안녕하세요? Annyounghaseyo?

There is a lot of information packed into this episode. The main expression is 'What time is it?' And, how to answer the question. Let's have a look.

First, let's practice the question. 지금 몇 시에요?

지금 - ji geum - 'Now'

몇 - myeot - 'How many'

시 - shi - 'Hours' or 'Time'

에요? - eh yo? - 'Is it?

지금 몇 시에요? - Ji geum myeot shi eh yo?

This literally means 'How many hours is it?' This is how to ask the time in Korean.

Now, the tricky part is the answer. If it was me, I would have done an entire lesson on numbers before trying to teach the time. As they mentioned, there are 2 sets of numbers in Korean. Usually, when you need to use small numbers, you will use the Korea numbers. When bigger numbers are needed, you will use Chinese numbers. So, think about the time. The hours are small numbers (1-12), so you will use Korean numbers. On the other hand, the minutes are bigger (1-59), so you have to use Chinese numbers. Also, with the Korean numbers 1-4, there is a shortened version they use when telling time. So, that's what I will show you here.

**Korean Numbers (for hours)**

**한 - han**
**두 - doo**
**세 - seh**
**네 - neh**
**다섯 - da seot**
**여섯 - yeo seot**
**일곱 - il gob**
**여덟 - yeo deol**
**아홉 - ah hob**
**열 - yeol**
**열한 - yeol han**
**열두 - yeol doo**

These are the numbers you need for the hours. So, if it's 7 o'clock or 11 o'clock, this is all you need to know. Let's practice a little.

지금 몇 시에요? Ji geum myeot shi eh yo?

지금 일곱 시에요. Ji geum il gob shi eh yo.

(Now, it's 7 o'clock.)

지금 몇 시에요? Ji geum myeot shi eh yo?

지금 열한 시에요. Ji geum yeol han shi eh yo.

(Now, it's 11 o'clock.)

Unfortunately, it's not always 2 o'clock or 10 o'clock. That would be too easy. So, we need to learn the Chinese numbers for the minutes. There are 6 numbers that you need to learn first. These numbers are 1-5, and 10. Later, I will explain why these are the most important, don't worry about that now.

**Chinese Numbers (for minutes)**

**일 - il**
**이 - ee**
**삼 - sam**
**사 - sa**
**오 - oh**

** **10.** 십 - shib**

By now, you should know that 시(shi) means 'hours.' Now you will learn a new word, which is 분(bun). This means 'minutes.'

I will attempt to explain how to use these numbers. If you want to say '10 minutes', you would say '십(shib)분(bun).' If you memorize the Chinese numbers 1-5, and 10, saying 20,30,40 etc. is very easy. If you want to say '20', you just say 2 10. 2 is 'ee' and 10 is 'shib.' So, 20 is 'ee shib.'

10 minutes - shib bun - 십분

20 minutes - ee shib bun - 이십분

30 minutes - sam shib bun - 삼십분

40 minutes - sa shib bun - 사십분

50 minutes - can you guess? oh shib bun - 오십분

Ok, I know that's a lot to digest. Take a break, really learn what I have taught here before you move on.

Now, when you are ready, proceed here. I will just provide you with several examples, I think that's the best way here.

It's 4:10. - Ji geum neh shi shib bun ee eh yo.

지금 네시 십분이에요.

It's 6:40. - Ji geum yeo seot shi sa shib bun ee eh yo.

지금 여섯시 사십분이에요.

It's 8:20. - Ji geum yeo deol shi ee shib bun ee eh yo.

지금 여덟시 이십분이에요.

If and when you have mastered this, try these below by leaving a comment. I will give feedback on anyone who answers.

지금 몇 시에요? - Ji geum myeot shi eh yo?

- It's 3:30.
- It's 1:50.
- It's 11:10.
- It's 5:15. (tricky one)
- It's 9:35. (also tricky)

Lots of important information this time. Take your time, don't rush, this site will always be here. Learn and practice a little each day. The numbers are extremely important in many different situations, so get to know those well. If you have any questions, leave a comment and I will get back to you shortly. 여러분 열심히 하고 재미있게 공부하세요!

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