Time to wrap things up on the Hanja front for a while with another basic character. This time the character is 火 [화] and it means fire. It is a simple little character, but it is used in some frequently used words.

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

Hanja Levels

Perhaps you are wondering why I call some Hanja basic characters. The reason is quite simple. Koreans have set about 5 978 Hanja as essential characters to know and thus Koreans learn these characters in school. Now those 5 978 Hanja are then divided into 8 reading and 6 writing grades. The lowest grades (writing: grade 8; reading: grade 6) contain what Korans consider the most basic Hanja.

All Hanja, except the first (品 [품]), we have discussed so far are part of Hanja reading grade 8. My current goal is to cover all 56 characters of this grade by the end of the first run of the Hanja Word Drill series.

Hanja #1: 火 – 불 화

The character 火 [화] is a basic character that like 先 [선] doesn’t have that many frequently used words attached to it. However, the words that do use it are used quite frequently. Some of them you already know. The character 火 [화]’s meaning is fire. Thus words containing this hanja have a meaning that relates to fire.

If you happen to know any other word you think has this 火 [화], let us know in the comments. We’ll add it to this list!

Vocabulary related to 火

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

한국어 Meaning 한자어
Anger
화산 Volcano
화나다 To be angry 나다
화내다 [Causative] To be angry 내다
Hanja Word Drill: 火 – 불 화
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Hanja Word Drill: 火 – 불 화