Originally published January 2017
Hanja Time – January 2017 – “Relax with Hanja”
This month we are going to look at the character 休 which means rest, relax. This character is pronounced 휴 (“Hyu”) in Korean. The makeup of this character is fun and pretty easy to remember: it is a pictograph of a person 亻resting against a tree 木. This character can be found in many Korean words, and knowing its meaning will help you learn these words.
For example, the Korean word 휴일 (休日 – “Hyu-Il”) means day off or holiday. The first character 休 (휴 – “Hyu”) means rest, relax. The second character 日 (일 – “Il”) means day. When combined, the word literally means “Rest-Day”.
“Jeon Hyu-Il ae Nam-Ja Chin-Gu Man Man-Na-Yo”
I only see my boyfriend on holidays.
If you put the character for public 公 (공- “Gong”) in front you get 공휴일 (公休日) which means public holiday.
Similarly, the word 연휴 (連休 – “Yeon-Hyu”) means long weekend (like a 3-day weekend, or holiday weekend). The first character 連 (연 – “Yeon”) means sequential or consecutive. The second character 休 (휴 – “Hyu”) means rest, relax.
연휴 주말 계획 있어요?
“Yeon-Hyu Ju-Mal Gye-Hwek Iss-Eo-Yo?”
Do you have any plans for the holiday weekend?
The word 휴식 (休息 – “Hyu-Shik”) means rest, break time, relaxation. The first character 休 (휴 – “Hyu”) means rest, relax. The second character 息 (식 – “Shik”) also can have the meaning rest.
“Nan O-Ren Hyu-Shik-I Pil-Yo Han Geot Gat-Da”
I feel like I need a long rest.
Finally, the word 휴지 (休紙 – “Hyu-Ji”) means tissue paper or toilet paper. The first character 休 (휴 – “Hyu”) means rest, relax and the second character 紙 (지 – “Ji”) means paper. Together it literally means “rest-paper”. If you put the character for container 桶 (통 – “Tong”) at the end you get 휴지통 (休紙桶 – “Hyu-Hi-Tong”) which means trashcan, and for computers it refers to the recycle bin.
The recycle bin is almost full
Have a word or character that you would like to know more about? Let me know in the comments!