More Foreigners Learn Korean

      March 23, 2015 10:10

      The enthusiasm for Korean pop music and television has prompted more people worldwide to try and learn the language.

      As of November last year, 1,111 primary and secondary schools in 26 countries taught Korean as an extracurricular subject, according to the Education Ministry.

      Some 93,144 students overseas are learning Korean. The number of youngsters who study Korean as a second foreign language or an extracurricular subject has risen 62 percent since 2010, when 57,464 students learned the language at 540 schools worldwide. Thailand has the most with 24,065, up from a mere 1,672 in 2010.

      Further afield, three schools in the Netherlands also offer Korean classes, as many as in Vietnam. In Australia and New Zealand the number of increased 26.7 percent.

      But in Japan numbers are dwindling as relations between the neighbors have chilled. The number of Japanese primary and secondary school students learning Korean plunged from 26,153 in 2010 to 17,718 in 2014.

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