Time to talk about the final numeral hanja in the lowest level of Hanja, the 8th level. It might be a surprise, but this numeral character is 萬 [만]. However, this numeral hanja has the same thing going on as 一 [일] that it is used far beyond just its status of a number. Let’s take a look at it.

Hanja #36: 萬 – 일만 만

萬 [만] is a intricate character of many possibilities, perhaps more than the number value it represents ’10 000′. It might have surprised you that the character for ten thousands is a considered a basic hanja. However, like 一 [일], you will use this sino-Korean number in a lot more vocabulary than just its direct use.

Because of the massive quantity it represents, you will often end up seeing this 萬 [만] being used more figuratively. In those cases it takes on more of the meaning of ‘innumerable’ and ‘a lot’. There are a lot of words out there that use this character in that way so it is best to keep it in the back of your mind.

If you happen to know any other word you think has this hanja, let us know in the comments.

Our 萬 Vocabulary List

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

한국어 Meaning 한자어
Ten thousand, 10 000
만일 If, in case that
만년 In forever, perpetual, always
만인 All people, everybody
Hanja Word Drill: 萬 – 일만 만
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Hanja Word Drill: 萬 – 일만 만