Korean

The Korean Language

Korean (한국어/조선말) is the official language of the Republic of Korea and Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, with different official forms used in each nation-state; it is also one of the two official languages in the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture and Changbai Korean Autonomous County of the People’s Republic of China. Approximately 80 million people worldwide speak Korean.

The number of Korean citizens in Hong Kong is rather small. Approximately 23.1% of Koreans in Hong Kong work in the finance, insurance, real estate, or business services field; one of the highest proportions out of all ethnic minorities.

Tsim Sha Tsui’s Kimberley Street, a side street off of Kimberley Road, also boasts a small concentration of Korean restaurants and grocery stores owned by long-term Korean residents of Hong Kong, and has been dubbed Hong Kong’s “Little Korea” as a result.

The seed of Korean TV drama’s popularity was sown back in 2004-2005, when the Korean period drama “Dae Janggeum” was widely broadcast in Asian countries (Hong Kong included) with significant Chinese communities and became an instant great hit. Fast forward to about 2012, the phenomenon of what is now known as the Korean Wave (a.k.a. Hallyu)is already widespread across Asia. On top of TV dramas, Korean entertainment companies also started to export variety shows and music to other Asian countries and the world. It started with the singer PSY and his very memorable song “Gangnam Style”,  and his show business peers such as the likes of Big Bang, EXO or Girls Generation -just to name a few-  are very popular among the younger generation in Hong Kong until now. This export of music and TV programs, not only boosted the interest in Korean culture in general in our city, but as there is an continuous very high interest in Korean food as well as travelling to Korea, we at Excellence in Languages are also witnessing a steady uptrend in learning the Korean language.

Hence, we would like to welcome you in one of our Korean Courses.

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