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[WAR Reason] Battle of the Languages: Korean vs Chinese

South Korea and The People's Republic of China are 2 extremely appropriate gamers on the worldwide phase. In the last years, they've risen to a leading position as technological innovators, ever-growing cultural influencers, and commercial powerhouses.

The increase of K-pop has actually inspired countless Young grownups and American teenagers to take Korean classes, either after school or as part of their college education. Inbetween 2013 and 2016, the number of college trainees taking Korean lessons increased by 14%.

On the other hand, China's commercial power has actually driven numerous young experts to see their future in this Asian nation. As a consequence, lots of (for example, the British Council, in its "Languages of the Future" report), present that Mandarin Chinese will be among the languages of the future.

In this post, we'll do a side by side contrast, examining Chinese vs Korean grammar, pronunciation, and composing. As a conclusion, we'll attempt to choose which language might be much easier for an English speaker to discover.

Composing Systems

Chinese logograms typically correspond to morphemes or syllables (the tiniest significant systems in a language). An extremely informed Chinese individual generally understands about 8000-- simply a portion of the language's 50,000 overall characters.

In this blog site, polyglot Steve Kaufman discusses that, when attempting to discover Chinese, he chose to start with the 1000 most typical characters. He utilized flashcards and training books for schoolchildren, to get utilized to these characters and find out how to compose them.

It's frequently suggested that those that discover language discovering a bit harder than skilled polyglots like Kaufman, ought to focus on discovering to acknowledge and check out these characters, over finding out how to compose them.

Korean, for its part, does not have characters representing morphemes or syllables, however, what we understand as letters. Each character amounts to a letter. The Hangul alphabet is far less overwhelming than its Chinese equivalent, with simply 24 phonemes: 14 consonants and 10 vocals.

Syntax & Grammar

Chinese grammar is much more simple and rigorous than its Japanese and Korean equivalents. On the other hand, Chinese sentences tend to have the Subject-Verb-Noun structure we're utilized to in English.

This is not the case for Korean, which has an even more complicated grammar that's extremely comparable to Japanese's.

Particles, honorifics, and conjugations (which figure out a word's function in a sentence) can make Korean grammar more difficult to comprehend.

On the other hand, Korean has "합성어 (hapseongeo)", substance words or word households.

As language-learning blog site "90-Day Korean" notes in their suggestions to find out Korean quick, a clear example can be discovered when we talk about languages. If we desire to turn "Japan" into "Japanese Language", we simply require to include the "어 (eo)" syllable. The "German Language" is "독일어 (dogireo)".


In both composing and pronunciation, Hangul has extremely comparable reasoning to what a native speaker of a Romance or Germanic language is utilized to.

Aside from the obstacle of figuring out how each Hanzi character sounds, we should not forget that Chinese has 4 modulations (and an additional neutral one). While Korean translation services companies must constantly have a high degree of familiarity with the language, a low-skilled Chinese translator or interpreter misinterpreting articulation might result in a catastrophe.

Chinese vs Korean: Which one's the most convenient to find out?

In conclusion, the Mandarin Chinese composing system is much more complicated than its Korean equivalent. Hangul is far much easier to discover than Hanzi.

While Chinese grammar is steady and rather foreseeable, Korean grammar has some additional layers of trouble. These obstacles can be gotten rid of by acknowledging patterns, which exist in Korean as in any other language.

On the other hand, Korean pronunciation is much more simple and foreseeable than that of the Chinese language, which includes tones that impact a sentence's intent and significance and might be difficult to master. While Mandarin Chinese has 4 tones, dialects such as Lukang Township Taiwanese have as lots of as 8.

Usually speaking, we may assert that Korean is simpler for an English speaker to discover than Mandarin Chinese. The United States Foreign Service Institute appoints Mandarin Chinese and Korean with the very same level of problem.

If you accept the obstacle of discovering one (or both) of these gorgeous languages, you'll find 2 fascinating and abundant cultures, satisfy brand-new individuals in the procedure, and possibly even get the expert chance of your dreams.

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