Hanja Word Drill: 女 – 여자 여/녀
Another day, another Hanja. Today’s Chinese character is 女 [여/녀]. It is a very basic hanja that has a lot of vocabulary attached to it. It is also the first hanja that truly has a consistent difference in pronunciation depending its location in a word. So it is a very interesting character for many reasons. Let’s give it a gander.
Hanja #24: 女 – 여자 여/녀
The hanja 女 [여/녀] is a very interesting character which is truly one of the basic hanja you ought to know. This hanja, as you might very well know, means “woman” and Korean uses it to mark vocabulary related to women or having a female nature. It is quite possible you will see this character telling you certain areas are for women only. So it is best to at least memorize this simple character.
However, as you have noticed 女 [여/녀] has two pronunciations. Indeed, this Chinese character used in Korean has two and both pronunciations are used extensively in the Korean language. Luckily for us, we needn’t guess when to use which pronunciation. That is decided in a rather formulaic way. If the hanja appears in the front of a word, you pronounce it as [여]. On the other hand when it appears at the end, it will be pronounced as [녀]. This is not something uncommon for Hanja and we’ll slowly start encountering more characters. that behave like this.
If you happen to know any other word you think has this hanja, let us know in the comments.
Our 女 Vocabulary List
*Meanings written in italics are the meanings when you use the noun as a 하다 verb.
|부녀||Father and daughter||父女|
|모녀||Mother and daughter||母女|