Korean is spoken by more than 78 million people. The number of Korean language learners has remarkably grown in the past few decades beyond the Korean peninsula; a growth due mostly to South Korea’s increasingly visible roles in the world economy, technological innovation, and global popular culture.
Korean can be considered the easiest to learn of the East Asian languages, although it does resemble Chinese and Japanese in structure, politeness rules, and borrows vocabulary. The grammar and phonetics of Korean are quite different from those of most European languages. The Korean alphabet, Hangeul, was originally invented by King Sejong in the 15th century. Hangeul is a phonetic alphabet with 24 letters and is very easy to read and write, which saves times and lessens confusion.