Fact corner

  • Language: Korean
  • Alternate names: HANGUOHUA, HANGUK MAL
  • SIL-code: Ethnologue:kor
  • Language family: Isolate
  • Number of speakers: 78,000,000
  • Script: Hangul


Korean is the official language of Korea, both South and North. It is also one of the two official languages in the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture in China. There are about 78 million Korean speakers worldwide.

There is a difference of opinion among scholars as to whether or not Korean is related to Japanese. Some scholars suggest that both languages are possibly distantly related to Altaic. Dialect boundaries generally correspond to provincial boundaries. Some dialects are not easily intelligible with others.

The verb

Korean verbs are divided into

  • action, dynamic, or processive verbs (동사, tongsa, 動詞) and
  • descriptive or stative verbs (형용사(形容詞), hyeong-yongsa, "adjectives"))

Verb Conjugation

Verb conjugations depend upon the

  • verb tense, aspect, mood, and
  • the social relation between the speaker, the subjects, and the listeners.

Sample verbs


  • Seok Choong Song. 201 Korean verbs fully conjugated in all the forms. Barron's Educational Series. New York. 1988.


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