As you know plenty of Korean words have a Chinese root and thus learning the meaning behind the Hanja helps you better understand the meaning of a word. In this Korean Language Bank article, we take a look at the Hanja 敎 [교].
The character 敎 has the sound [교] associated with it. However, other characters, like 校, also have the same sound associated with them. This is one of the difficulties you will face when dealing with Hanja: Many characters share the same sound. However, let this not dissuade you from the usefulness of learning Hanja to give your Korean fluency a boost.
The meaning of the 敎 [교] is “teach” and as such words that incorporate this character often relates to things and persons that serve an educational purpose. One very clear example of this is the word 교사 which means ‘teacher’ or ‘professor’. Because of how Eastern cultures view religion, something that teaches us, words related to religion also utilize the character 敎 [교] oftentimes.
敎 [교] Vocabulary
As always when learning Korean vocabulary with Hanja, do not focus on the character itself. For most Korean language learners, memorizing characters and their stroke orders are unimportant. Focus on the meaning and how it relates to the words that utilize the characters. This will help you better understand the words. Furthermore, it might help you understand unknown words you encounter when reading Korean texts.
|Hanja / 한자||Hangeul / 한글||English / 영어|
|敎務室||교무실||Teacher’s room, faculty room|
|敎員||교원||Teacher; Teaching staff|
|敎化||교화||Reformation (To reform)|
|敎官||교관||Instructor; Drill sergeant|
|敎徒||교도||Believer, adherent, follower|