It is also spoken in parts of Sakhalin , Ukraine , and Central Asia. Historical and modern linguists classify Korean as a language isolate ;    however, it does have a few extinct relatives , which together with Korean itself and the Jeju language spoken in the Jeju Province and considered somewhat distinct form the Koreanic language family. The linguistic homeland of Korean is suggested to be somewhere in Manchuria. Modern Korean descends from Middle Korean , which in turn descends from Old Korean , which descends from the Proto-Koreanic language which is generally suggested to have its linguistic homeland somewhere in Manchuria. Both had influence on each other and a later founder effect diminished the internal variety of both language families. Chinese characters arrived in Korea see Sino-Xenic pronunciations for further information together with Buddhism during the Proto-Three Kingdoms era in the 1st century BC. It was adapted for Korean and became known as Hanja , and remained as the main script for writing Korean through over a millennium alongside various phonetic scripts that were later invented such as Idu , Gugyeol and Hyangchal.
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Home News Alphabets Phrases Search. The relationship between Korean and other languages is not known for sure, though some linguists believe it to be a member of the Altaic family of languages. Chinese writing has been known in Korea for over 2, years. These systems were similar to those developed in Japan and were probably used as models by the Japanese. The Idu system used a combination of Chinese characters together with special symbols to indicate Korean verb endings and other grammatical markers, and was used to in official and private documents for many centuries. The Hyangchal system used Chinese characters to represent all the sounds of Korean and was used mainly to write poetry. The Korean alphabet was invented in and promulgated it in during the reign of King Sejong r.
If you're not familiar with Asian scripts, the written form of Korean, Japanese, and Chinese may look the same to you. It is true that Chinese characters are sometimes used in both Korean and Japanese writing. However, the 3 scripts used for these 3 different languages are quite different. If you learn to notice special character shapes and text formatting, you should be able to distinguish between Chinese, Japanese, and Korean writing, even if you can't read any of them. Tip: Chinese characters aren't common in modern Korean writing.