한국어를 읽을 수 있습니까?

Please don’t be put off by the strange “drawings” in the title. The question’s translation is “Can you read Korean?”, and is written… in Korean! The language uses the so called ‘Hangul’ script, which I often refer to as the simplest writing system in the Far East. Now, this article isn’t intended to be a beginners’ Korean lesson, especially due to the sorrowful fact that my knowledge of this beautiful language consists of no more than three sentences. However, I would like to introduce you to a special software using which you can easily learn the Korean writing system. When I first decided to learn the Korean alphabet (yes, it’s not a syllabary!), I spent quite a lot of time searching for the best free resource on the internet. Luckily, I found a software named Learn Hangul, which uses a unique technique to make the writing system memorisable. In addition to the program, I also recommend these practice sheets and this quiz if you would like to refresh your memory using a different type of resource. Believe me, learning the Korean alphabet is definitely worth the effort. It allows you to explore everything from a different perspective. Also, it may be quite useful in some cases. For example, if you see 강남스타일 written on a website, you automatically read the text as ‘Gangnam Style’ and have just enough time to click away before the video begins.

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