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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

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Five Second Hanja (9) – hand – 손수

Posted in Five Second Hanja (Theme), Korean language by 노강호 on November 23, 2010

hand, 손수

The simple pictogram for hand.

 

Simply highlighting some of the important and simpler characters. For information on stroke order, radicals and the two elements of a character (spoken – meaning), I suggest you obtain a dictionary such as; A Guide to Korean Characters.

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Five Second Hanja (1) Big-Large (큰-대)

Posted in Five Second Hanja (Theme), Korean language by 노강호 on September 22, 2010

This character is very common and means big or large. Originally a pictogram, it is easily remembered as a representation of a person holding their arms outstretched, as you might do when telling someone how big something is.

(큰-대) Remove the outstretched arms and you're left with person (사람-인)

Found in restaurants, place names, rock inscriptions as such as well as Korean names.

Dae-gu大邱

Dae-chon大田

Dae-Han-Min- Guk (대한민국) – 大韓民國

Dae-Po – (artillery) – 大砲

This series of posts is not aimed to teach hanja, I am not in the least qualified for such a  task, but to simply highlight some of the important and simpler characters. For information on stroke order, radicals and the two elements of a character (spoken – meaning). I suggest you buy a dictionary such as; A Guide to Korean Characters.

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