Hanja for Cimi: Eat and Mouth 口

Mouth 입


Eat 먹다, 식사

Eat 흘





Mouth is drawn with 3 strokes.  A vertical stroke, a horizontal turn stroke, and a horizontal stroke.



Shout (吅) is a combination of two building blocks for Mouth (口). 吅 means to argue or to make noise. Products (品) is a combination of three building blocks for Mouth (口). The mouths represent three people & their views. Think of each mouth as an opinion judging the product.  Put person and mouth together and you get population. You don’t need to remember these extra words, just interesting to see. ^^




For eat 食 picture a high legged serving dish with a lid.

I am not positive, but this is my best guess on how to draw  eat 食.



Cimi was curious, and so she went researching how to draw the word for eat in Chinese.  She was disbelieving that such a common word would look so complex.  She found the word 吃.  The YellowBridge Mandarin Chinese dictionary says that the Korean word for 吃 is 흘.  However, I am not familiar with the Korean word 흘 and could not find it in Naver’s Korean-English dictionary.

Ah, the ambiguity of trying to teach yourself something by looking things up in the dictionary.  I will have to ask someone who speaks Chinese.  I am not embarking on a quest to learn Chinese.  I simply want to help Cimi be able to recognize a few characters on her trip to China next year.  One Hanja character a week won’t help much, but it is an easy thing to do, and we enjoy the intellectual stimulation of wondering about Chinese.

Naver dictionary tells me that this is how to write 吃.  Notice how mouth 口 is part of eat.

eat hanja


P.S.  Ryan from Mindpasta (a native Korean) confirmed 食 is correct for eat.

Judith Meyer clarified that 食 is ‘food’/ ‘eating’ and  吃 is ‘to eat’ in Modern Chinese.  Judith said that it is possible that the usage of characters or their meaning may have shifted since the time that Korea adopted Hanja.   食 is less important to know as a single character, but it is super important as a left side of several thousand other food related characters.

This goes along with why I am learning Hanja, to expand my Korean vocabulary by learning related words with Chinese roots.


Visual Thesaurus for English word ‘Eat’



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