Question by Space Ghost: Why does the Korean language have both a native number system and one borrowed from Chinese?
Why? Why do they have the Chinese system as well when they have a perfectly working native one? That just screams out bad language planning to me.
Answer by Fasia
Dx That question makes me laugh so hard!
The Korean language was developed FROM the Chinese language. The simpler native language, Hangul, came later, for the lower class people. Koreans also use Chinese symbols when writing years and other everyday words.
Also, because of the way the certain parts of the language are, if separate number systems weren’t used, you would get maddeningly confused every time you asked a simple question like “What time is it?”
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