Q: Can I learn Hanja with less than fluent Korean?
The main problem for most language learners once they have acquired the basic grammatical structures, either from exposure early in life or through formal training, is the learning of vocabulary which can be tedious and discouraging.
In the case of Korean, this is precisely the gap which can be filled by Hanja. Even a modest knowledge of Hanja unlocks the meaning of thousands of compound words which make up a significant part of Korean vocabulary.
Remember to go through the vocabulary orally in the order of 1. Korean meaning 2. Pronunciation 3. English meaning, all while writing it in the air or on paper and then counting the strokes. e.g. 달 월 moon 月 4 (strokes). We will do some 헌문 next time, promise.
This is a cool site where you can create your own seal or 圖章(도장).
You can make a seal of your name or any other 漢字.
Here is more info on the use of seals in East Asia.
Must go to this exhibit. Maybe we can make it a class trip and have a docent guide.
Here is our first piece of 한문 (漢文). We will do this in class but in the meantime, see how many radicals you can identify:
And if this makes no sense, don’t worry, we will review constantly throughout the course.
Nice to see so many people with such diverse reasons for learning Hanja.
I hope you enjoyed our new segment “Chinatown Survival Hanja”.