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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 … Continue reading

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Hanja for Cimi: 味 taste 맛

I take great thrill in my fortune cookies, now that I am learning a little Chinese.  This one taught me the word “taste”.  Imagine in ancient times, you are a king who can’t eat yet until the food is first … Continue reading

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Hanja for Cimi: 天 sky 천

天 sky, heaven, day 천 I chose the character 天 because of a Zen poem “An Answer on Behalf of Heaven and Earth”  代天地答.  We learned soil/earth is 土.  See 土 (earth) in the character 地 ? 答 is answer and 代 is on … Continue reading

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Hanja for Cimi: 永 eternal 영

When I first saw this character, I thought it was water 水 until I noticed the extra dot.  It is a character used as a warm up for calligraphy because it has so many types of strokes.

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Hanja for Cimi: 民 people 민

Let’s see some Korean words that use 민. 인민 the people 국민 a nation, a people 자유민 a free citizen 민족 a race (ethnicity) 유목민 a nomadic race 빈민 poor people 貧民 민주주의democracy 民主 Cimi smartly pointed out that some of the words we have … Continue reading

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Hanja for Cimi: 心 heart 심

心 means heart; mind; intention; center; core; soul; spirit.  Typically, if you see 心 or 忄(心’s component form) in a word, you know the word has something to do with emotions or the act of thinking.  In Korean, it is 마음 ( … Continue reading

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Hanja for Cimi: 酒 wine 주

주 ‘Ju’ is wine, liquor.  Grape wine is grape (포도) plus wine (포도주).  Plum wine is 자주.  Rice wine is 청주. 酒 Looks like a carafe to me.  Associative Compound. A jar 酉 of wine 氵.

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Hanja for Cimi: 字 letter, character 자

Rixing Type Foundry (日星鑄字行) is the only foundry that still makes the traditional Chinese character for printing presses. These unique pieces preserve the beauty of Chinese characters. Each set of type contains of over 300,000 characters and ornaments. See variations of … Continue reading

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Hanja for Cimi: 中 Center 중

中 Center 중 I found the strokes surprising, both in order and number. You can find it in phrases like center (中心), middle school (中学), midday (中午), between (中间), and China (中国).  In Korean,  center (중심), middle school (중학교), midday … Continue reading

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Hanja for Cimi: 田 field 전

I’ve been eager to do the character for field, because of my rice farmer friend.

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Hanja for Cimi: 勺 spoon, ladle 작

It doesn’t take long watching Korean dramas before realizing that Koreans like to eat, and they are fond of eating together. At the Cambridge Zen Center, I got to experience their ritual for eating together as part of the Buddhist … Continue reading

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Hanja for Cimi: 休 rest 휴

Combine a person leaning against a tree, and you get rest.

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Hanja for Cimi: 門 door 문

門 gate, door 문 I remember this one as the scary monster behind the door from the Monki App for Chinese pictographs. Note that this is one example where the traditional Chinese used by Koreans 門 differs from the simplified … Continue reading

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Hanja for Cimi: 川 brook, 江 river

川 brook 천, 江 river 강

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Hanja for Cimi: Calligraphy variations and Zen

We have covered most of the radicals from “My First Book of Chinese Calligraphy”.  Here are the ones we haven’t covered yet: field 田, heart 心, enclosure 囗 (very similar to mouth 口), foot 足, insect 虫, grass 艹, hand 扌. … Continue reading

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