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Learn how to remember Chinese characters easily by knowing their meaning.

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"Long live Classical Chinese"

Koreans show their support for the regularisation of Chinese character education.

The Use of Chinese Characters in Written Korean

According to Steven S. Bammel, there are three main reasons why Chinese characters are used in Written Korean.

Hanja Word of the Month

Learn how to write the Hanja Word of the Month, 편지지.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

0156 - 集[집] - 모으다 - assemble, collect together

The Story [이야기] :

  • This character originally showed the picture of three short-tailed birds 隹 gathering or assembling on top of a tree 木.  The present character only shows one bird 隹 on top of a tree 木.  Maybe the other two birds are just late for their daily assembly.

Monday, September 22, 2014

0155 - 計[계] - 세다 - plan, plot; strategem; scheme

The Story [이야기] :

  • This character means "to count/to reckon/to calculate" and by extension, "to plan/to plot/to scheme".  A child must learn how to count from one to ten 十 by clearly speaking out 言 all the numbers.  In this way, the child is able to learn how to calculate and plan.
  • If one's speech 言 is perfect 十, she can set up a stratagem easily to deceive people.  Carefully counted and calculated 十 speech 言 makes up a decent stratagem.

0154 - 會[회] - 모이다 - to assemble, meet together; a meeting; an organization

The Story [이야기] :

  • This character is made up of "to gather" 亼, "window" 囪, and "to speak" 曰.  Three princesses gather together 亼 and form an organisation.  Their headquarters has many windows 囪 and they meet there monthly to speak 曰 and talk about their lifestyles as princesses.
  • This character can also mean "accounting" and "chance/opportunity" among others.  The three princesses, after doing some accounting, gather up 亼 their money and build a certain palace in France with many windows 囪.  The whole world has been talking about 曰 the said palace.  Many want to have the opportunity to visit the palace and the three princesses.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

0153 - 社[사] - 모이다 - god of the soil and altars to him; group of families; company, society

The Story [이야기] :

  • 示 means "a god/a spirit".  All the spirits 示 gathered together on earth 土 and formed a certain famous fast food company.  The CEO of this fast food company is part of a secret society.
  • The character 社 can also mean "a god of the earth / soil".

0152 - 公[공] - 공평하다 - fair, equitable; public; duke

The Story [이야기] :

  • 厶 is the picture of a silkworm coiled in its cocoon, which is kept secretly and privately for personal use because of the silk that it can produce which is very profitable in trade.  However, if we divide 八 and distribute the silkworms to the public, then all is fair and equitable.
  • Something private 厶 when divided 八 and distributed becomes public.
  • A person wrapped in silk 厶 who goes public 八 is called "the duke".

Friday, September 19, 2014

0151 - 注[주] - 붓다 - concentrate, focus, direct

The Story [이야기] :

  • This is a pictophonetic character.  "Water" 氵 suggests the meaning, while 主[주] suggests the sound.  This character can mean "to concentrate/to focus one's attention or mind into something", but can also mean "to pour/concentrate/focus a certain liquid or gas into a container".
  • The lord 主 pays attention to the spilt water 氵 on the ground so that she will not slip.  
  • The lord 主 concentrates and pours 氵 some tea in her cup.
  • The character 注 can also be used to mean "to make an annotation", but the character 註 is more often used for this purpose.