Should Korean learners study Hanja?

Should you? I don’t know. I know hanja from Japanese kanji so it’s not a problem for me. I wonder how you can remember hanja if you can rarely find them in sentences. And I often read Japanese people said Korean people themselves are weak at reading hanja. Read sweetangel’s take on this. ###


There are many discussions about whether Korean learners study Hanja or not. In my opinion, Korean learners are encouraged to study Hanja to help them learn Korean better. Hanja (한자, 漢字) is the Korean name for the Chinese characters that are borrowed from Chinese and incorporated into the Korean language with Korean pronunciation.(

Chinese influenced the development of many Asian languages including Korean, Japanese or even Vietnamese. Before Hangul was created by King Sejong (1443), Chinese characters were very common and popular in Korea. My Korean teacher said that because Hanja was too difficult to learn, King Sejong decided to create an easier alphabet system which was Hangul so that everybody could easily learn. Therefore, many people argued that why they had to learn Hanja nowadays.

I agreed that Hanja was more difficult to learn than Hangul. However, according to the Standard Korean Dictionary (표준국어대사전) published by the National Institute…

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