### How to Tell Time in Korean

지금 몇시예요?

If you think you can answer that, you don't need to waste five
minutes reading this. Instead, tell us the time you bump into here and the
country you are from in the comment section. If possible, do not write the
numbers in figures but have them spelled out.

If you still don't know how to tell time in Korean, stay a little
bit more. It's not that hard I swear. Telling time in Korean requires the
familiarization of at least 12 Pure-Korean numbers and fifty-nine Sino-Korean
numbers. The former is used for the hour-part and the latter is used for the
minute-part.

The twelve Pure-Korean numbers are...

**하나**

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**둘**

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**셋**

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**넷**

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**다섯**

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**여섯**

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**일곱**

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**여덟**

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**아홉**

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**열**

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**열하나**

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**열둘**

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They are followed
by

**시****which is simply the counter for****hour**in Korean...**한시**

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**둘시**

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**세시**

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**네시**

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**다섯시**

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**여섯시**

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**일곱시**

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**여덟시**

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**아홉시**

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**열시**

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**열한시**

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**열두시**

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As you may notice, the first four numbers including eleven and
twelve evolve a little in actual use. If you ask why, perhaps it's the
languages' natural way to ease pronunciation.

The Sino-Korean numbers are...

**일**

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**이**

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**삼**

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**사**

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**오**

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**육**

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**칠**

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**팔**

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**구**

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**십**

I assume you already know how to read numbers beyond 10. If not,
please let me know in the comment section. Similarly, we also use the counter
for "minute" which is 분 to complete the pattern.

**일분**

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**십분**

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**이십사분**

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**삼십구분**

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**오십삼분**

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Can we use figures instead of the spelled-out forms? Of course. In
fact, that's how it is done. The above illustration is a pronunciation
guide only. Now, let's merge the two parts together.

It’s 5:15. - 5시 15분이에요. / pr. [다섯시 십오분]

It’s 12:36. - 12시 36분이에요. / pr. [열두시 삼십육분]

It’s 8:45. - 8시 45분이에요. / pr. [여덟시 사십오분]

To emphasize that it's the time "now", we can add the
word "지금" at the beginning as in
"지금 5시 15분이에요". When the time is sharp, we simply take the minute-part
out.

It’s six o’clock. - 6 시예요. / pr. [여섯시]

It’s one o’clock. - 1시에요. / pr. [한 시]

It’s 10 o’clock. - 10시예요. / pr. [열시]

Lastly, when the time is "half past" something, we
use 반 instead of 삼십.

It’s 5:30. - 5시반이에요. / pr. [다섯시반]

It’s 2:30. - 2시반이에요. / pr. [두시반]

Its's 10:30. - 10시반이에요. / pr. [열시반]