Korean language factsheet

Written on 23 September, 2022

Korean is an East Asian language and the national language of both North and South Korea with different standardized forms used in each country.

Five interesting facts about the Korean language:

1. Korean has around 76 million native speakers making it the 17th most spoken language in the world.

2. Korean has its own script called Hangul, which was created in the 15th century by King Sejong the Great.

3. There is a national holiday in honour of the language, which is celebrated on the same day for both North and South Korea.

4. Korean is one of the world’s oldest living languages with links to Japanese, Chinese and Tibetan.

5. Koreans often say ‘our’ or ‘we’ instead of ‘my’ or ‘me’. The practice is rooted in Confucian traditions and communal values.

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