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Days of the Week in Korean | [Musical Video]

Okay, so sometimes we need a refresher! It’s been a while since I talked about the days of the week of numbers for that matter so I thought I would make a quick post to refresh your memory.

If you’re anything like me you more than likely forget how to say things sometimes if you don’t use them frequently. I have the most difficult time remembering how the days of the week and Native Korean numbers. Those two things are sadly my kryptonite so of course you may have guessed that I shy away from asking someone the time and I sometimes will respond by saying, “Eleven시 삼십분” (sigh… don’t be like me)

However, things like the video below really are super helpful when you’re learning a new language! Below is a cute short song to help you remember the days of the week. When I find more of these that I think are helpful I’ll post them here!

비즈니스 (bijeuniseu) [Word of the Day]

안녕하세요! (Annyeonghaseyo!)

Today, we’re talking “비즈니스 (bijeuniseu)” or business. The event is business related, however, just like yesterday we are combining the location particle with times and dates. Today we’re going to be using the days of the week.

회의 (hoe-ui) [noun]: “meeting”

This word is only for business related meetings and is not to be confused with 미팅 (miting) which also means “meeting” but it can also be referred to as a blind date. If you were to use that word instead of 회의 (hoe-ui), you’d have to combine it either with 비즈니스 (bijeuniseu) or 소개팅 (sogaeting). 소개팅 (sogaeting) is a meeting as well but it’s typically a marriage meeting and not a professional business meeting.

Examples (of 회의 (hoe-ui):

  • 우리는 오후 6시 30 분 회의 내일이. (ulineun ohu 6si 30 bun hoeui naeil-i) = We have a meeting tomorrow at 6:30.
  • 우리는 화요일에 회의를 가질 것이다. (ulineun hwayoil-e hoeuileul gajil geos-ida.) = We will have a meeting on Tuesday.

I threw in telling time there! Remember, if you’re confused by any of this or lost, check out the Grammar of the Week next week. I will combine all of this with a review session on each topic.

-내일까지! (naeillkkaji!)

오늘은 무슨 요일 입니까? (oneul-eun museun yoil ibnikka?) [Word of the Day Series]

안녕하세요! Annyeonghaseyo!

Earlier this week we learned, “몇시입니가?” (Myeot-si-ip-niga?) and how to respond! We learned the various ways to read time and express the time of day but now, we’re going to focus on the Days of the Week!

오늘은 무슨 요일 입니까? (oneul-eun museun yoil ibnikka?) means “What is today?” So to answer, you would say,

“오늘 은…” (oneul eun/Today is…)

일요일 (il-yoil) Sunday

월요일 (wol-yoil) Monday

화요일 (hwa-yoil) Tuesday

수요일 (su-yoil) Wednesday

목요일 (mog-yoil) Thursday

금요일 (geum-yoil) Friday

토요일 (to-yoil) Saturday

If you notice something, each day of the week is followed by the 요일 (yoil) ending. This actually means, “day of the week). It’s pretty easy right? The hangul before “요일” is actually a special name for each day of the week. If you notice, there are names that are elements for the days the week. The interesting thing I found out is that these days are actually related to planets in the solar system. Interesting right?

일 [il] = the Sun (Sunday)

월 [wol] = the Moon (Monday)

화 [hwa] = fire (Tuesday)

수 [su] = water (Wednesday)

목 [mok] = tree (Thursday)

금 [geum] = gold, iron (Friday)

토 [to] = earth, soil, ground (Saturday)

Sample conversation:

Person 1: “오늘은 무슨 요일 입니까? (oneul-eun museun yoil ibnikka?)”

Person 2: “오늘 은 화요일” (oneul eun hwa-yoil).

Now, let’s say you wanted to say the month, the ending is 월 (wol) meaning “month”. But how do you signify which month? You use the Sino-Korean Number system (1-12) with 월. For example, let’s say we were in the month of April, then you would way, “사월” (sa-wol). So “사” means 4 and “월” means month. So it’s literally, “the 4th month” or “April”.

Telling the date in Korean is actually different from English. In English, we have the standard, month/day/year format. But in Korean, it’s year/month/day. So today’s date is 11/7/2014. In Korean it would be written, 2014년11월7일. You notice the word “년 (nyeon)” behind 2014? That means year. Now I wrote the date in shorthand but it be written out in hangul using the Sino-Korean system.

So now, you can effectively tell the time and the date right? Hahaha! I know you can! So that’s it for today! Next week we’ll cover, “Today”, “Tomorrow”, “Yesterday”, “Last week”, etc.

Today, 금요일,  2014년11월7 at 오전08시10분. What time is it where you are?

-Until 월요일! … 행운을 담아