How To Read The Date In Korean | easy Korean Date Format

Does learning Korean numbers fried your brain yet? if not, try saying the date in Korean like this?

이천오 년 십이 월 이십오 일 

Does it make any sense to you?

Of course not.

In English, It’s December 25th, 2005.

To the untrained eye, it’s almost like you are learning a secret code, and once you know the basics, it all makes sense!

But dates aren’t that straightforward.

There’s a whole other world to it than just reading some numbers on the Korean calendar.

Well, don’t worry? We’ve got you covered.

In this complete guide, we’ll teach you how to write Korean dates with the days of the week and months all in one place. We’ll even provide audio, free printable flashcards, worksheets, Korean lesson pdfs and infographic cheat sheets, examples, and exercises that will help you master this tricky topic.

So, what are you waiting for?

Let’s dig into the core…

date in korean

How do you write the date in Korean? The Correct Way

To say the date in Korean, we start with the year, followed by months and days. To say a year in Korean, we add the (nyeon) to the end. (-is a counter for years ) with Sino Korean numbers. Secondly, months in Korean are just numbers in Sino Korean with the ending 월 [wol]. And thirdly, to say the days in Korean, write the days in Sino Korean and add at the end.

date in korean

Here is the basic structure of each date in Korean

[ year in Sino Korean numbers] + 년 + [ month number] + 월 [wol] + [Sino Korean number] + 일

Before you practice, it’s best to know how to count Korean numbers 1-100 and beyond (at least 4 digit numbers).

Do you know how to count in Korean using Sino Korean Numbers yet?

Let me show you some examples.

5th December 2021- 이천이십일년 +십이월 +오일
 23th February 2022-이천이십이년+이월 +이십삼일
 1st January1997 – 천구백구구십칠+일월 +일일
31st March 1982 – 천구백구팔십이년+삼월 +삼십일일
 13th August 1990 -천구백구구십년+ 팔월 +십삼일
15th July1994 -천구백구구십사년+ 칠월 +십오일

Let me walk you through each part of this date so you can see how we get from the English date into something that looks like “09.01.2016” in Korean.

How to Say Years in Korean?

date in korean

Let’s start with years in Korean.

Unlike English, Korean doesn’t divide the numbers into two groups. Instead, they say in whole, like you can read 2020 as 이천이십년(ichonisipnyeon)

To say years in Korean, you can say the year number in Sino Korean numbers and simply add 년 after the year ( nyeon is the year unit).

[ year in Sino Korean numbers] + 년

Let me show you with some example

  • 2021 =이천이십일년(ichonisibilnyeon) =2×1000+ 2x 10+ 1=이천 (icheon)+ 이십 (isip)+ 일 (il) +년(nyeon)
  • 2020 =이천이십년(ichonisipnyeon) = 2×1000+ 2x 10= 이천 (icheon)+ 이십 (isip) +년(nyeon)
  • 2022= 이천이십이년(ichonisibinyeon) = 2×1000+ 2x 10+ 2 =이천 (icheon)+ 이십 (isip)+ 이 (ee) +년(nyeon)
  • 1990 = 천구백구구십년(chongubaekkkusipnyeon) = 1000x 9+ 100x 9 + 10x 9 – 천구(chongu)+백구(baekkku)+구십(kusip) +년(nyeon)
  • 1994 = 천구백구구십사년(chongubaekkkusipssanyeon) = 1000x 9+ 100×9+ 10×9 +4 = 천구(chongu)+백구(baekkku)+구십(kusip)+사(sa) +년(nyeon)
  • 1997 = 천구백구구십칠년(chongubaekkkusipchilnyeon) = 1000x 9+100×9+10×9+7- 천구(chongu)+백구(baekkku)+구십(kusip)+칠 (chil) +년(nyeon)
  • 2001 = 이천이년(ichonilnyeon) = 1000×2+1-이천 (icheon)+ 이(il) +년(nyeon)
  • 1982 = 천구백구팔십이년-(chongubaekpalsibinyeon) = 1000×9+100×9+10×8+2- 천구(chongu)+백구(baekkku)+팔십(palsip)+ 이 (i)+년(nyeon)

The Easy Way to Count Years in the Korean language?

Here is how to count years in Korean language. Just simply add 년 after the number of years you want to count. Korean use Sino Korean numbers to say the number of years to want to count.

Sino Korean Numbers + 년

  • 일 년 – one year일(0ne)+ 년
  • 이 년 – two years
  • 삼 년 – three years
  • 사 년 – four years
  • 오 년 – five years
  • 육 년 – six years
  • 칠 년 – seven years
  • 팔 년 – eight years
  • 구 년 – nine years
  • 십 년 – ten years

When you meet someone for the first time, often the first question that people ask is, “How old are you?”

In Korean culture, age is not just necessary for things like whether you are old enough to drink alcohol, but for a whole variety of social interactions in Korea.

how to coun your age in Korean?

If you’re curious to know “what’s my Korean age,” there are three simple ways to get the answer.
Here’s a complete guide on How to Count Age in Korean and talk about it. (free printable flashcards included)

How Would You Say Months In Korean?

months in korean

In English, you need to memorize new words every month. But in Korean, you don’t!

and here’s how to do it.

A month in Korean is called 월 (wol). To say the months, just add a month number in Sino Korean followed by 월 (wol). A month number means January is the first month of the year, February is the second month of the year, and so on.

Here’s the structure to say “months” in Korean.

[ month number in Sino korean] + 월 [wol]

Here’s a list of all the months in Korean with hangul and pronunciation.

  • January – 일월 (irwol) – 일(1)+ 월(wol)
  • February – 이월 (iwol) -이(2)+ 월(wol)
  • March – (삼월)(samwol) – 삼(3)+ 월(wol)
  • April -(사월) (sawol) – 사(4)+ 월(wol)
  • May -오월(owol)- 오(5)+ 월(wol)
  • June -유월 (yuwol)
  • July -칠월 (chirwol)- 칠(7)+ 월(wol)
  • August -팔월(parwol) – 팔(8)+ 월(wol)
  • September -구월(guwol) – 구(9)+ 월(wol)
  • October -시월(siwol)
  • November -십일월 (sibirwol) – 십일(11)+ 월(wol)
  • December -십이월(sibiwol) – 십이(12)+ 월(wol)

For example, say August (which is the 8th month of the year). So add “8” is 팔 (pal) in Korean, followed by 월 (wol), meaning “months.” So it becomes (팔월) (palwol).”

Wow! Did you know that June[유월 (yuwol)] and October[시월(siwol)] are not following the pattern?

The real reason is simple.

“육월” and “십월” are a little difficult to say.

How To Count months in Korean

When you are counting months in Korean, like 2 months, 3 months, 9 months, and so on…, just add the counter- 달 after month numbers in native Korean numbers.

Native + = Cardinal

  • 한 달 – one month
  • 두 달 – two months
  • 세 달 – three months
  • 네 달 – four months
  • 다섯 달 – five months
  • 여섯 달 – six months
  • 일곱 달 – seven months
  • 여덟 달 – eight months
  • 아홉 달 – nine months
  • 열 달 – ten months

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Example sentences

  • I took a Korean class for 4 months
  • 저는 두 달 동안 한국어 수업을 들었어요
  • I took an English class for 7 months
  • 저는 이 개월 동안 한국어 수업을 들었어요

Korean Date Format: How to Say “Days” in Korean?

To say days in Korean language, All you need to do is say the date number in the Sino-Korean number system and add the counter 일 [il] after it.(일 [il] means “day” in Korean)

[Sino Korean number] + 일

For Example

  • 1st-1+ 일- 일일     
  • 2nd -2+일 – 이일
  • 3rd- 3+일 – 삼일   
  •  4th- 4+일 – 사일
  • 5th-5+일 – 오일
  • 6th -6+일 – 육일
  •  7th-7+일 – 칠일
  • 8th-8+일- 팔일
  • 9th – 9+일- 구일
  • 10th – 10+일- 십일
  • 29th – 29+일- 이십구일
  • 30th- 30+일- 삼십일
  • 31-31+ 일- 삼십일일

For example

5th December- 십이월 오일
 23rd February – 이월 이십삼일
 1st January – 일월 일일
31st march -삼월 삼십일일
 13th August. -팔월 십삼일
15th July – 칠월 십오일
22st September -구월 이십이일

Still there. I am so proud of you

So, what’s next?

How to count “Days” In Korean?

DAYS IN KOREAN

Here’s how to count days in Korean from 1day to 30 days with hangul and pronunciation.

  • One day – 하루 (ha-ru)
  • Two days – 이틀 (i-teul)
  • Three days – 사흘 (sa-heul)
  • Four days – 나흘 (na-heul)
  • Five days – 닷새 (dat-sae)  
  • Six days – 엿새 (yeot-sae)
  • Seven days – 이레 (i-re)
  • Eight days – 여드레 (yeo-deu-re)
  • Nine days – 아흐레 (a-heu-re)
  • Ten days – 열흘 (yeol-heul)

You don’t have to remember everything from one day to 30 days. Koreans don’t really use it in all of their everyday life conversations because it is really an old way to count days.

But only 6 of them (i.e. one day, 2days, 3days, 4 days, 10days, and 15 days) used a lot of time and the others just use the roman number instead.

The Korean lunar calendar doesn’t have a 31st. so you can count from 1st to 30th.

In the middle of the month (from 11 days to 20 days),

  • 11 days – 열하루 (yeolha-ru)
  • 12 days – 열이틀 (yeoli-teul)
  • 13 days – 열사흘 (yeolsa-heul)
  • 14 days – 열나흘 (yeolna-heul)
  • 15 days – 보름(boreum)
  • 16 days – 열엿새 (yeolyeot-sae)
  • 17 days – 열이레 (yeoli-re)
  • 18 days – 열여드레 (yeolyeo-deu-re)
  • 19 days – 열아흐레 (yeola-heu-re)
  • 20 days -스무날 (seumunal)

The last 10 days of the month(from 21 days to 30 days)

  • 21 days -스무하루(seumu ha-ru)
  • 22 days -스무이틀 (seumui-teul)
  • 23 days -스무사흘 (seumusa-heul)
  • 24 days – 스무나흘 (seumu na-heul)
  • 25 days – 스물닷새 (seumu dat-sae)
  • 26 days – 스무엿새 (seum uyeot-sae)
  • 27 days – 스무이레 ( seumu i-re)
  • 28 days -스무여드레 (seumu yeo-deu-re)
  • 29 days -스무아흐레 (seumu a-heu-re)
  • 30 days -그믐(geumeum)

EXAMPLE SENTENCES

I have to work three more days.
사흘 더 일해야 한다. – saheul do ilhaeya handa
Let me borrow this dress for one day.
하루만 이 원피스 빌려 줘. – haruman i wonpiseu bilryo jwo
There are two days left.
이틀 남았어요.- iteul namassoyo
I studied for two days.
이틀 동안 공부했어요.- iteul dongan gongbuhaessoyo
I ate gamja-tang for 2 days
이틀 동안 감자탕을 먹었어요. – iteul dongan gamjatangeul mogossoyo

How To Say Seven Days Of The Week In Korean: The Ultimate Easy Way.

days of the week in korean

The Korean word for days of the week is 요일 (yo-il). To say all 7 days of the week in Korean, all you have to do is memorize “wol-hwa-su-mok-geum-to-il”( 월-화-수-목-금-토-일 ) and add “요일”(yo-il) at the end.

And voila!! Say hello to your new BFF, the days of the week in Korean!

Still, confused?

Alright, let’s get deeper with this.

Here’s the structure to say Korean days of the week!

월/화/수/목/금/토/일(wol-hwa-su-mok-geum-to-il) + 요일(yo-il)

If you want to know how to say the first days of the workweek i.e. Monday in Korean, it’s 월요일.(월(wol) + 요일 (yo-il).

Here is how to say all the days of the week in Korean (from Monday to Sunday) with hangul, translation, and pronunciation.

  • Monday – 월요일( wol-yo-il) – 월(wol) + 요일 (yo-il)
  • Tuesday  – 화요일(hwa-yo-il) – 화 (hwa) + 요일(yo-il)
  • Wednesday–    수요일(su-yo-il) – 수(su) + 요일 (yo-il)
  • Thursday –     목요일(mok-yo-il) – 목(mok) + 요일(yo-il)
  • Friday –        금요일(geum-yo-il) – 금(geum) + 요일 (yo-il)
  • Saturday –      토요일(to-yo-il)– 토(to) + 요일(yo-il)
  • Sunday  – 일요일 (il-yo-il)– 일(il)+ 요일 (yo-il)

QUICK TIPS

Sometimes, when you are referring to several days of the week together instead of a single day just say the first letters of each day of the week in Korean only.
Let me show you what I mean
if you want to say
“Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday”
월화수 (wolhwasu) – first letters of the words
“Monday, Wednesday, Saturday”
월수금 (wolsugeum) – First letters of the word
Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday

How To Ask and anwer About Dates In Korean ?

Congrats! Now you can say Korean days of the week. why not try to ask about it 

It’s pretty easy 

Here is how 

Let’s make some simple sentences 

Asking for dates in Korean formally

What day is it today?
 오늘 무슨 요일이에요?
 Today is thursday
오늘은 목요일이에요. oneureun mogyoirieyo

Asking for dates in Korean in a causal way

While talking with close friends or younger people than you, you can ask like this:

What day is it tomorrow?
 내일 무슨 요일이야?naeil museun yoiriya
 Tomorrow is friday.
내일은 금요일이야. naeileun geumyoiriya

How To Ask A Question About Days Of Week In Korean (& Answer It)?

Congrats! Now you can say Korean days of the week. why not try to ask about it 

It’s pretty easy 

Here is how 

Let’s make some simple sentences 

Asking for days of the week in Korean formally

What day is it today?
 소주 좋아해요?soju joahaeyo
 Today is thursday
오늘은 목요일이에요.oneureun mogyoirieyo

Asking for days of the week in Korean in a causal way

While talking with close friends or younger people than you, you can ask something like this

What day is it tomorrow?
 내일 무슨 요일이야?naeil museun yoiriya
Tomorrow is friday.
내일은 금요일이야.naeileun geumyoiriya
 What day is July 4th?
 7월 4일이 무슨 요일입니까?-chil wol sa iri museun yoirimnikka?
uly 4th is monday.
 7월 4일은 월요일입니다.- chil wol sa ireun woryoirimnida

How To Memorize Days Of The Week In Korean In Minutes & Never Forgets It?

Conclusion

So that’s how you read the date in Korean, days of the week, and months using Sino Korean number system.

If it seems complicated at first, don’t worry! You just need to memorize the order of syllables for each word, and then you can start reading dates in Korean easily.

After a while, you will be able to recognize them without even thinking about it!

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