Hanja for Cimi: 日 sun 일

日 sun, day 일

Sunday is  일요일.  It means the day of the sun.  In this case 일 means both ‘sun’ and ‘day’.


The days of the week in Korean are derived from Chinese characters, with each day of the week named after an element of nature.

Chineasy week

When I think of the word 일 in Korean, the first word to come to mind is ‘day’.  I only remember 일 also means sun when I need the word Sunday.  일 also means other things like ‘work’ and the number ‘one’ in sino-korean counting system.  Just like in English, some words have multiple meanings.  Sorry if that’s confusing.  For now, just focus on 日means ‘sun’.

Notice that 日 has four strokes.


Just for review, here are the Hanja we have covered so far.

山 Mountain 산

平 Peace 평화

一 1 One 일

二 2 Two 이

三 3 Three 삼

十 10 Ten 십

人 person 사람, 인

口 Mouth 입

食 Eat 먹다, 식사

木 tree 나무

女 woman, girl 여

日 sun, day 일

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One Response to Hanja for Cimi: 日 sun 일

  1. Cimi says:

    This is lovely as well as educational. Thank you.
    I am going to miss the Hangul Live series. I looked forward to it every week.

    Liked by 1 person

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