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The birth of Hangeul
The creation of new characters. The invention of new letters tried in the middle age, countering the universal rule that all language must evolve slowly over a long period of time.
Unlike English and French, Korean is a unique language that can be learned easily. One day is all you need to learn to read it. Hangeul is a very scientific and convenient communicating tool.
Hangeul was originally invented constituting 28 characters, but it has eventually evolved into 24 characters. It has taken root as the greatest Korean legacy and spiritual keynote. Hangeul is the best alphabet that all the languages have dreamed of.
Koreans invented the solely creative and amazing alphabetic writing system called Hangeul for their nation. Hangeul is the most scientific system of writing that cannot be found in any other country.
Westerners could not perfect phonology until the 20th century, but King Sejong the Great systematized it five centuries earlier. Hangeul is the best writing system of which traditional philosophy conjuncts with scientific theory.
Convenience of Hangeul
However, among phonograms, Japanese characters called Kana do not have consonants and vowels, but indicate a whole syllable instead.
Therefore it is impossible to write more number of syllables than the number of characters in Kana, making it difficult to transcribe diverse sounds. In addition, even the most developed letter among phonetic letter, the Roman letter from the west has limitation in the scribing and pronouncing each sound. Because one letter includes several different pronunciations.
On the other hand, Hangeul has only 24 letters(consonants and vowels) but it still can make every sounds in the world. After memorizing some consonants and vowels and learning some rules anyone can easily read any work in Hangeul. and pronunciation of almost every sounds in the world. Also the fact that one letter only one pronunciation makes Hangeul better than any other language in the world, including Chinese, Japanese and Roman letters.
Scientific principles of the invention of Hangeul
Also, its consonants are modeled after the vocal organs of human, while vowels are patterned after the shapes of sky, earth, and human, in other words, 'Cheon', 'Ji', 'In'.
Moreover, one of the most predominant natures of Hangeul is an addition of strokes to every letter. For example, a basic letter form 'ㄱ' can be read and used differently by adding one or two strokes, which results in 'ㅋ' and 'ㄲ'. These two variant sounds differ from the original and each makes aspirated and hard consonants. For these reasons, some scholars view Hangeul as the most advanced language system among phonetic symbols around the world.
"Hangeul is the most advanced phonetic writing in the world and is much more qualified than that of the ancient Rome at the same time."
Practicality of Hangeul
Especially, one research indicated that it takes 35% less time to type one letter on cell phone's Hangeul typing system compared to English. Nowadays, Hangeul does not confine itself on just characters; It is recognized for its beauty on artistic and cultural perspective, and is constantly expanding its usages.
Beyond Korea; Hangeul as everyone's heritage
Currently, about 5000 languages exist throughout the world; However, numerous languages used by minorities don't have their own characters which made their users unable to read or write. Korea is participating in wiping out world illiteracy, by spreading Hangeul(a language easy to learn and adaptable to their pronunciation and language) to minor races which don't have their own character.
This would success the King Sejong's will who wanted to eliminate illiteracy prevalent throughout ignorant people 600 years ago. Reducing inconvenience through eliminating world's illiteracy and teaching enough knowledge along with justice will eventually lead to a better world to live in. In this way, Hangeul has put down roots around the world and became a true legacy constantly affecting their lives.