Hanja Word Drill: 年 – 해 년
Slowly, but surely we are approaching the end of the Hanja level 8. We are already at character number 35. Today’s character is an important character, 年 [연/년]. Along with 日 [일] and 月 [월], this hanja is how you write dates in Korean. Let’s take a look at it.
Hanja #35: 年 – 해 년
年 [연/년] is a rather simple character. It represents ‘year’ in all its meanings such as duration, dates, etc. It is therefore extensively used in vocabulary regarding years such as in dates (along with 日 [일] and 月 [월]) using Sino-Korean numbers. But, you can also use it with other characters, such as with the hanja 學 [학] to create 학년 [學年] which means ‘Year, grade’.
By the way, like the hanja 女 [여/녀], 年 [연/년] also has two different pronunciations depending its location. When it is the first character of a word, you pronounce it as [연]. In all other situations, you pronounce is as 년. Keep this in mind.
If you happen to know any other word you think has this hanja, let us know in the comments.
Our 年 Vocabulary List
*Meanings written in italics are the meanings when you use the noun as a 하다 verb.
|만년||In forever, perpetual, always||萬年|
|연중||Year-round, the whole year, all the year round||年中|
|학년||[School] Year, grade (level)||學年|
|생년||Year of birth||生年|
|청년||Youth, young people||靑年|
|생년월일||Date of birth||生年月日|