Hangeul Day

Opinion

On Oct. 22, a Hangeul day event was held in the library during lunch. Lots of students had a chance to write their name in Korean using the packet I made for them. Hangeul Day was made to celebrate King Sejong’s (1397-1450) invention of Korean language, which is called Hangeul.

After the events, there were five winners, who were announced during the assembly. The winners were Serafina Squatrito (Form 4), Stella Risinger (Form 4), Mckenzie Campbell (Form 3), Natalia Correa (Form 4), and Charlotte Eberle (Form 3).

Hangeul is very scientific for several reasons. First of all, the letters of the languages are all the shape of our mouth when we pronounce the letter. When we pronounce “ge,” our shape of mouth naturally changes into ‘ㄱ’ , and when we pronounce “o,” the mouth changes into “o,” which is the Korean letter. Also, we are able to write any pronunciation by mixing consonants and vowels.

When students started writing their name in Korean the first time, it was not easy for them. However, as they started to understand the basics of the language (how it sounds and how each letter is structured) they wrote their names easily.

Also, some students gained an interest in Korean, so they tried to write their favorite words such as love and promise. Students were surprised that they could write any word they wanted by mixing consonants and vowels.

Lastly, Hangeul is very efficient. It is very easy to convert on a computer. Hangeul has 14 consonants and 10 vowels, for a total of 24 letters. This helped me a lot since the structure in the keyboard was easy to learn. At KO, it was my first time using the computer for classes, and I was quite worried that I would type words slowly. However, when I looked at the keyboard, the number of letters in Hangeul (+2) and English were the same, which made me convert the two languages quickly. When I write notes in English and try to add extra explanations in Korean, it is so easy since the right side of the keyboard was vowels, and the left side of the keyboard is consonants.

This event was very important to KO since it taught about a different culture that students did not know a lot about. When I first came to KO, I was surprised that I was the only Korean in this school, and wanted to introduce my culture through creative events. Thinking and planning an event about Korea, I made up the idea of a Hangeul Day event.

The event introduced students to Korean culture and Korean language. When students did a survey on Korean culture, students started finding Korean culture, and asked me about its languages.

Through this survey during the event, they got interested in Korea. Lots of international students also participated in the event. After they learned how to write Korean, they were proud that they are able to write in three languages. I would like to hold the event every year, and have the opportunity to introduce country’s culture. Since lots of students participated and got interested in a new language, Korean, I would love to hold the event with other students next year.