An AI conceptualization of ideas/symbols in a neo-Korean alphabet

Broadening Korean Linguistic Horizons: A Global Call (GPT4)

Communication is the heart of our interconnected world, and languages need to adapt to keep pace. To this end, it’s time we considered broadening the Korean alphabet, Hangul, by introducing new sounds—such as F, V, Th, and Sh—but, not only from English but also from other languages worldwide.

First, adding these sounds can enrich the way we express loanwords from different languages. For instance, the ‘F’ sound—common in languages from English to Arabic—would help Koreans pronounce words like ‘coffee’ or ‘falafel’ closer to their original forms.

Second, these sounds are not just about English—they’re used in many global languages. By adopting F, V, Th, and Sh, Hangul would be better equipped to articulate and understand words from a myriad of languages, fostering deeper international connections.

Lastly, languages are living, evolving entities. Just as English has integrated sounds and words from languages around the globe, Korean too can grow through this adaptive evolution. Incorporating F, V, Th, and Sh into Hangul would highlight the global influence on our language, signaling our readiness to participate more fully in the international linguistic community.

In conclusion, adding these sounds to Hangul could pave the way for enhanced global communication. It’s not about becoming more like English—it’s about embracing the sounds of the world. It’s a small step that could have a massive impact, opening up new avenues of understanding and expression for the Korean language.

This is a decision we should make together, as a community. We invite everyone to join the conversation and express their thoughts. After all, language is the voice of the people—it’s only right that we all have a say in shaping its future. This small step could open up new avenues of understanding and expression, ensuring that Korean continues to grow and thrive in our ever-evolving global landscape.


State of the Blog (this one) in 2023

It’s been a while since I’ve written here regularly, quite sad (though over the span of this 20+ year blog, perhaps even years is just a small life hiatus). Not like I haven’t been writing, but all too often, I end up worrying too much about making it readable and transition to private journaling instead where I don’t need to worry about it.

Thankfully, I’m not trying to sell a subscription, please advertisers, or run for high office, so at least for now, you’d think I’d I can say what I want, right? Alas, this hasn’t been true, perhaps ever, for me. Self-censorship has only gotten stronger it seems, as folks retreat to their curated social media lives on other platforms.

So, in the spirit of solving this problem, starting with this post, I’m just going to post more this year. Yes, there will be more rambly posts like this one but they will serve my core goals, they being:

  1. Practice, experiment, and grow my online voice
  2. Have fun expressing, writing, sharing thoughts in long form
  3. Express thoughts worth discussing
  4. Re-build a modern personal blog network
  5. At the end of the year (and at intervals throughout), reflect and determine what to do for 2024

Monthy posting is my cadence goal for now–no specific interval, topic, or agenda. I assume if you’re here and have read this far, you’re here because you want to know what I have to say. So–thank you, dear readership!

Onwards, 2023~!

Hello 2023!

I’m back in Naperville this week, my home through high school and a place I considered my coming-of-age hometown. Now, I consider Seattle my real adult coming of age town, but Naperville still holds an important place in my lifetime of memories.

There’s a lot of nostalgia here, even more so given how little things have changed. Entire miles of street are virtually identical to when I left some 15 years ago

One thing I don’t miss though is how COLD it is here in the winters (all temps in Fahrenheit): Brrrrrr!! I’m cold just looking at the forecast. So cold, that despite planning my commute into Chicago each day, I’ve so far ended up working from home. Not that I’m complaining.

Maybe I’ll go into Chicago tomorrow? We’ll see… till next time!