Tuesday, 27 April 2010

몇시예요? (myod-si ye-yo?) : What time is it?

The interrogative pronoun '몇' (myod) can be attached to the noun '시' (si) to ask for the time. For instance, '몇시예요' (myod-si ye-yo?) means 'what time is it?' in English. Korean numbers (하나, 둘,셋,…) are used for the hours, whereas Sino-Korean numbers (일, 이,삼,…) are used for the minutes.

Telling the hour (Korean numbers) :

한 시 [1 o'clock] / 두 시 [2 o'clock] / 세 시 [3 o'clock] / 네 시 [4 o'clock] / 다 섯 [5 o'clock] / 여 섯 시 [6 o'clock] / 일곱 시 [7 o'clock] / 여덟 시 [8 o'clock] / 아홉 시 [9 o'clock] / 열 시 [10 o'clock] / 열한 시 [11 o'clock] / 열 두 [12 o'clock]

Note that 하나 change become 한, 둘 become 두, 셋 become 세 and 넷 become 네.

Example :
1:40 = 한시사십분 (han-si sa-sip bun) 
2:30 = 두시삼십분 (du-si sa-sip bun) or 
           두시반 (du-si ban), (ban) means 'half'
2:45 = 두시사십오분 (du-si sa-sip o-bun) or 
            세시십오분 전(ne-si sip-o-bun chon), 전 (chon) means 'before'

A : 지금몇시예요? (chi-gem myod-si ye-yo?) 
     What time is it now?
B : 여덟시반이에요? (yo-dol-si ban-i-ye-yo) 
      It's 8:30

Vocabulary :
오전 (o-chon)          :  forenoon, A.M
오호 (o-ho)              :  afternoon, P.M
아침 (a-ch'im)         :  morning
점심 (jom-sim)        :  lunchtime, noon
서녁 (so-nyog)         :  evening
(bam)                 :  night
(si )                    :  hour

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