Korean Language Bank: 萬 [만] - 일 만 만
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The way of counting is different in Korea compared to the West. Like the West, it has the base 10, however, unlike the West its most basic numbers go up to 10 000 instead of 1 000. This article’s Hanja is the character for 10 000, 萬, which you read as 만. Like all Hanja, this number is, of course, a Sino-Korean number.

Like many Hanja for the numbers, there is only a limited amount of frequently used vocabulary related to 萬 [만]. Most important words which incorporate this character oftentimes are just the words for even larger numbers such as a hundred thousand or a million. However, there are a few words like 만일 [萬一] which means just in case that used this Hanja as well. However, the character also appears in a few four-character idioms or 사자성어 [四字成語] like 세상만사 [世上萬事]. Although, the character itself won’t be helpful in knowing the actual meaning of the idiom.

萬 [만] Vocabulary

Unlike most numerals where I advise to memorize the character since they are often used in signs, the character 萬 [만] is less frequently used and so you needn’t bother memorizing the actual look of the character itself. Nonetheless, it might just be neat to know it. However, the most important part to know is how it is read, which is 만.

The character ~ indicates the following part is a pure Korean word and thus has no Hanja counterpart.

We give the verb/adjective meaning of nouns in brackets ‘( )’. As you know Sino-Korean nouns (한자어) can be used as verbs/adjectives with 하다.

Hanja / 한자 Hangeul / 한글 English / 영어
Ten thousand
십만 Hundred thousand
백만 Million
천만 Ten million
억만 Countless
數百 수백만 Millions
만일 Just in case
Hanja Chart: 萬 [만] - 일 만 만
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Hanja Chart: 萬 [만] – 일 만 만
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