After a hard day of work nothing is more relaxing than writing for my little blog. So time for a new hanja word drill. Today’s character is the first character for a color. The character is 靑 [청] and beyond a colour, it also symbolizes something else. For that meaning we’ll delve into a bit of Asian/Korean symbolism. Let’s get started.

Hanja #18: 靑 – 푸를 청

Time to start adding some colour to our hanja and we’ll kick things off with the colour blue. The hanja 靑 [청] depicts the colour blue. However, it can also mean something else. You see, like all cultures in the world, Korea have started to associate certain thing with certain words. The colour blue they associate with, among other things, youth. Because of that association Korean also uses this hanja with the meaning youth.

By the way, as you will see in the vocabulary list this hanja can also be used when talking about jeans, such as jeans jackets or jeans (pants). Neat, no?

If you happen to know any other word you think has this 靑 [청], let us know in the comments.

PS: 푸르다 is a Korean 르 irregular verb that means “To be blue”.

Our 靑 Vocabulary List

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

한국어 Meaning 한자어
청년 Youth, young people
청바지 Jeans (pants) 바지
청재킷 Jeans jacket 재킷
Hanja Word Drill: 靑 – 푸를 청
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Hanja Word Drill: 靑 – 푸를 청