한국어 Learn Korean : Sound Smarter, Learn Hanja – 人 (인)

Learn Korean- sound smarter, learn hanja 인

안녕하세요 한국어를 쉽고 재미있게 만드는 한국언니예요. Hello this is Korean Unnie that makes learning Korean fun and easy.

I have said a lot in my past Korean Unnie videos that considerable number of Korean vocabulary is based on Chinese characters and we call these words Sino-Korean words.
But there are like 50,000 Chinese characters and obviously we can’t memorize all of them, but I can show you some Chinese characters that are often used in Korean vocabulary and it will really help you to memorize the words or even guess the word even if you don’t know the meaning of the word.

The Hanja, a Chinese character based Korean root, that we are going to learn today is 인.

인 means a person. Just in case you’re curious, it is pronounced ren in Chinese.

There are many words in Korean vocabulary that include this character 인.

When introducing yourself and saying your nationality, you put the name of your country and than attach this word 인.

For example,
한국인 means Korean
한국 Korea and 인 person
so 한국인 Korea person, Korean.

중국인 means Chinese
중국 China 인 person
중국인 China person, Chinese

This is also applied for describing race in Korean.

황인 means Asian
황 describes a yellowish color and 인 is a person
황인 yellow person… it sounds weird but that’s what it means.
흑인 흑 describes a black color and 인 is a person
흑인 black person
백인 백 describes white color 인 person 백인 white person

Not only nationality and race there are so many words in Korean that includes 인.

미인 means a beauty
미 beautiful

미인

연인 lover
연 date, to love

연인

공인 public figure
공 public

공인

연예인 celebrity
연예 entertainment

연예인

하인 servant
하 below

하인

거인 giant
거 big, humungous

거인

and etcetera…
There are so many examples for this so it’s impossible to list all of them in this video.
But at least when you see something something 인, you can assume that it is probably describing a person. If you’re lucky enough to guess what the word before 인 means then you will be able to know the meaning of that word and if you can’t you at least know that should be a person.

As I have always emphasized, Chinese characters, hanja are look roots for Korean word. It’s like Latin in English, so it is really helpful if you want to expand Korean vocabulary.

I am making videos on Sino-Korean words regularly so subscribe to my channel if you want to get updates.

I hope this video was helpful and see you next time with another informative Korean video.

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