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Learn Hanja the Fun Way!

Posted in Korean language by 노강호 on February 25, 2011

After my post (When Goggle was Gobble-Dee-Gook)  describing some of the developments that have taken place in the last ten years which now provide greater support for those interested in Korea and Korean culture, a post on a book on hanja designed specifically for the non-Korean student.

Fantastic! Learn Hanja the Fun Way

Learn Hanja the Fun Way, by Lee Yong Hee is extremely user-friendly and presented in a manner that introduces the student to the major radicals and links them to their pictographical roots. The remainder, and bulk of the book is focused on 50 theme based lessons covering topics such as numbers, days, people, the family through to the economy, university and globalization. At the end of each topic a passage is provided in Hangul which incorporates the hanja characters presented up to this point. The reading comprehension is of great benefit as it helps consolidate learning and provides an example of how hanja is used. The author has taken great care to ensure the Hangul isn’t too difficult to present yet another problem. Each topic is rounded of with a four character proverb from the famous Ch’on Cha Mwun, One Thousand Characters (천자문). At the end of the book is a useful section providing hanja for country names, Korean cities, surnames and antonyms.

a large soft back book slightly over A4 size.

This is the first book I have seen which is designed specifically with the non-Korean speaker in mind and along with Bruce K Grants, A Guide to Korean Characters, will allow you to master the 1800 characters used in South Korea.  All you need now is 20 years of study!

Learn Hanja the Fun Way (Chinese Characters for Foreign Learners), by Lee Young Hee (이영회), is available in most large book stores. I bought mine in Kyobo Books, Daegu. It costs 14000 Won and is published by Hangookmunhwa Sa (한국문화사).  ISBN 978-89-5726-232-0 13710.

Homepage: hankookmunhwasa.co.kr

Poor photo quality, sorry!

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  1. Malene said, on April 29, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    I’m very interested in this book.
    Do any know where I can buy it?
    Who will send to denmark ?

  2. Malene said, on April 30, 2011 at 12:01 am

    Ohh thank you for the answer (:
    But I have looked on Amazon.
    But there was only standing this on the page:

    “Currently unavailable.
    We don’t know when or if this item will be back in stock.”

    Hmm… ^ ^

    • Nick said, on April 30, 2011 at 12:18 am

      I suppose I could mail one to you. If you’re prepared to deposit the money in my Korean bank account, I can do that for you. I actually sent a copy of this to the UK yesterday, for a friend. The book cost 15.000 won, and airmail was 33.000 won though it will be a little cheaper as there was also a second smaller book. Airmail takes six days and by sea, 2 months at around half the price. If you are prepared to trust me I will forward one to you but it may be a little while before I am next at the book store where I can order it. Anyway, you can e-mail me with your address if you interested.

      Whatever I owe you, as it will be marginally cheaper than 48.000 won, I will reimburse you with hanja caligraphy pens etc.

      • Malene said, on April 30, 2011 at 3:37 pm

        I have it^ ___^

  3. COFRATECH said, on November 21, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    We have just released a hanja app for iOS with more than 4,000 characters searchable by writing, Korean reading, English or Korean meaning, stroke number or key. Flash Cards and rich appendices have been added.
    All details are here: http://cofratech.com/hanja
    An Android version will be released early 2013.

  4. Sellyn said, on October 19, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    Hey sorry:) i just wanna ask, where can i buy this book? I’m so glad if u leave me a reply.

    • 노강호 said, on October 21, 2017 at 8:07 pm

      I actually bought this book in Korea and don’t currently have a copy here for me to check publisher (I’m moving house). If you stay in contact I might be able to help you out. What country do you live in?

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