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Is there any word that varies in length when written in hanja or hangul?

TL;DR version: While Japanese kanji can be be represented by any number of syllables, Korean hanja always represents a single syllable. Korean words of Chinese origin that have had some sound changes ...
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When using the Korean IME In Windows 10, how do I type hanja (한자) characters?

The '한자 키' on a Korean keyboard is usually the same key as the one that may be the right 'Ctrl' key on many countries' keyboards. This picture shows the key with both labellings : If you type a ...
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Why do product labels often have emphasized 한자?

First of all, they are used for graphical purposes. It's an easy way to make a more catchy design. Second, it can give more impact to the meaning. 한자 like 茶 (차 - tea) are well-known even to Koreans ...
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Are ordinary native Korean speakers capable of understanding individual Japanese kanji words in written form?

I'm a native Korean in early 30s. Hanja (Hanja in Korea, Hanzi in China, Kanji in Japan) levels of "ordinary native Korean speakers" vary greatly. Some people know a lot, and also many people know ...
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Are all words from Chinese characters (한자어) nouns?

No. There are some adverbs (부사) that are 한자어: 역시 (亦是) - also, likewise 내일 (來日) - tomorrow (this is sometimes a noun, sometimes an adverb) 심지어 (甚至於) - even as far as 항상 (恒常) - always Also, numbers ...
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Is hanja opposed in North Korea?

This seems true in North Korean media, though I can't say what's taught in their schools. As I understand, 한자 (Hanja) was no longer in use in 북한 (DPRK, aka North Korea) by the end of the Korean War, ...
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불안(不安) 부(不), 안(安) why is this liul inserted?

First, Hangeul was not originally written as Kanji. Kanji is the term for Chinese characters used in the Japanese language; Hanja is the term for these characters used in Korean language. Hangeul is ...
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When should I use Hanja instead of Hangul?

I can imagine only these situations... If you want to be a lawyer in Korea. Some law terms are written in ancient Korean (and getting replaced with Hangul representation) If you want to study ancient ...
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기계 (gigye) ==> 機械, 器械, 奇計 (what else?)

Just answering Q1: Naver's dictionary lists six words. However, among them, 奇計 is a very rare word. I'm not even sure if I've seen it anywhere, although I might understand the term if I saw it in ...
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Is there any word that varies in length when written in hanja or hangul?

Every hanja is exactly one syllable, no exceptions. No sound change made hanja pronunciation vary in syllable length since when hanja came to Korea (which was a looong time ago).
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The true meaning of Korean workplace titles

So, you wanted etymology, right? Well, every words you wrote is sino-Korean, which means it is composed with Chinese character. Let's start with 사원. 사원 is 社員 in Chinese character. 社 means 'to meet', ...
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Can 오합지졸 describe the Halloween Crowd in Itaewon, South Korea?

No, 오합지졸 would be very inappropriate and offensive. 오합지졸 describes a group of people (e.g., soldiers, sports team, or school kids) who are tasked with something, but they're so incompetent and ...
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When should I use Hanja instead of Hangul?

One example of where Hanja might be used is to disambiguate homonyms. For example, 사과 can mean an apology, or an apple. The Hanja - 謝過, or 沙果 - might be used to clarify which is meant.
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Do all Sino-Korean words have exactly one reading?

Probably you know that a Hanja character may have more than one pronunciation. For example, 樂 has seven different pronunciations, 락, 악, 낙, 요, 료, 록, 로. (낙 is derived by the word-initial rule 두음법칙 ...
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Why do some hanja characters have multiple hangul?

In this case, it's because of 두음 법칙 (Initial sound rule), which forbids ㄹ and 냐/녀/뇨/뉴/니 at a word-initial position. ㄹ becomes ㄴ, and 냐/녀/뇨/뉴/니 becomes 야/여/요/유/이 when it's placed in front of a word. Of ...
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Unusual hangeul syllables in 1920's handwritten Korean?

I'm not an expert on old Korean, but some of them look recognizable. 집 떠난 날 = day of departure from home 서울 떠난 날 = day of departure from Seoul 상해 착(着?) = arrive at Shanghai? 상해 발(發) = departure ...
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Are ordinary native Korean speakers capable of understanding individual Japanese kanji words in written form?

There are 2136 chinese characters that Japanese use daily. Higher level Kanji goes up to 6000+ characters. Some of them are in simplified form which typical Koreans might not be familiar with. In ...
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Does the character 韓(한) refer both to Korea, and to a geographically distinct Chinese 'Han'?

The character 韓 for the name of Korea was arbitrarily chosen for its sound, coincidentally being the same character of some ancient Chinese states. The first thing to point out is that there is ...
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Does 단비 (sweet rain) have Hanja?

Doesn't look like it. Both morphemes are of non-Sinitic origin as given by Naver dic, made up of (달 + ㄴ) > 단 (sweet; see Etymology #7 of 달다) 비 (rain) These are their modern representations of course,...
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Why are 댜 뱌 챠 탸 퍄 햐 됴 툐 not used?

Short answer: You can write "bzach" using English letters, and pronounce it, but such a syllable is nowhere to be found in the language. There are plenty of such "gaps", but ...
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Does Korean have something like Japanese Ateji (当て字)?

Shortest answer will be 'yes, it has'. According to Korean Wikipedia(https://ko.wikipedia.org/wiki/%EC%B7%A8%EC%9D%8C) it is called '취음(chui-um)' or '군두목(goondumock)'. One of the most well-known ...
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What is the hangeul for the personal name 金知桓?

An online method of finding 한글 for 한자: https://hanja.dict.naver.com/ Either draw the Chinese charater on the box given at the right, or copy and paste the character in the text box on the ...
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What do the characters I've found on this old gun mean?

In the second photo,「絞筒」refers to the barrel of the gun. In the first photo, the unknown character looks like「⿱人布」. I suggest that this is a slightly altered way of writing 「⿱𠂉布」, since the shape「人」...
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What is 훈음 in a layman's words?

音訓 (음훈) or 訓音 (훈음) is short for 音讀 (음독) + 訓讀 (훈독), referring to the short dictionary gloss given to Chinese characters by Korean dictionaries. It is typically formatted in the following order: 國 (...
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Korean words whose pronunciation differs unpredictably from the spelling

It depends on the criteria. I have made my own list (separated into 1 and 2) using a programming language and the words contained in the standard dictionary (March 2020), with the following conditions:...
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When should I use Hanja instead of Hangul?

Pretty much never. Some newspapers use hanja to clarify homonyms (장기: 長期 long-term, 臟器 viscera, 將棋 Korean chess, 長技 specialty, etc.) but usually it's not hard to figure out the meaning through context....
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