Originally Published May 2017
This month we are going to look at the character 感 which means feeling or touch. This character is pronounced 감 (“Gam”) in Korean. This character can be found in many Korean words, and knowing its meaning will help you learn these words. It can also be used by itself, which is the first usage we will look at.
When the word 감 (感 – “Gam”) is used by itself it simply means feeling, sense, or impression.
너무 늦은 감이 있다.
(“Neo-mu Neuj-eun Gam-ee Iss-da”)
It feels like it’s too late.
The word감사 (感謝– “Gam-sa”) means thankfulness, or gratitude. The first character感 (감 – “Gam”) means feeling and the second character 謝 (사 – “Sa”) means thank. Together they literally mean ‘feeling-thank’. This word in its verb form is one of the first phrases students learn: 감사합니다 (“Gam-sa Hab-ni-da”) which is how you say “thank you”.
The word 감동 (感動 – “Gam-dong”) means moving or touching, like a moving symphony or a touching letter. The first character感 (감 – “Gam”) means feeling and the second character動 (동 – “Dong”) means to move or happen. Together the word literally means “Feelings-happen”.
메리의 말에 감동했다.
(“Meh-ri-eui Mal-eh Gam-dong Hess-da”)
I was moved by Mary’s words.
The word감정 (感情 – “Gam-jeong”) means feelings or emotions. The first character感 (감 – “Gam”) means feeling and the second character情 (정 – “Jeong”) also has the meaning of feeling, sentiment, or emotion.
맬컴 감정 표현을 거의 하지 않는다
(“Mel-Keom Gam-jeong Pyo-hyeun-eul Geo-eui Ha-ji An-neun-da”)
Malcolm hardly shows his feelings.
The character感 (감 – “Gam”) is also in 2 words for being sick. 감기 (感氣 – “Gam-gi”) is a cold, and독감 (毒感 – “Dok-gam”) is the flu.
Here are some other common words that use the character感 (감 – “Gam”):
감각 (感覺 – “Gam-gak”): Sense (as a physiological or mental faculty)
감수성 (感受性 – “Gam-su-seong”): Sensitivity
실감(나는) (實感 – “Shil-gam”): Realistic, authentic, convincing
긴장감 (緊張感 – “Gin-jang-gam”): Tension
예감 (豫感 – “Yeh-gam”): Hunch, foreboding
자신감 (自信感 – “Ja-shin-gam”): Self Confidence
쾌감 (快感 – “Kweh-gam”): Pleasure, pleasant feeling
호감 (好感 – “Ho-gam”): A good feeling towards something
I hope that learning the character 感 (감 – “Gam”) will make remembering all these different vocabulary words easier!
Have a word or character that you would like to know more about? Let me know in the comments!