Korean is an increasingly important language on the world stage because of South Korea’s powerful economy, geopolitical importance and growing presence in Asian pop culture. Most Korean-speaking people use one of five major dialects, but the standard language is based on the speech of Seoul in South Korea. Korean is relatively useless because Korean speakers tend to make effort to learn other languages of worldwide significance. You will find Korean very interesting for its connection to Chinese and Japanese. In fact, learning Korean will help to improve your understanding of Chinese and Japanese too, since neither are your native languages. Whether learning Korean would be useful depends wholly on you. If you are planning to immigrate to Korea then learning Korean is of the utmost importance. Furthermore if you are going to marry a Korean person it is only natural that you would bother to learn Korean for the sake of your partner and your family-in-law as it is respectful. Those are of course the no-brainer reasons when Korean is obviously useful.
However, if you are planning to get into importing-exporting business learning Korean can be useful and set you apart in a niche of the importing-exporting industry. Everyone knows English, but people always prefer to talk into their native language, Koreans are no different. Plenty of people are hired in that industry for knowing the native language of business partners, but also the cultural subtleties within those countries. If your goal is to then specialize in Korean, learning Korean will set you apart from everyone else.
It’s for you to decide whether you want to learn Korean or not but if you are looking for some reasons to motivate yourself, here you are:
- Korea is the 13th largest economy in the world and Korean is spoken by nearly 80 million people. Knowing Korean can provide you good opportunities in terms of education, employment or business.
- You can enhance your Korean drama, movies and KPOP experience. Of course you can enjoy them with English subtitles but there are so many subtle nuances and emotions that are lost in translation.
- Korean is easy to learn. In fact you can learn the Korean alphabet Hangeul in 1–2 hours and start reading and writing Korean.