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2006 October 6 Friday.

No classes until 15:00 today, so I had a lot of time to sit down and learn how to read and write some more Korean. 

I have been listening to the CDs a lot recently, so the sounds are firmly planted in my mind.  Now, when I sit down with the textbook open and a pencil in my hand, it is quite easy to learn how to read and write the sounds that I already know very well. 

One thing that I really like about the Korean language, is that it uses an alphabet called HanGul to write the sounds of the spoken language.   Once you learn the basics of the alphabet, you can make rapid progress in learning to read and write the language.

In fact, because HanGul was only invented and made public in about 1446, it is a relatively new writing system and may be the newest in common use on such a wide scale.   Not only that, but the shapes of the 10 basic vowels and 14 basic consonants still in use today, are all based upon the shapes and/or positions of the mouth, tongue, teeth, lips and throat when producing those sounds. 

A very logical formulation.   Anyway, the shapes of the letters are very simple and easy to write, making it an ideal language for young children to learn very easily.   After I was finished teaching straight classes of spoken and written English from 15:00 until 20:00, I went out for another walk along the river banks. 

Tonight the air was full of the smoke from fires that the farmers had set to burn off the chaff from their harvests in their fields.  Not only was the air a bit foggy looking, but it smelled wonderful.   This is the true feeling of autumn.  Enjoy it while it lasts.

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