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If you will only be here for a few days, don't even try... but if you have a year, that should be plenty of time to learn to read Hangeul characters if you are interested. Hangul was invented by King Sojong in the 15th Century as a way to simplify Chinese writing so all people could become literate. It certainly did simplify things! Instead of thousands of Chinese symbols Hangeul consists of only 24 characters, each with a distinct sound, just like letters in Western languages. When put together to create a syllable, the characters form a box, rather than a string of character as in English. A group of syllabic boxes is put together to form a word. Words are separated by an extra space between syllabic boxes.
The alphabet for the Korean written language is called Hangeul while the Korean spoken language is called Korean or Hangungmal.
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