Hanja for Cimi: 苹 apple 사과

We learned 平 peace.  It also means flat, level, equal (picture a level scale).  We learned grass 艹.  Put them  together, and you get apple 苹.  Apple is one of the earliest Korean words I learned from Boys Over Flowers Korean drama.  Apple is  ‘sagwa’ 사과 ( 沙果).

果 means fruit.   It is a combination of field 田 and tree 木.  Picture a fruit on a tree.  Therefore, 苹果 means apple.

  • 我在吃个苹果
    I am eating an apple.
  • 苹果是水果 
    Apple is a fruit.
  • 水果以苹果为最佳。
    Apples are the best fruit.

Here are some other fruits:  mango 芒果 , apricot 杏 , peach 桃 , pear 梨, watermelon 西瓜, papaya 木瓜.


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3 Responses to Hanja for Cimi: 苹 apple 사과

  1. Cimi says:

    Hi Julia, Is it really Sept. 25? I like how you broke down apple. Walking through the characters and the meaning is a fun part of learning Hanja and Hangul.I am going to the apple farm next Wednesday!


  2. Korean Vitamin says:

    I didn’t know there was hanja for 사과. So the 과 is the same hanja for 과일 (fruit). Japanese kanji for apple is 林檎 (rin-go). But people just use hiragana or katakana because the kanji is considered a difficult one.


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