“One who learns language without learning culture ends up becoming a fluent fool.”
Fluent Fools is about the many sides of being Korean in the 21st century whether you’re living in the Peninsula, part of the global Korean diaspora, or even if you’re neither and learning Korean. We’ll try to fill in the gaps in the cultural understanding of our heritage.
In this podcast, we explore the language, society, culture, history, and current events happening in the Land of the Morning Calm and around the world as we continue on our quest to go from fluent fools to fluent Korean.
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One who learns language without learning culture ends up becoming a fluent fool.
In this episode, I speak with Dr. Young-Key Kim-Renaud, a theoretical linguist and Professor Emeritus at George Washington University, on King Sejong the Great and his invention, the Korean script.
Join us as we explore why even after more than a millennia of using Chinese characters to notate the Korean language, we needed our own writing system and how King Sejong went about to create it.
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