"Hanja(한자, 漢字)" refers to Chinese characters that are used in Korean, and even if you don't actually know how to read and write the Hanja characters themselves, knowing Hanja-based words will exponentially increase your Korean vocabulary, since many Korean words are based on these Chinese characters.
Over the past few years, we have received many questions like these and here are our answers.
Q: Do Korean people really know thousands of Hanja?
A: Many of them do! And most people can at least read and understand hundreds of Chinese characters but they may not be able to write everything from memory.
Q: Will knowing these Hanja characters actually help with my Korean vocabulary?
A: Definitely! Learning Hanja can be compared to learning Latin and Greek word roots when learning English, but much easier and much more applicable to everyday usages.
Q: So, even if I don't actually memorize Hanja characters, studying Hanja can still help me improve my Korean?
A: Yes! Studying Hanja will help you develop a sense of understanding and even guessing the meaning of new words you encounter for the first time!
Reviews by people who have purchased this book
Ohhh, I like this book! I wanted to expand my vocabulary so I ordered it. The little explanations about each hanja make it really easy to remember them, and the etymology is really helpful in picking up new words. I would definitely recommend this to others (and in fact, already have). I also have to add that visually it's a very attractive book. The layout is pleasant to look at and very clear, and the whole book has a solid, lasting feel to it even though it's a paperback. Maybe that is standard--if any country loves books, it's Korea!! But really, whoever designed the book deserves some praise, too.
대박! This book is comprehensive, easy-to-use, and great for reference as I continue to study Korean vocabulary! :D
Learning Hanja is really fun. My First Hanja Guide is a great book to start studying hanja. It's organized clearly and isn't overwhelming. I'm learning Korean, but my mom studied Chinese and she's so excited that we can actually study something together. We compare the meanings and pronunciation between Korean and Mandarin.
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