Hanja Word Drill: 日 – 날 일

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Time for another Hanja. The more hanja we tackle the faster our hanja vocabulary lists can expand. The hanja today is 日 [일] and it is one of two hanja needed to write the name of a well-known Asian country. This is a fairly basic and easy hanja which unlike the numerals has a few uses. Let’s take a look.

음훈 – Meaning And Pronunciation

However, I want to start on a side note first. I want to talk a bit on the Korean written next to each hanja in the title like here: 日 – 날 일. I was asked about this on our Facebook group “Korean Study Group”. While it might be easier to understand this as the ‘name’ 날 일, it is not the name of the character. It has a name, though. It is 음훈 which means ‘meaning and pronunciation’. This lets Koreans more easily know what the character means and how they ought to pronounce it. In this case the meaning is 날 (day) and the pronunciation is ‘일’. In a Korean dictionary, such as the online Naver dictionary, the 음훈 will always be shown for each hanja entry.

Do note that the meaning is more often written in native Korean, though not always. Furthermore sometimes the word they use to represent the meaning is archaic and no longer actively used.

Hanja #9: 日 – 날 일

The hanja 日 [일] represents day first and foremost. Because of that meaning it is also related to all things that has something to do with the concept day such as the sun and daytime. Unlike the previous hanja 九 [구], this hanja has  uses in vocabulary and is not limited to just its main concept. In fact, it is one of two hanja you need to write the name of Japan in Hanja.

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

Our日 Vocabulary List

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

한국어 Meaning 한자어
Day [used with Sino-Korean numbers]
생일 Birthday
백일 Clear day, clear sky
한일 Korea-Japan
구일 9th day
팔일 8th day
십구일 19th day
생년월일 Date of birth
Hanja Word Drill: 日 - 날 일
Hanja Word Drill: 日 – 날 일

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October 25, 2017

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