Okay I'll try and word this best I can with the limited knowledge I have. I have tried to read about the development of hangul on wikipedia but it doesn't really put how it happened in perspective, just says very vague things such as "Korean language originally used Chinese Hanzi..." So my question is. First of all, we have Korean language with no written system just the spoken. Then they take the Chinese characters... how? Do they take the symbols randomly for there own use? Do the symbols in fact have the same meaning between languages but Koreans assigned their own language (sounds) to each symbol... I am just trying to figure out how it worked. Then how did this become Hangul... did they make an alphabet which worked around the sounds for each word and then rewrite each in this... I hope you understand what I'm trying to ask, I just don't understand practically how this happened. Cheers.