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여러분, 안녕하세요? 에이미에요. Hi, everybody! I’m Amy.
Welcome back to KoreanClass101.com’s 삼분 한국어, the fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Korean.
In the last lesson, we covered directions in Korean. Today we are going to learn how to ask for, and give, the time.
In Korean, "What time is it?" is
지금 몇 시에요?
The first word, 지금, means "now."
The next word, 몇, means "what time”
Literally, 지금 몇 시예요? means "Right now what time is it?”
When telling the hours—saying what o'clock it is—we use a native Korean number followed by 시:
1 한 시
2 두 시
3 세 시
4 네 시
5 다섯 시
6 여섯 시
7 일곱 시
8 여덟 시
9 아홉 시
10 열 시
11 열한 시
12 열두 시
Remember that the counter for minutes is 분,
and be careful, when counting minutes we use Chinese numbers, while for hours we use Korean numbers.
So 12:
20 would be 열두 시 이십 분.
AM in Korean is 오전 and PM is 오후.
The 오 means "noon," so, before noon is 오전and after noon is 오후.
So "seven AM" is 오전 일곱 시, and "eight PM" is 오후 여덟 시.
As in English, we also have special words for noon and midnight. 정오 means noon “sharp” and "midnight" means 자정.
You can also go by the hours with either daytime or night.
낮 12시 = 정오
밤 12시 = 자정
So how about early morning or late late night?!
like around 3-4 am?
we say 새벽, early morning or late night.
새벽 3시 3 AM
If it’s around 5-6 you could say 오전 depending if sun is out or not.
Now it’s time for Amy’s insights:
Unfortunately we do not have special words for a quarter hour. However, we have one for half an hour: 반.
You could say 30 minutes just like English but 반 is easy to say.
So, how would you say “it is 5:
30 PM”?
오후 5시 반
how about 5:
30 AM?
either 오전 5시 반 or 새벽 5시 반.
That's all for today—and, in fact, for the entire series! Thanks so much for watching all the 삼분 한국어 lessons. You've done a great job to come this far, but don't forget that the most important part is yet to come: get out there and practice all the Korean phrases you've learned! And be sure to check out KoreanClass101.com to take your language knowledge to the next level!
여러분, 들어 주셔 서 대단히 감사합니다!
다음 시리즈에서 또 만나요!


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Friday at 6:30 pm
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Friday at 8:13 pm
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We’re very glad you’re enjoying the lessons!

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Friday at 1:45 pm
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Thannnnnnnnnnk youuuuuu
Amy. I love you so much. I would not have done it without you soothing voice and continued encouragement.


We did it.

Thursday at 4:47 pm
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Hi Med,

Thank you for posting. To answer your question, ‘몇 시예요?’ is grammatically correct, we apologize for the typo, will get back to you with the correction.

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Wednesday at 10:43 pm
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Hi KoreanClass101 Team,

Thank you for the lesson. However, I have a little confusion for the phrase “What time is it?”.

Over here, it’s written as “몇 시에요?” but at Newbie Season 1 Lesson 18, it’s written as “몇 시예요?”.
May I know which one is grammatically correct? 에 or 예?

Thank you.


Monday at 5:16 pm
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Hi Michael,

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Please let us know if you have any questions.

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Michael Wright
Saturday at 10:31 am
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Thanks for making this series. It was a great series and I learned a lot from the material. The notes that come with the lesson are great. They were a good source for me to make flash cards from. Amy is also very clear and easy to understand.

Friday at 10:42 am
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Hi Dinh Duc Duy,

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Monday at 9:14 pm
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Hi Vinicius Maia,

Thank you for posting. There are some lessons on particles, hope these will be of help:


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Vinicius Maia
Monday at 5:20 am
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Guys, I’m having a problem. First, I’m not a english speaker, but i understand very well the idiom (I just can’t write very well, so I’m sorry if I make some mistakes here 😅 ). The problem is: I NEED TO START TO CREATE MY OWN PHRASES. I was watching the classes about vocabulary and I think I can start express myself, but I need to learn more about the particles/topics and verbs. Do you have any class about it? I mean, in videos, because, at least to me, it’s so much easy to learn - I can watch, see, and listening every thing -.

Thanks a lot