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This particular resource links to the Wikipedia entry on the Korean language. This entry contains loads of information for the curious reader as well as for the serious Korean language learner, including historical and linguistic data.
Use this resource to become familiar with the Korean language and its context in today's world, to discover facts and linguistic data about Korean and its many varieties, access further information about and resources for learning Korean, and much more.
Korean (한국어/조선말, see below) is the official language of both North Korea and South Korea. It is also one of the two official languages in the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture in China. There are about 80 million Korean speakers, with large groups in various Post-Soviet states, as well as in other diaspora populations in China, Australia, the United States, Canada, Brazil, Japan, and more recently, the Philippines.
The genealogical classification of the Korean language is debated. Many linguists place it in the Altaic language family, but some consider it to be a language isolate. It is agglutinative in its morphology and SOV in its syntax. Similar to the Japanese and Vietnamese languages, Korean language was influenced by the Chinese language in the form of Sino-Korean words. Native Korean words account for about 35% of the Korean vocabulary, while about 60% of the Korean vocabulary consists of Sino-Korean words. The remaining 5% comes from loan words from other languages, 90% of which are from English.