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Korean Language Course

The Oriental Dialogue – best known for making East-Asian languages simple and fun, has come up with a Korean Language Course!

The course will be a 30-hour fun-packed session and will cover all the essentials of the language like the Hangeul alphabet, Greetings, Everyday Situational Dialogues, Numbers, Days, Dates, Time, Conversations while buying things, travelling to a certain place, etc.

The learner will also be able to discover Korea through a brief introduction to its history, geography, culture and etiquette. He/She will get a complete idea of modern-day Korea. The course will also include clippings from K-pop songs and the Korean dramas.

About South Korea:

South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea is a country in East Asia, constituting the southern part of the Korean Peninsula. It is a developed country and a high-income economy, with a “very high” Human Development Index, ranking 18th in the world.  The country is the world’s 11th largest economy by GDP.

South Korea is a global leader in the industrial and technological sectors, being the world’s 5th largest exporter and 8th largest importer. It’s an export-driven economy, primarily focuses production on electronics, automobiles, ships, machinery, petrochemicals and robotics.

Korean Language:

The Korean Language is comparatively new and shares similarities with the Chinese and Japanese language groups. Borrowings from Indian and European Languages can also be found.

People of Korean began writing using Chinese Characters ( or Hanja) in ancient times. Due to difficulties with learning the classical Chinese characters, reading and writing were restricted to higher social classes for many centuries. In the Fifteenth century a team of scholars, assigned by King Sejong, a Korean ruler created a unique alphabet- Hanguel.

The 24 letters of the Hangeul alphabet are usually arranged in blocks for each syllable, which seems to resemble Chinese Characters. In reality, Korean syllables contain individual phonetically pronounced letters in a way similar to the Latin alphabet. Hanguel made it easier for the underprivileged to become literate. It became popular in the nineteenth century when Koreans started trying to shake off Chinese influences. The sound system of Korean consists of 21 consonants and ten vowels.

Because of the use of Chinese characters, there is a substantial quantity of loan words in the Korean vocabulary. More than half of the Korean words are Chinese-originated loan words. Even though Chinese load words and Korean-originated words have always coexisted, the Chinese load words came to dominate, erasing a lot of the native Korean equivalents.

‘Hallyu’ or the Korean Wave:

The Korean Wave (Hallyu) refers to the global popularity of South Korea’s cultural economy exporting pop Culture, entertainment, music, TV dramas and movies.

Hallyu is a Chinese team which when translated, literally means ‘Korean Wave’. It is a collective term used to refer to the phenomenal growth of Korean culture and pop culture encompassing everything from music, movies, drama to online games and Korean cuisine just to name a few.

South Korea is one of the few countries in the world, if not the only one, that has a dedicated goal to become the world’s leading exporter of popular culture.

Hallyu first spread to China and Japan, later to Southeast Asia and several countries worldwide where it continues to have a strong impact.

Hallyu has been a blessing for Korea, its businesses, culture and country image. Since early 1999, Hallyu has become one of the biggest cultural phenomena across Asia. The Hallyu effect has been tremendous.

Over the last Two decades, South Korea has become very rich and futuristic. In 1965, Korea’s GDP per capita was less than of Ghana. Today South Korea is the world’s 12th largest economy.

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