Korean is the official language of both North Korea and South Korea. The genealogical classification of the Korean language is debated, as some linguists place it in the Altaic language family, while others consider it to be a language isolate. Furthermore, the Koreans borrowed a huge number of Chinese words, gave Korean readings and/or meanings to some of the Chinese characters and also invented about 150 new characters, most of which are rare or used mainly for personal or place names.

Map of Korean language speakers.
Map of Korean language speakers.

Basic stats

Total speakers:78 million

Main Countries: South Korea, North Korea, USA

Alternate names: Hanguohua, Hanguk Mal

ISO 639-3 Code: kor

Language Sample

Some proverbs in Korean:

호랑?는 죽으면 가죽? 남기고, 사람? 죽으면 ?름? 남긴다
When a tiger dies, it leaves its leather behind. When a person die, he/she leaves her name behind

?바닥으로 하늘? 가리려한다
Don't try to cover the whole sky with the palm of your hand

아는 길? 물어가?
Even if you know the way, ask one more time

Product Availability

The following products are currently available in Korean:

  • For Consumers

(Coming soon)


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