“Because the speech of this country is different from that of China, it [the spoken language] does not match the [Chinese] letters. Therefore, even if the ignorant want to communicate, many of them in the end cannot state their concerns. Saddened by this, I have [had] 28 letters newly made. It is my wish that all the people may easily learn these letters and that [they] be convenient for daily use.”
These are the words of King Sejong the Great – a visionary beyond his years. He was responsible for the introduction of a simplified yet elegant alphabet for every day use by all his subjects. From a lowly peasant worker to an educated noble, a farmer or a doctor. The letters of Hangul 한굴- or symbols – demonstrate a certain austerity and balance not as readily detectable in other world languages, and certainly simplify the problems presented by the complexities of Cantonese or a similar language. As a student of Hangul – the author keenly appreciates the symmetry of these symbols – and the ease with which it can be applied to any other language. Unlike Latin, or Arabic or even English – Hangul is a truly adaptable language.
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