The Korean language is so much more than K-pop, Gangnam style and Kimchi and can offer many different opportunities for your career, your brain or just to expand your horizon. Korean is the 22nd most spoken native tongue in the world and according to Ethnologue in 2020 spoken by 80 million people. These 80 million people mainly live in South and North Korea (obviously) and in China, Japan, the US and other parts of the world.
Even though Korean isn't one of the most popular languages, like French or Japanese, South Korea is a booming economy, the sixth largest exporter and among the top 15 economies of the world. If you were looking to enter into the export/import industry, Korean may be relevant to you as in 2021, it is the 12th most prosperous economy worldwide. Many career options exist in industries as diverse as steel, textiles, car manufacturing, electronics, technology, the Korean entertainment Industry, hospitality, R&D, tourism, semiconductors, finance, shipbuilding, and government. Some well known companies such as Hyundai, LG and Samsung are well known Korean companies recognised around the world. If you were looking to improve your job prospects in any of these areas, (obviously if you have the right academic qualification and experience) knowing Korean will definitely set you apart for employment opportunities.
South Korea is a friendly, welcoming destination with a rich history, beautiful locations with many traditions and customs to explore. Its definitely something to explore and experience and add to your bucket list! From picturesque nature, quaint villages, old-age temples, magical parks to modern Seoul, sunny beaches in Busan, the amazing mountains of Jeju-do, the historical museum of Gyeongbokgung palace, the tourist destinations lists are pretty much endless!
Language and culture are interwoven in South Korea and it is impossible to learn a new language without understanding its culture. South Korea is both a modern and deeply traditional country where its culture has progressed over numerous centuries and a place where you can explore exceptional traditions with a vibrant history. When you put effort into learning Korean, it not only shows them you value their culture but shows your appreciation towards them for those who put respect higher than anything.
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