wikipedia: Korean (한국어/조선말, see below) is the official language of Korea, both South and North. It is also one of the two official languages in the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture in China. There are about 78 million Korean speakers worldwide. In the 15th century a national writing system was commissioned by Sejong the Great, the system being currently called Hangul. Prior to the development of Hangul, Koreans used Hanja (Chinese characters) to write for over a millennium. The genealogical classification of the Korean language is debated by a small number of linguists. Most classify it as a language isolate[2] while a few consider it to be in the Altaic language family.[3] Some believe it to be distantly related to Japanese-Ryukyuan. The Korean language … Read entire article »

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Happy Lunar New Year!

In Korean it’s say hay boke mani padusayo.  Happy New Year! Read more below (from Wikipedia): Lunar New Year refers to the beginning of the year in several calendars. It is commonly assumed that they are all based on a lunar calendar, although some are actually based on a lunisolar calendar. These new year celebrations sometimes fall on or near the same day of the Gregorian year: * Chinese New Year * Japanese New Year (before 1873) * Korean New Year (Seollal) * Tết, Vietnamese New Year * Losar, Tibetan New Year * Tsagaan Sar, Mongolian lunisolar new year Chinese New Year, Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. It is commonly called “Lunar New Year”, because it is based on the lunisolar Chinese calendar. The festival traditionally begins on the first … Read entire article »

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Korean Waves Welcome

The KoreanWaves.com website provides a place to learn, engage others, and see what events are happening related to Korean culture, language, food, sports, music, film, and more. This is our first practice quiz, and it may be one of the fastest Korean quizzes out there! 1. How fast can you speak Korean? What’s Korean? Slowly A little bit faster than slow Almost too quickly to be understood 2. If you were asked what is kamsahamnida, you would say…? I’ve never been to that country oh, thanks thanks – formal … Read entire article »

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