34 – 場 – The Place To Be

(Originally published January 2016)

I screwed up last month and posted Febraury’s article instead of January.  So here is January’s article, and I will have to go update the pictures on the February article.

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This month we are going to take a look at the character 場 which means place or location and is pronounced 장 “jang” (rhymes with “long” or “song”) in Korean. This character is used in many different Korean words to indicate the place where something happens.

For example, the word 축구 (蹴球 – “Chuk-gu”) means soccer. When you add the sound 장 (場 – “jang”) you get 축구장 (蹴球場 – “Chuk-gu-jang) which means soccer field. Similarly, the word 수영장 (水泳場 – “Su-yeong-jang”) means swimming pool.  It is a combination of 수영 (水泳 – “Su-yeong”) which means swimming and장 (場 – “jang”) meaning place.

In fact any place where a sport happens you can make that word by taking the sport and adding장 (場 – “jang”). For example:

골프 (“Gol-puh”) which means golf + 장 (場 – “Jang”) which means place = 골프장 (“Gol-puh-jang”): Golf course

스키 (“Suh-Ki”) which means ski + 장 (場 – “Jang”) which means place =  스키장 (“Suh-ki-jang”): Ski resort

야구 (野球 – “Ya-gu”) which means baseball + 장 (場 – “Jang”) which means place = 야구장 (野球場 – “Ya-gu-jang”): Baseball park

운동 (運動 – “Un-dong”) which means exercise + 장 (場 – “Jang”) which means place =운동장 (運動場): Stadium, playing field

Of course not only playing fields use this character.  The word농장 (農場 – “Nong-jang”) means farm.  The first character 農 (농 – “Nong”) means farming and the second character場 (장 – “Jang”) means place.  So together they make the word ‘farming-place’.

Similarly, the word 직장 (職場 – “Jik-jang”) means workplace, like your office. In this word the first character 職 (직 – “Jik”) means profession or job and the second character場 (장 – “Jang”) means place. So combined it means the place where you do your job.

The word 공장 (工場 – “Gong-Jang”) means factory. The first character工 (공 – “Gong”) means labor or industry and again the second character場 (장 – “Jang”) means place.

There are too many Korean words that use this character to list them all, so I’ll list some of the most common that you will see:

예식장 (禮式場 – “Yeh-Shik-Jang”): Wedding hall

시장 (市場 – “Shi-Jang”): Market

장소 (場所 – “Jang-So”): Location

경기장 (競技場 – “Gyeon-Gi-Jang”): (sports) stadium, (sports) arena

극장 (劇場 – “Geuk-Jang”): Theater, cinema

I hope that knowing the meaning of장 (場 – “Jang”) makes learning these vocabulary words easier. Have a word or character that you would like to know more about?  Leave a question or comment in the comments.

 

 

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