Name of Podcast: 일타쌍피 한자특강 (Killing Two Birds with One Stone, Hanja Class) (Phonetic: Iltassangpi hanjateukgang)
What topics are covered: Chinese characters that are used in the Korean language
Why is it good to listen? There are a number of Korean words that were originally from Chinese words because Korea is the one of countries which belong to the cultural area of Chinese character. The words are called Hanja. So understanding Hanja is very important when it comes to learning Korean and understanding Korean culture. Koreans also have to learn Hanja to complement words in Hangeul. This podcast teaches the listeners the very beginning level of essential Hanja in Korean.
This Korean podcast can be found on Podbbang here.
How often are the podcasts updated? This podcast has ended. There are 35 episodes available.
Length of the podcasts: Each podcast is about twenty minutes long.
Description: The hosts classifies Hanja by its meaning and picks the topic of each episode. Then he talks about Busu which is the initial unit (radical) that makes a complete letter. Learning Busu first is the easy way to understand many Hanja words. It is because a Busu has its own meaning, and the meaning of the letter which has the Busu is related to the meaning of the Busu. So they are connected.
The second part of the Korean podcast is learning Hanja words based on the Busu (radical) covered earlier. This words are practical and common words used in living. Then the host introduces Four-letter-phrases which are very similar to proverbs and are often found in books. Finally, before he finished the episode he reviews all the Hanjas and words that are learnt in the episode.
Summary: Learning the Chinese characters used in Korean for complete beginners, a great way to make your Korean improved and to take your Korean to an advanced level.