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A Pop of Korean! — Higher-Newbie / Lesson 13: -ㄴ/은 채로

안녕하세요! Hey everybody! A while in the past I posted a vocab listing about time-related phrases (issues like morning, afternoon, and so forth.), however I spotted I by no means put out a lesson about truly telling time, in order that’s what this lesson is all about! Earlier than entering into it, you need to be conversant in the native and Sino-Korean quantity techniques – take a look at my lesson about these right here if you happen to haven’t! 

Additionally, I’ve a publish about telling time on my Instagram! Test it out right here! Let’s begin!

Asking for the Time

First off, if you wish to ask “what time is it?” in Korean, you may say “몇 시예요?” To be slightly extra particular, you may say “지금 몇 시예요?” that means “what time is it proper now?”


Let’s learn to merely say the fundamental hours in Korean, as in a single o’clock, two o’clock, and so forth. To take action, you’ll use the native Korean quantity system. Discover how a few of the numbers are slightly completely different – that’s only for the sake of simpler pronunciation. After every quantity, add 시, which imply “o’clock” on this case:

  • 한시 = 1 o’clock
  • 두시 = 2 o’clock
  • 세시 = 3 o’clock
  • 네시 = 4 o’clock
  • 다섯시 = 5 o’clock
  • 여섯시 = 6 o’clock
  • 일곱시 = 7 o’clock
  • 여덟시 = 8 o’clock
  • 아홉시 = 9 o’clock
  • 열시 = 10 o’clock
  • 열한시 = 11 o’clock
  • 열두시 =  12 o’clock

So, you can say 지금은 9시예요, that means “it’s 9 o’clock proper now,” or 7시에 시작돼요, that means “it begins at 7 o’clock,” for example.


Minutes, however, use the Sino-Korean quantity system. Merely say no matter variety of minutes you’re speaking about, and add 분 on the tip, that means “minutes” after the hour For instance:

  • 다섯시 사십구분 = 5:49 
  • 다섯시 = 5 o’clock
  • 사십구분 = 49 minutes

If you wish to say one thing like 8:30, you may say the next:

  • 여덟시 삼십분
  • 여덟시 반 
  • 반 means “half,” so that is like how we are saying “half previous 8″ in English.

AM and PM

You is perhaps questioning if individuals in Korea use the 24 hour clock – in lots of Okay-dramas, the character’s telephones will say one thing like 17:00 as an alternative of 5:00 p.m. Based on 90daykorean.com, nevertheless, you’ll usually hear individuals say “it’s 5 p.m.” fairly than “it’s 17 o’clock.” So right here’s the way you say that!

  • 오전 = AM (actually “earlier than midday”)
  • 오전 열시에 영어 수업이 있어요. = I’ve English class at 10 a.m.
  • 오후 = PM (actually “after midday”)
  • 저는 오후 여섯시에 자요. = I’m going to mattress at 6 p.m.

Listed below are some charts to summarize all of this!


Speaking about Elapsed Time

If you wish to say one thing like “I drove for five hours,” you’ll connect 시간 to the native Korean quantity and 분 to the Sino-Korean quantity. For instance:

  • 저는 다섯 시간 동안 운전했어요. = I drove for 5 hours.
  • 동안 means “throughout” and can be utilized for speaking about time frames like on this sentence, even when it doesn’t essentially translate to “throughout.”
  • 한 시간 걸려요. = It takes one hour.
  • 두 시간 반 동안 읽었어요. = I learn for 2 and a half hours.
  • (impressed by sentences on Naver Dictionary) 여기서 자동차로 서울까지 세 시간 이십분 걸려요. = It takes 3 hours and 20 minutes from right here to Seoul by automobile.

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