Many of us must have pondered a lot about why to learn Korean language?
So first of all, let’s talk about Korean culture and how it has gripped us without us even realizing. You must have danced to the beats of “Oppa Gangnam style” at least once in a club or at the wedding of your closed relatives. Did you know this song is a K-pop song, yes the same K-pop which has recently took the world by storm.
You must have heard BTS and Blackpink that are popular not only in Korea but throughout Europe and US as well as in India. If you are fond of movies and drama you must have heard about movie Parasite that won best film at Academy awards and the Squid game, a ruthless game where winner takes it all and the losers pays the price by their life.
Korean is currently the second fastest-growing language in the world, according to Duolingo’s 2020 “Year in Language” report, which was published in December 2020. While the Korean Wave, or Hallyu, has been sweeping across Asia for quite some time, it has taken off in the West only in recent years, leading to an unprecedented surge in the number of people learning Korean. For example, a study by the US Modern Language Association found that between 2006 and 2016, the number of US university students taking Korean language courses nearly doubled — the biggest increase for any language with at least 1,000 enrolled students. Most of the other languages included in the study saw a decline in the number of students over the same period.
However Korean language is not only associated with K-pop, K-movies and K-drama. Korean is a very scientific language with a logical script invented by King Sejong the Great in 15 th Century. Learning Korean will open a door to very unique culture of East Asia which even surrounded by two super powers of Asia i.e China and Japan.
Korean history has a very ancient and deep connection to India. In the 4 th century A.D., Princess Heo Hwangok, also known as Suriratna, became the wife of King Suro of Geumgwan Gaya at the age of 16, after having arrived by boat from a distant kingdom called “Ayuta “, making her the first Queen of Geumgwan Gaya. More than six million present day Koreans, especially from Gimhae Kim, Heo and Lee (Yi) clans, trace their lineage to the legendary Queen as the direct descendants of her 12 children with King Suro. Her native kingdom is believed to be located in Ayodhya, an ancient city in India. There is a tomb in Gimhae, South Korea, that is believed to be hers, and a memorial in Ayodhya, India.
Almost all the household in India uses a Korean product such as home appliances of LG or Samsung or a car from Hyundai or KIA. Through this you can see how Korea has become a part of our day to day to day lives.