CLS Korean 한국어

The Korean Language

The Korean language, spoken by an estimated 73 million people on the Korean Peninsula, is a complex mixture of Chinese lexical influences and a unique native word and sentence structure. While Korean grammar shares many similarities with Japanese, Turkish and other agglutinative languages, no definitive genetic link has been established between Korean and other languages in the world, and the language's origin remains a heated topic of academic debate. Korean boasts the most scientific script in the world, Hangeul, which was designed by a team of royal linguists by order of the Korean king in the 1440s.

Following a period of unprecedented economic growth, South Korea today has emerged as one of Asia's powerhouse economies. Korea's advanced modern business landscape boasts some of the most widely recognized brands in the world, and the country remains at the forefront of international developments in science and technology. Korea also boasts a rich popular culture that has become an export commodity of its own right in the form of food, popular music, and film.

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Featured Alumni Profiles

Akshayaa Chittibabu
Korean 2017
Gwangju, South Korea
Paula Zhang
Korean 2017
Gwangju, South Korea
Marlena McDaniel
Korean 2016
Gwangju, South Korea
Sonia Kim
Korean 2016
Gwangju, South Korea

Korean Stories

Translating Comics for Health Education

By Jason Parad (Wonju, Korea ’13)As a participant in the 2013 CLS Program in South Korea, I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Jongwook Kim, one of the most esteemed physicians in Wonju City.Dr. Kim was also my CLS host father, and during our time toge... Read more

Department of State AEIF 2.0 Initiative

ECA’s Alumni Affairs Division has a new initiative called “AEIF 2.0.” As some of you may be aware, the Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) was created in 2011 to support alumni initiatives that promote shared values and innovative solutions to g... Read more