This week we launched our 12th language for kids: Korean! And we couldn't be more excited. With so many languages to choose from, you may be wondering why your child should learn Korean. Here are a few reasons why Korean may be the right choice for your little one.
1. The Korean language is growing in popularity.
Korean is the sixteenth most widely spoken language in the world, spoken by more than 78 million people, according to Boston University.
As South Korea has become a bigger player in the world economy thanks to its technological innovation and popular culture, Korean language learning has been on the rise, particularly among younger people. Young adults are recognizing the growing opportunities in Korea and adopting the language to give themselves a leg up over the competition.
2. Korea has become a popular vacation spot. International tourists are increasingly realizing that Korea is a great country to visit for vacation. From checking out the dining and landmarks in Seoul to hiking in many of the beautiful mountains, Korea has become a major destination for world travelers.
And because the exchange rates are more favorable than in European countries, families on a budget can make the most of their trip.
3. The alphabet is easy to learn.
The Korean alphabet, Hangeul, is a phonetic alphabet with 24 letters and is very easy to read and write.
According to The Mezzofanti Guild, unlike Chinese and Japanese, it is not character-based. It is written from left to right and it has a unique way of organizing its letters into syllables where consonants and vowels are neatly arranged in blocks.
4. Korean phonetics are easy for English speakers.
Korean phonetics come easily to English speakers. Unlike Arabic and Hebrew, there are no guttural sounds.
Additionally, there are no tones like many other East Asian languages. In general, Korean is usually pronounced exactly the way it’s written--which is more than can be said for English, which contains many words that sound nothing like they appear.
5. Many Korean words are made up smaller, single-syllable words.
Many compound Korean words (especially ones that are derived from Chinese) are made up of single syllable words and you can usually take a rough guess at its meaning if you can recognize them. And if your child already knows Mandarin Chinese, it'll be even easier to start learning these words in Korean.
6. Learning Korean can be fun and easy.
Our new Korean program for kids makes it fun and easy for kids to learn. Built around fun, kid-friendly themes for ages 6 months to 6 years with language videos narrated by native speakers, kids can learn this increasingly popular language while being entertained at the same time.