What is your motivation to learn Korean
7 good reasons to learn Korean
The decision to learn Korean is a personal one. Everyone has their own reasons for doing so and their own approach. Learning a foreign language can open the door to a new culture for you, connect you with people from distant countries, increase your chances in the job or just help you understand Kpop texts.
However, the reason for learning a language is more important than you initially think. The reason for learning Korean is often crucial to the success of your venture. The reason you learn Korean determines your motivation and how your brain processes and stores the information.
If you haven't found your reason to learn Korean yet, or at times doubt it, here are seven great reasons for you to learn Korean.
1. The Korean alphabet is the simplest alphabet in the world
The Korean alphabet Hangeul is logical. This is because it is the only writing system in the world invented specifically for a language. It is based on the sounds of the Korean language. It was only invented 500 years ago because until then the Chinese characters had been used for the Korean language, so there were too many illiterates and a writing system was needed that was better suited to the Korean language. Today Korea has one of the lowest illiteracy rates in the world. I have already told you in another article about the origins of Hangeul that my grandma can read and write even though she never went to school.
2. South Korea is a must-see country
Did you know that 70% of the Korean landscape is mountains? Or that Jeju Island in South Korea is one of the 7 new natural wonders of the world? Korea is definitely worth a trip. If you come from Germany or Austria, you can enter without a visa and the flights are also much cheaper than, for example, to Australia or South America, although Korea is also on the other side of the world. Life in Korea is fast and based on the latest technology, but much of Korean culture and tradition is also preserved. In addition, Korea is a food lover's paradise. As you can see, there are many good reasons to go to Korea, and a trip to Korea is another good reason to learn the Korean language.
3. Knowledge of the Korean language will increase your job chances
Even if we do not advocate learning or even studying the language for job prospects, because that is usually an illusion, knowledge of Korean increases your chances of getting a job. Korean is among the top 20 most spoken languages in the world with more than 75 million speakers. In addition, South Korea is an economic powerhouse that is no longer just emerging, but is already fully there. Companies like Samsung, Hyundai and LG are some of the largest in the world. And that after Korea was one of the poorest countries in the world after the Korean War and until the 1960s. And while more and more Korean people are learning and there are more and more Koreans living abroad and speaking foreign languages, the demand is growing relatively faster than the supply. If you are wondering whether you should study Korean at university, you can find information here about studying Korean Studies.
4. The Korean wave is in full swing
Many of my students start learning the Korean language because they discovered Korean music. Entertainment media are one of South Korea's largest export products. The Korean wave, also known as Hallyu, began in Asia in the 1990s and is slowly but surely reaching Europe as well. This not only includes Kpop, but Korean TV series and movies are also gaining popularity, as evidenced by the success of the 2020 film Parasite. Part of it has to do with the Korean government investing a large budget in training artists. There is no end to the Korean wave in sight and if you are already part of a BTS army or addicted to Korean series, you can take your experience to a whole new level by learning the language and maybe even about Korean culture learn.
5. Korean culture is unique
Not only is Korean an isolated language, but Korea has been an isolated country for a long time. Korean culture is therefore more exotic than that of many other countries. Of course, you can get to know Korean culture even if you don't speak the language. However, language is not just a means of communication; language is shaped by our culture and influences how we think and who we are. A simple example is that in Korean we always go from big to small. For example, the family name always comes before the first name, which has to do with the fact that belonging to the family and the place in society are very important in Korea. More important than the individual and so is thinking. But I get off the topic. In short, another great reason to learn Korean is to understand Korean culture better. Here is an article about things unique to Korea to get a taste of the culture and another reason to learn Korean.
6. Make more Korean friends
So Korean culture is very different from Western culture, and actually from all other cultures. This not only affects you, but also the Koreans around you. Koreans are impressed and grateful when someone learns their language. Most Koreans don't expect that. Speaking Korean can help break the ice when you first meet someone or strengthen your relationship with loved ones or Korean-speaking friends. Your friends and acquaintances will be happy to support you in your project and help you practice. One way to meet Koreans in your area or on the internet and improve your Korean in the process is through a language exchange. Read this article to find out how to find a Korean tandem partner and start a successful language exchange.
7. Korean is easier than you think
Korean is often cited as one of the most difficult languages in the world, but we believe you can learn it. Let's be honest. Any language that you want to learn properly takes time and energy. When Korean is said to be so difficult, it emphasizes the aspects of the language that are difficult, such as the particles or the politeness. However, nobody mentions in the same breath that there are few exceptions in Korean, there is no need to pay attention to gender, verbs are not conjugated depending on the person and the alphabet is the simplest in the world. So we think Korean is as easy or difficult to learn as most other languages, and the difficulty is not a reason not to learn Korean.
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