I finally figured out how to start learning Korean vocabulary in a more systematic way. As you you know I recently wrote a post on what Hanja is and a use of it or two. In that article I mentioned you can use Hanja as a fluency tool. I decided to follow my own advice and study Korean vocabulary at the hand of Hanja. The first character is 品 [품], known as 물건 품.

Hanja Word Drill’s How To

I am going to start a new series called “Hanja Word Drill”. In this series I’m going to cover 1 Hanja and go over its associated vocabulary. Hanja is a great way to learn a lot of new words in a systematic fashion. However, there are a few things I want to make clear to those who want to learn Korean vocabulary using this series.

[pullquote-left]You shouldn’t memorize the Hanja itself.[/pullquote-left]

First I want to stress you shouldn’t memorize the Hanja itself. Present day Korean does not use Hanja at all, everything is almost always written in Hangeul. To be more precise, save for names and as a way to clear up potential confusion you won’t see Hanja in common situations. For only a handful Korean language students Hanja will become a necessity and they learn it in an academic environment.

What is the point of using the Hanja then you might wonder? Simple really, clarification. As I mentioned in my Hanja post, Hangeul written Korean is littered with true homonyms which tends to make learning new words a challenge. However, a Hanja character has a single meaning so when you know which hanja is associated with a word, you know the specific use of a word even if the English translation is more general. That is the point of the Hanja.

Hanja #X: 品 – 물건 품

The first Hanja we are going to talk about is 品, which you read as 품. The word 품 is one of those words that has countless potential meanings. However, when  talking about 品 we are talking about ‘goods’; the world itself is the general noun for ‘goods’. The name of this hanja therefore is 물건 품. Because of we know words that have this 품 are words for some kind of ‘goods’ or has to do with ‘goods’ in general. I say in general since there are exceptions, though these ‘exceptions’ are due to a different mindset.

Let’s go over a few of them.

PS: If you happen to know any other word you think has this 품 (品), let us know in the comments. We’ll add it to this list!

For future reference: We’ll add links to the individual Hanja when a post dedicated to that Hanja is created.

Vocabulary related to 品

*Meanings written in italics are the meanings when you use the noun as a 하다 verb.

한국어 Meaning 한자어
Goods [General term]
인품 Personality, character
일품 A superior product, a product of  top quality
소품 (Stage) props
Hanja Word Drill: 品 - 물건 품
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Hanja Word Drill: 品 – 물건 품