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Ms. Christina Meagher

January 30, 2017

Hangul, the
word of consideration

Topic: Hangul

Ratings: Informative, Beautiful

Description: People these days
forget the importance of the language that they are using in daily life. And
people might have thought what is the best/easiest language to learn. The
answer is hangul from South Korea. Jun Seok Kim from South Korea will go deep
with Hangul how scientific it is, why is it the easiest language to learn. 

Script :

everyone, have you ever wonder who created the language that you speak, and
when was is created? And the answer is no one knows. There are over six thousand
languages spoken around the world, only 1% have their own writing. None of the
languages in the world have a record of when it was created and who created
them but one. It is not English alphabet, it is not Chinese hieroglyphics
letters. It is called hangul from little country Korea in Asia. Hangul is a
Korean writing system with 14 consonants and 10 vowels. Before 1940, us Korean
did not know how our language was created, who created our language and why it
was created. But in 1940 a book, “HunMinJungUm” that contains the creation of
Hangul, was found in Korea, and its superiority and scientific characteristics
have been revealed to the world. Completed in 1443 by King Sejong the Great, it
is the last alphabet created in history and the only alphabet made by man where
the linguistic theories, motivation, date of invention and inventor have been
perfectly documented. Many celebrated scholars have been showing so many
interests in hangul and admire it. Why are they showing interests in a writing
system in a small country Korea?

First, King
Sejong the great who made Hangul, tried to contain the meaning of the universe
and tried to make the language system that can pronounce every single sound in
the world. Hangul contains 24 letters with 10 vowels and 14 consonants and the
beautiful part of it is that people can make 11172 different sounds with those
24 letters. This is the most sounds that one language can make in the world by
far. But how is it scientific and superior to the other writing system? Let’s
compare Hangul to the other writing systems. There is ideogram which is a
letter like Chinese characters. Each letter has a meaning so that, people have
to memorized thousands of letter’s shapes and meaning of letters to use this
writing system. Another one is a syllabic character which is the letter like a
Japanese Hiragana and Katakana. In this writing system, each word has a sound
but in order to use this system, there have to be many words and most
importantly vowels and constants are not separated. Then there is an alphabetic
writing system. Which is using alphabet and vowel and constants are separated.
Now there is the featural alphabet, which is Hangul. It is a shape of an
alphabet shows its characteristic of sound and it is possible to assume how a
letter sounds like just by looking at it. Also, each letter only have one
pronunciation. let me show you how each letter was created and how it is unique
to others. First, there are 14 consonants. Alphabets began as pictographs as a
representation of everyday object but these new letters were an iconic model
after the human speech organs. Frist, there is “gu’ the g sound. When you
pronounce “gu”, the base of the tongue blocks the throat. That is what the
Korean G looks like. Nu is the sound of letter n. The tip of our tongue is
raised towards our upper teeth and that is what the Korean n looks like. “mu”
the sound of letter M was modeled after our mouth. As we make the sound “su”
the sound s. this range of sound relies heavily on our dental organs. So it is
shaped like our interlocking teeth. Lastly, “Ou” our throat opens and the
Korean O takes the shape of the throat. These are the five basic and softest
consonants of hangul. The remaining consonants are created by adding extra
strokes depending on the intensity of the sound.

And there
are 10 vowels. If the consonants are grounded in linguistic and science, we
find something very different in the vowels. Namely the philosophy of the
universe. The vowels are based on the trinity of heaven earth and men. The
round heaven, the ground beneath the skies, people who walked on the earth.
These are the three basic vowels. Others were made by placing the round dot
above or below a horizontal line and the left and right of the vertical line.
The vowels, therefore, represent the harmony of heaven earth and men. Hangul is
a language of science.

In the
15th century, no one felt the need to find illiteracy. No one cared indeed, it
was considered dangerous to play something as politically important as wiring
in the hands of the masses. According to the Royal Annals, well-known for their
integrity and open criticisms of the government, king Sejong worked ceaselessly
for the benefit of his people, sleeping only three to four hours a day working
seven days a week.  During his reign, he
was diagnosed with over hundred different conditions caused by stress and work.
As he continued with hangul, his constant reading caused irreparable damage to
his eyes and he became all but blind. Why did king Sejong go to such
extraordinary length to create hangul? He had witnessed many instances when the
uneducated had to suffer, miscarriage for justice as they could not read the
law or put their appeal in writing. Chinese characters were too difficult for
the public and illiteracy was very high wherever they were in use. The selfless
sacrifice of one man which has left him all but blind, opened the eyes of
countless other to this day. Till this day, his invention continues to be a
beacon of light illuminating people without an alphabet of their own. Hangul is
the language of consideration.  

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