How to Tell Dates in Korean


Take a look at the calendar and if you can tell the current date in Korean, then you probably don’t have to read this note and pick other ones that interest you instead. Otherwise, stay a bit longer and learn how tell the dates that matter in your life.

Let’s begin with the keywords. The word for year in Korean is month is , and day is . These one-syllable words are attached to Sino-Korean numbers to express dates. Hence, 1990 is 1990, October is 10, and 9th is 9. If we merge them together, it becomes 1990 10 9 and is read like this- 천구백팔십칠년 시월 구일.

As you see, the year comes first before anything else and is the most complicated to read. The number 10 in Sino-Korean is , but October is read as 시월 without the . It’s easier to pronounce though. Lastly, there is no comma or slash that separates them.

When we tell dates in English, we actually use the preposition on, and as you know Korean has a common word for basic prepositions and that is . Where do we put it? Just right after . Let’s say I was born on October 9, 1990. In Korean we say 저는 1990 10 9일에 태어났습니다태어나다 means to be born.

However, when we talk about a certain day of the current month, we don’t need to say the month like we do in English. We can simply say on the ninth as in I didn’t go to school on the ninth (of this month) and in Korean that is 내가 9일에 학교를  갔어.

What if it’s not the current month but still on the same year? Then, include the specific month as in 그녀가 12 1일에 도착했어요. (She arrived on the first of December). Now, can you tell us the current date or your birthday?'