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Thursday, February 13, 2014

0150 - 住[주] - 살다, 거주하다 - reside, live at, dwell, lodge; stop

The Story [이야기] :

  • This is a pictophonetic character.  "Person" 亻 suggests the meaning, while 主[주] suggests the sound.  Whenever a person 亻 takes up residence, she then becomes the lord 主 of the house.
  • Whenever a person 亻 takes up residence, she looks for a well-lit place and area 主.

0149 - 主[주] - 임금 - master, chief owner; host; lord

The Story [이야기] :

  • A king 王 with the mandate from heaven ' is the lord of the palace.
  • This character shows the picture of a magic jade lamp 王 that is lit a small fire '.  The master/owner of the magical lamp 主 is Aladdin. 

0148 - 植[식/치] - 심다 - plant, trees, plants; grow

The Story [이야기] :

  • This is a pictophonetic character.  "Tree" 木 suggests the meaning, while 直[직 → 식] suggests the sound.  If one plants trees properly, the trees 木 will grow vertically upright 直.
  • If the meaning is "to set something in its place", 치 is used.

0147 - 休[휴/후] - 쉬다, 휴식하다 - rest, stop; retire; do not!

The Story [이야기] :

  • This character shows a person 亻 taking a rest beside/underneath a tree 木.
  • If the meaning is "to make something warm", 후 is used.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

0146 - 紙[지] - 종이 - paper

The Story [이야기] :

  • This is a pictophonetic character.  "Silk" 糹 suggests the meaning, while 氏[씨 → 지] suggests the sound.  The character 氏 means "clan".  It is the picture of a girl statue which was made in honor for the first mother of the clan.  The common people 氏 write on paper/silk 糹 while the royal court write on bamboo ⺮.

0145 - 問[문] - 묻다 - ask (about), inquire after

The Story [이야기] :

  • This is a pictophonetic character.  "Mouth" 口 suggests the meaning, while 門[문] suggests the sound.  One day, a beautiful mouth 口 visited the Queen's Castle and it was halted at the door 門 by the guards.  "What is your purpose here?", she was asked.  The mouth replied, "As you can see, I'm a mouth 口 and I'm here to ask some questions.  In particular, I want to inquire and ask what kind of lipstick the Queen is using." 

0144 - 算[산] - 셈 - count, calculate, figure; plan

The Story [이야기] :

  • This character shows the picture of a calculating device/tool 具 made from bamboo ⺮, similar to an abacus.
  • This character shows the picture of a calculating device/tool made from bamboo ⺮ and jade 目/玉, and two hands 廾 counting from one(1) to twenty(20).

0143 - 心[심] - 마음, 뜻, 의지 - heart; mind, intelligence; soul

The Story [이야기] :

  • This character shows the shape of the Backstreet Boys' Heart.  The Backstreet Boys sing, "Now let me show you the shape of my heart!"

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

0142 - 然[연] - 그러하다, 틀림이 없다 - yes, certainly; pledge, promise

The Story [이야기] :

  • This character is the picture of a dog's 犬 meat 月 being cooked or grilled above the fire 灬.  A certain elder in a village was interviewed by a reporter from BBC.  "Sir, do you eat dog meat ?", the reporter asked.  The village elder replied, "Yes! Certainly! 然.  We eat dogs every day.  We cook 灬 dog 犬 meat 月 and eat them."  

0141 - 色[색] - 빛, 빛깔 - color, tint, hue, shade; form, body; beauty, desire for beauty

The Story [이야기] :

  • This character shows a person 人 on top of another person who is kneeling down 卩.  These two people are having sex.
  • Some health experts say that sex is a healthy exercise.  To make life colourful 色, have sex at least once a day.

0140 - 花[화] - 꽃 - flower; blossoms

The Story [이야기] :

  • This is a pictophonetic character.  "Grass/Plant" 艹 suggests the meaning, while 化[화] suggests the sound.  The character 化 means "to transform/to become".  When the sunflower seed 艹 matures and grows, it will become 化 a sunflower.

0139 - 草[초] - 풀 - grass, straw, thatch, herbs

The Story [이야기] :

  • This is a pictophonetic character.  "Grass/Plant" 艹 suggests the meaning, while 早[조 → 초] suggests the sound.  The character 早 means "early".  It is the picture of the sun 日 at 10 a.m. 十 in the morning.  Early 早 in a plant's 艹 life, it is like a grass.   

Monday, February 10, 2014

0138 - 登[등] - 오르다 - rise, mount, board, climb

The Story [이야기] :

  • This character shows the picture of two feet 癶 climbing up a high place/mountain to perform ancestral services.  With her is a container 豆 that contains food for the ritual.
  • This character shows the picture of two feet 癶 climbing up a beanstalk.  From the magic beans 豆 grew a beanstalk.  Jack climbed the beanstalk and on the top of the beanstalk, he saw a house in the skies where a giant lives.  Jack stole the goose that lays golden eggs.    

Saturday, February 8, 2014

0137 - 夫[부] - 지아비 - man, male adult, husband; those

The Story [이야기] :

  • This character shows the picture of a grown-up man 大 wearing a small hairpin 一 to show that he has achieved adulthood and ready to be someone's husband.

0136 - 林[임/림] - 수풀, 숲 - forest, grove; surname

The Story [이야기] :

  • Two trees 木 make up a forest 林.  In a certain forest 林 in Korea, you can find chickens.
  • 임 is used if found at the beginning of the word, and 림 otherwise.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

0135 - 村[촌] - 마을 - village, hamlet; uncouth, vulgar

The Story [이야기] :

  • This is a pictophonetic character.  "Tree" 木 suggests the meaning, while 寸[촌] suggests the sound.  Inside a small fishing village, there are some trees 木 and a certain villager lives with her relatives 寸. 

0134 - 里[이/리] - 마을 - unit of distance; village; lane

The Story [이야기] :

  • This character combines "paddy field" 田 and "earth" 土 to mean "a small village".  A certain small village has lots of paddy field 田 on its land 土.
  • 이 is used if found at the beginning of the word, and 리 otherwise.
  • This character 里[리] was also used as a unit of measurement for distance.  See below.   

0133 - 洞[동/통] - 골, 골짜기 - cave, grotto; ravine; hole

The Story [이야기] :

  • This is a pictophonetic character.  "Water" 氵 suggests the meaning, while 同[동] suggests the sound.  Inside a certain cave, there is a village 同 and a small creek 氵.
  • If the meaning is "to be bright/to be keen", 통 is used.    

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

0132 - 面[면] - 낯, 얼굴 - face; surface; plane; side, dimension

The Story [이야기] :

  • This character shows the picture of a person's face or it can also be visualized as a mask.
  • This character can also mean a "township", a sub-division of a "gun".

Monday, February 3, 2014

0131 - 邑[읍/압] - 고을 - area, district, city, state

The Story [이야기] :

  • This character shows a big enclosure 囗 where a district/town is to be built and a person kneeling 㔾.
  • If the meaning is "to flatter", 압 is used.

0130 - 同[동] - 한가지 - same, similar; together with

The Story [이야기] :

  • A certain group of elite individuals that speak 口 the same/identical language come together as one 一 and now live in a certain village 冂.

0129 - 重[중/동] - 무겁다 - heavy, weighty; double

The Story [이야기] :

  • This character can be visualized as the picture of a heavy car 車 fastened by steel bars 一 on its front and back, making it even more heavier.
  • If the meaning is "a child", 동 is used.

0128 - 語[어] - 말씀, 말, 이야기 - language, words; saying, expression

The Story [이야기] :

  • This is a pictophonetic character.  "Language" 言 suggests the meaning, while 吾[오 → 어] suggests the sound.  The character 吾 means "I".  "I" am a person 口 with five 五 senses, and through the mouth communicate my language 言.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

0127 - 旗[기] - 기(곰과 범을 그린 기) - banner, flag, streamer

The Story [이야기] :

  • This is a pictophonetic character.  A "Square/Rectangle" 方 made by certain person 人 suggests the meaning, while 其[기] suggests the sound.  The character 其 is the picture of a basket.  A certain secret flag was made by a prominent person 人 and the shape of the flag is rectangular 方.  This flag is currently kept secret inside a basket 其.

0126 - 祖[조] - 할아버지, 할아비 - ancestor, forefather; grandfather

The Story [이야기] :

  • This character is composed of 示 which can mean "to be seen/a spirit" and 且 which can mean "a big and heavy memorial tablet".  To pay tribute to one's ancestors, erect big memorial tablets for them.  Sometimes, the spirit 示 of one's ancestors will come out of the memorial tablets 且.

0125 - 夕[석/사] - 저녁 - evening, night, dusk; slanted

The Story [이야기] :

  • This character shows the picture of the rising (crescent) moon to give the meaning of "evening/night".
  • If the meaning is "a handful of a certain thing", 사 is used.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

0124 - 冬[동] - 겨울 - winter, 11th lunar month

The Story [이야기] :

  • When winter comes, be sure to walk slowly 夊 above the icy ground 冫.

0123 - 秋[추] - 가을 - autumn, fall; year

The Story [이야기] :

  • This character combines the character for "grain/crop" 禾 with the character for "fire" 火.  When autumn comes, crops 禾 are harvested, dried 火, and stored in preparation for the winter.

0122 - 夏[하/가] - 여름 - summer; great, grand, big

The Story [이야기] :

  • Originally, this character shows the picture of a tall big man with his head 頁 and feet(walking slowly) 夊 showing.  Before, the meaning is "China", but eventually it also came to mean "summer".
  • Under the intense heat of the summer sun, one should cover her head 頁 and walk slowly 夊 so as not to get exhausted easily.
  • If the meaning is "a Chinese catalpa tree", 가 is used.

0121 - 春[춘/준] - 봄 - spring; wanton

The Story [이야기] :

  • When spring comes, the waters in the rivers 三 begin to flow again 八 and the day 日 becomes warmer and longer again.
  • If the meaning is "to be moved/to be affected", 준 is used.