The Korean Alphabet: An Introduction to Hangeul

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The Korean Alphabet: An Introduction to Hangeul

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The Korean Alphabet: An Introduction to Hangeul
The course The Korean Alphabet: An Introduction to Hangeul is an online class provided by Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) through Future Learn. It may be possible to receive a verified certification or use the course to prepare for a degree.

Discover the basics of Hanguel, the official alphabet and writing system of Korea dating back to the fifteenth-century.

Course description
  • Explore the Hanguel alphabet and start learning Korean
  • 4 weeks
  • Hanguel, also spelt Hangul or Han’gŭl, is the alphabetic system used for writing the Korean language.
  • Known as Chosŏn muntcha in North Korea, it consists of 24 letters including 14 consonants and ten vowels.
  • The name combines the ancient Korean word han (‘great’), and geul (‘script’). The word han is used to refer to Korea in general, so the name also means ‘Korean script’.
  • This course is an introduction to the basics of Hanguel including the principles and systems of consonants and vowels, as well as an exploration of the creation and use of Hangeul in a wider historical context.
  • Explore how Hangeul is different from the Roman alphabet, Japanese characters and other characters.
  • Investigate the creation, dissemination and the historical context of Hangeul.
  • Discuss the principles and systems of Hangeul consonants and vowels.
  • Experiment reading signs or names in Hangeul and experiment with writing words in your language in Hangeul.
  • This course is designed for students and teachers of Korean as well as anyone interested in Korean or alphabets from around the world.
  • Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU)
  • Sungkyunkwan University, founded in 1398 as the highest national educational institute in the early years of the Joseon Dynasty in Korea, has fostered leaders of Korean society for over 600 years.

Prerequisites & Facts

The Korean Alphabet: An Introduction to Hangeul

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University, College, Institution

Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU)

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Place of class

Online, self-paced (see curriculum for more information)



Degree & Cost

The Korean Alphabet: An Introduction to Hangeul

To obtain a verified certificate from Future Learn / Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) you have to finish this course or the latest version of it, if there is a new edition. The class may be free of charge, but there could be some cost to receive a verified certificate or to access the learning materials. The specifics of the course may have been changed, please consult the provider to get the latest quotes and news.
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