Level 2 Lesson 8 / Telling the time / 한 시, 두 시, 세 시, 네 시 …

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Now that we have learned the two different number systems in Korean, it is time to talk about the time!Through this lesson, learn how to ask and tell the time in Korean! In Korean, you use the native Korean numbers to tell the time, and the sino-Korean numbers to tell the minute. Find out more about how to go about doing this by listening to the lesson.



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신영주: http://twitter.com/syj4ever
조혜진: http://twitter.com/nowhere06

And we have two 질문 [jil-mun] for you!

1. What did 영주 say at the end? And what does it mean in English?

2. What time is it right now in your city? Write the time in the comment using Korean, not the numbers. ; )

Thank you!

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You can download a free PDF for this lesson here, or if you want to study with our TalkToMeInKorean textbooks, you can get them here. And after you learn the basics, try writing your own Korean sentences and get corrections from native speakers through HaruKorean, our 1:1 correction service.


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  • Amber

    안녕하세요!

    “저는 매일 아침 9시까지 출근해요.”
    “I get to work by 9 every morning.”

    I was wondering if I can use “부터” instead of “까지” in this sentence ?

    감사합니다.

  • http://TalkToMeInKorean.com Nikkie

    지금 여덟 시 마흔두 시분 이에요.
    “Now, it’s 8:42.”

  • http://TalkToMeInKorean.com Nikkie

    I meant to say “지금 여덟 시 사십이 이 에요.” I made a mistake.

    • http://talktomeinkorean.com/ Talk To Me In Korean

      The most natural way to say that will be “지금 여덟시 사십분이에요.” :)

  • dramabunster

    지금 열두시 이십사 분이에요
    Now it’s 12:24

  • Timothy Lim

    지금한시십육분
    Now it is 1.16

    • Seokjin Jin

      지금 한시 사십육분이에요.

      You missed spacings. :)

    • Timothy Lim

      oh… thx for correcting me ^^

  • Maxim

    지금 열시 십육분이에요.
    Now it is 11:13
    감사합니다 for really good lessons!)))

    • Seokjin Jin

      Thanks for your comment.

  • Sunny Lux

    저는 매일 밤 열시 드라마를 봐요. I watch drama every night at 10 o’clock and can it literally mean “I watch drama everyday at 10pm”?
    지금은 오후세시 십오분이에요. Now it’s 3:15pm and I can say 오후세시 십오분이에요 지금, right?

    • Seokjin Jin

      Yes, you can also move 지금 to the end. :)

  • Emily Norwood

    여기 두 시 십구 분 이에요 아침에. 늦게예요. 그리고 두 시 삼 분 잘 거예요.

    • Seokjin Jin

      새벽 2시 19분이었어요? 피곤하겠어요.