Ten New Korean Words reading Dong Yi

It’s a struggle trying to understand Dong Yi without subtitles so my new strategy is to try reading the novel in Korean as well. Hopefully this should help me pick up some useful vocabulary along the way and help my Korean study in general too. I like to know the hanja (Chinese character) for new words as I find this helps me remember them better. So here are 10  useful new words.


English

hangul

romanization

hanja

king

wang

= king

kingdom

왕국

wang-guk

王國 = king + country

regal power

왕권

Wang-gwon

王權 = king + power

throne

왕위

wang-wui

王位 = king + rank/position

queen

왕비

wang-bi

王妃 = king + queen

mother of the king

대비

te-bi

大妃 = big + queen

royal concubine

후궁

hu-gung

後宮 = behind + palace

This is an interesting one.

servant

노비

no-bi

奴婢 = person/servant +

I think the hanja on the right means to despise or look down on, be humble.

servant class

천민

chon-min

賤民 = humble + people

aristocracy

양반

yang-ban

兩班= both + groups (refers to the civil yang-ban and the military yang-ban)


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One response to “Ten New Korean Words reading Dong Yi

  1. Tai

    wonderful insights for the drama. Thank you

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