Before I leave the Hanja Word drill for a short while, I want to cover one other character than just 品 [품]. This post’s hanja will be 生 [생], known as 날 생. This character is associated with life and that can lead to some very broad uses. So it comes as no wonder that for Koreans learning Hanja this is character is considered one of the basics.

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

Hanja #2: 生 – 날 생

The hanja 生 is 생 when written in Hangeul. The character means ‘life’, ‘birth’ and ‘fresh’. These meanings makes it a very flexible character. It shows by the sheer amount of words in which it appears. Therefore you will have to consider a broad potential meanings of life itself, rather than one or two specific meanings. Furthermore, unlike 品 [품], this character accompanies other characters. It has no real meaning on its own..

As mentioned this is a very basic character. Therefore students choosing to learn Hanja learn this character early on as this Hanja often appears. To help you even further I’ve prepared a Memrise course based on the Hanja Word Drill series on Memrise. You can study the vocabulary given here over there.

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

Vocabulary related to 生

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

한국어 Meaning 한자어
학생 Student
일생 One’s entire life, lifetime
생장 Growth and development
교생 Student teacher, teacher trainee
인생 (Human) Life
선생 Teacher
생수 Water
재생 Recycle, reclamation; To recycle, to reclaim
수생 Aquatic Life
생일 Birthday
생년 Year of birth
민생 Public welfare, livelihood of the people
생금 Gold ore, unrefined gold
여학생 Female student
여선생 Female teacher
학년생 [School] grader
중학생 Middle schooler, junior high student
대학생 College student
생년월일 Date of birth
Hanja Word Drill: 生 – 날 생
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Hanja Word Drill: 生 – 날 생