Whether you’re traveling in Korea or conversing with Korean speakers closer to home, the Rocket Korean team will teach you how to talk about the climate and the current weather conditions in Korean.
We hope you don’t encounter any extreme weather, but to be on safe side we’ll teach you some words for that too. It’s good to be prepared and know what to expect, so let’s get started!
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As Korea experiences extremes in weather patterns, this matter is generally on people’s minds. Numoo choowuyo. (It’s so cold!) or Numoo duwuyo. (it’s so hot!) are some handy conversation starters that you should memorize…just don’t get them confused!
Here are some more phrases you can use…
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It's so hot!
It's so cold!
Nice weather, isn't it?
Awful weather, isn't it?
날씨 아주 좋은데요?
Naltsi ajoo joeundeyo?
What a lovely day!
Is it going to rain, snow or hail? Will the sun shine all day? Will it be a great day for going to the beach or shall we go to the art gallery instead? You might like to know what the weather is doing before making any plans. You can find out about the weather by asking one of the following questions…
Naltsi ga utdaeyo?
What's the weather like?
내일 날씨가 어떨가요?
Naeil naltsi ga utdulkgayo?
What will the weather be like tomorrow?
There are a lot of possible answers to that question. Here are the most common ones…
You can use the word "numoo" for all of the above phrases to emphasize that it’s not just cold or warm, but very cold or very warm. For example:
It's very cold.
Numoo tdatdeut haeyo
It's very warm.
It's very hot.
너무 바람 불어요.
Numoo baram booruyo
It's very windy.
When talking about rain you can use the following expressions.
비가 오고 있어요.
Biga ogo itsuyo.
If it starts raining suddenly, and you’ve forgotten your umbrella at home, you may need to buy one.
[...] 어디서 사요?
[…] udisuh sayo?
Where can I buy a/an […]?
If you are planning to travel in Korea during winter you’ll definitely need to know the next two sentences! Let me assure you, there will be plenty of opportunities to use them.
눈이 오고 있어요.
Noon ee ogo itsuyo.
Here are some more words that describe certain weather conditions…
That’s all for today! The vocabulary you have just learned will be very easy to practice - you just need to walk outside and see what the weather is doing, then practice exclaiming loudly about the conditions in Korean!
Talking about the weather is an essential skill when traveling around Korea, other essential topics to know are talking about family in Korean or going out in Korean, both big parts of Korean culture! Try these Korean lessons today!
Anyoung hee gaseyo!
Sujung Lee: Rocket Korean
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