November 1, 2017



From my short research on google:

화재: moreso refers to a disaster and is more often used on the news. Perhaps a fire that destorys a city block

불: general fire, not as specific as 화재

This could be wrong as im no expert, but thats what i found

November 1, 2017


불 is a pure Korean meaning fire

화재 is a Sino Korean word and it is used to refer a proper incident involving or caused by fire.

화재 = 화(fire, 火) + 재(災, calamity, disaster) = 화마 (somewhat poetic word often used in newspaper headline)


If you are smoking and some Korean ask you like "불 있어요?" he or she means "Got a light?"

January 22, 2018

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You're right, it's what romance languages call an incendio/incendie, an uncontrolled and destructive fire.

In English it's a conflagration, but most people just say fire, which creates this confusion.

November 1, 2017


We would readily say blaze when we want to specify, I think. (at least in the US) A conflagration is obviously a group of fires, like a gaggle of geese or school of sushi. Also, a word I never hear anyone use.

May 5, 2019


Yeah, duolingo is giving the reverse translation as "blaze"

November 26, 2017


Sounds right to me.

February 7, 2018


Sort of like “conflagration”

March 13, 2018



March 21, 2018


I'm still (after many years of linguistics and looking up words for fun) trying to figure out the difference between a fire and a bonfire. Bonfires seem to be vaguely larger than a small fire but not a very large fire and it's for staying warm or maybe just a book burning or possibly something else inspecific.

May 5, 2019


According to Merriam Webster dictionary there are two ideas: The word is derived from Middle English bonefire, meaning literally "a fire of bones." Or, the other theory being: in French, bon means "good," which has lead some to believe that it is the first element of the English word bonfire— "a fire made for some publick cause of triumph or exaltation," and derived the word from the French bon and the English word fire

August 4, 2019


So in line with the second theory, in todays common use is a controlled fire that you light for pleasure or sort of ceremony.

August 4, 2019
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