In this article, we will be learning about how to say seasons in Korean. Possibly you’ve already checked our lesson for months in Korean, but we’ll also identify and describe what season takes place in those months.
If you’re in the search for things related to the Korean seasons and weather, this lesson is perfect for you. This may come in handy if you plan to visit the Land of the morning calm during a certain season. By the end of the lesson, you may very well be able to describe the seasons and even mark your calendar for these seasons in Korean!
Seasons in Korean
Countries in the world have different types of seasons depending on their location. This is determined by certain temperatures, weather conditions, and most importantly, the Earth’s position in relation to the sun. But for this lesson, we’ll focus more on how to say words related to season in Korean!
How to say “seasons” in Korean?
There are different seasons in Korea but the Korean word for “season” is 계절 (gyejeol).
How many seasons are there in Korea?
What are the four seasons in Korean?
Now we know that there are four seasons in Korea. Let us now learn how to say and describe each of them in the Korean language. In addition, it is advantageous to know each season in the Korean language to explain your home country’s climate and different seasons (or lack of) to a Korean friend.
Spring in Korean
The word for spring in Korean is 봄 (bom). In Korea, it is a fairly short season, but a beautiful one when all the flowers, like the various tree blossoms, bloom.
Summer in Korean
여름 (yeoreum) is the term for summer in Korean. It’s hot and humid, with a monsoon season squeezed in, season in Korea. In the summertime, the perfect place for a quick summer getaway is the beach. Beach in Korean is called 해변 (haebyeon). While the sea or ocean in Korean is 바다 (bada).
Autumn in Korean
Another short but beautiful season in Korea is autumn, or 가을 (gaeul) in Korean. You would also use 가을 (gaeul) to say fall in Korean. It’s the time of year the mountainous country is filled with beautifully colored leaves.
Winter in Korean
The last (and first) season in the year, winter in Korean is called 겨울 (gyeoul). Lasting for around three months, temperatures drop in Korea in the wintertime. Snow in Korean, which is the first thing to come to mind when talking about winter is 눈 (nun). In many parts of Korea, it can be quite snowy during winter!
When do these seasons occur each year?
This question is often asked especially when people have travel plans to Korea. If you are visiting in a certain month and you need to know what season it will be, read on!
What months is spring in Korea?
Spring in Korea normally happens between April and June. It’s said to be the best time to visit because it’s when the temperature is just right and all the flowers bloom.
What months is summer in Korea?
The summer season is usually just from July to August. It’s short but it can get really hot and humid.
What months is autumn in Korea?
Autumn is another great time to travel to Korea which is between September to November. Chuseok or the Korean Thanksgiving is also celebrated during this season.
What months is winter in Korea?
If you plan to visit Korea to enjoy a variety of winter festivals, it’s best to go between December to March. Make sure to mark your calendar for this!
Weather in Korean
Great, now you know how to say the four seasons in Korean! So, let’s move on to the list below and learn some weather vocabulary in the Korean language with its English counterpart. With this vocabulary, it will also be possible to describe and understand daily forecasts.
|below zero||영하 (yeongha)|
|rain ||비 (bi)|
|to rain||비가 오다 (biga oda)|
|rainy day||비오는 날 (bioneun nal)|
|downpour ||폭우 (pogu)|
|cloudy, overcast ||흐리다 (heurida)|
|rain shower ||소나기 (sonagi)|
|sunrise||동틀녘, 일출 (dongteullyeok, ilchul)|
|sunset||노을, 일몰, 석양, 해질녘 (noeul, ilmol, seongnyang, haejillyeok)|
|dry, arid ||건조 (geonjo)|
|drought ||가뭄 (gamum)|
|humid ||습하다 (seupada)|
|cold ||춥다, 차갑다 (chupda, chagapda)|
|chilly ||쌀쌀하다 (ssalssalhada)|
|heatwave ||폭염 (pongnyeom)|
|windy day||바람 부는 날 (baram buneun nal)|
|fog, mist||안개 (angae)|
|foggy||안개가 끼다 (angaega kkida)|
|light breeze||남실바람, 경풍 (namsilbaram, gyeongpung)|
|thunder ||천둥 (cheondung)|
|snowy day||눈 오는 날 (nun oneun nal)|
|snowstorm, blizzard||눈보라 (nunbora)|
|snowfall ||강설, 강설량 (gangseol, gangseollyang)|
|temperate, mild ||온화하다 (onhwahada)|
|drizzle||보슬보슬 내리다 (boseulboseul naerida)|
|warm||따뜻하다, 포근하다 (ttatteuthada, pogeunhada)|
|cold front||한랭 전선 (hallaeng jeonseon)|
|warm front||온난 전선 (onnan jeonseon)|
|ice storm||얼음 폭풍 (eoreum pokpung)|
|air pressure||기압 (giap)|
|frost ||서리 (seori)|
|low pressure||저압 (jeoap)|
|wind chill ||풍속 냉각 (pungsok naenggak)|
|sleet ||진눈깨비 (jinnunkkaebi)|
Note: Minus temperatures (below zero temperatures) are said like this:
영하 7도 (yeongha 7do)
Weather in Korean
To start, the term for weather in Korean is 날씨 (nalssi). In a simple definition, it is the state of the atmosphere often describing whether it is hot or cold, wet or dry, calm or stormy. Or it could be sunny, cloudy, windy, rainy, and stormy.
Hot in Korean
There are different terms for “hot” in Korean. In this topic, the term that we will use is 덥다 (deobda). This describes the hot environment or weather.
Cool in Korean
There are different terms and meanings for “cool”, but in this lesson, we’ll focus on it as an adjective describing the weather. The term for cool in Korean in this context is 시원해요 (shiwonhaeyo). However, if you want to know the other terms for “cool”, we have another article for how to say cool in Korean.
Dry in Korean
Dry in Korean is 건조 (geonjo). This is used to describe a period where the amount of rainfall is low. This is more common in tropical countries where there are only dry and wet seasons.
Humid in Korean
Humid in Korean is 습하다 (seupada). People often experience this temperature in the summertime.
Rain in Korean
The term for rain in Korean is 비 (bi), while the lighter version of rain, which is a shower in Korean is called 소나기 (sonagi). Also, umbrella in Korean is 우산 (usan). These go hand in hand so make sure you have your umbrella with you when it rains!
Wind in Korean
Don’t you just love it when there’s a cool breeze brought by the wind? The term for wind in Korean is 바람 (baram), while the air in Korean which is often associated with it is 공기 (gonggi).
Thunder in Korean
Thunder in Korean is 천둥 (cheondung). It’s something we can expect during thunderstorms and it often appears with lightning. Lightning in Korean is lightning 번개 (beongae).
Warm in Korean
This defines a temperature that contains heat but is not enough to be called hot. There are two terms for warm in Korean which are 따뜻하다, 포근하다 (ttatteuthada, pogeunhada). On the other hand, the temperature in Korean is called 온도 (ondo).
Blizzard in Korean
Blizzard in Korean is 눈보라 (nunbora). This is defined to be a very strong snowstorm.
Nature words in Korean
Here is some nature vocabulary in the Korean language to get you started on describing what the nature around you looks like.
|coast, shore||해안 (haean)|
|ocean, sea||바다 (bada)|
|wildlife||야생 동물 (yasaeng dongmul)|
Natural disaster words in Korean
One last set of vocabulary we’ll be teaching you today is the vocabulary for natural disasters in the Korean language. These may also be useful and even interesting to learn.
|Natural disaster||자연 재해, 천재 (jayeon jaehae, cheonjae)|
|Volcano eruption||화산 폭발 (hwasan pokbal)|
|Landslide, Avalanche||산사태 (sansatae)|
|Tornado||회오리바람, 토네이도 (hoeoribaram, toneido)|
|Extreme temperature||극한 기온 (geukan gion)|
Additional related vocabulary to learn
Here are more words that will be crucial for you to learn in Korean:
Fire in Korean
There are two words for fire in Korean language, depending on how you are to use it.
The more common term for fire in Korean is 불 (bul). Specifically, this word means flame or the object of fire. This is the term you may use for the flame you see when cooking, for example. It’s also used to describe foods that are so hot they make your mouth feel like it’s on fire, like 불닭 (buldal), aka “fire chicken”. It’s also popular to call a Friday night out, playing with friends, a 불금 (bulgeum), so a “fire Friday”.
The other term for fire in Korean is 화재 (hwajae). When you see a house or a building or the equivalent on fire, this is the word to use. Specifically, it describes a disaster caused by something catching on fire.
Water in Korean
The term for water in Korean is 물 (mul). Many related words exist, but for water itself, this is the word you’ll want to use. We actually have a whole article dedicated to how to say water in Korean – perhaps a great lesson to take up next?
Sun in Korean
We have some vocabulary above for sunset and sunrise, but what’s the word for sun in Korean you may ask. Sun in Korean is called 해 (hae) which is the most common term used.
Sky in Korean
Sky in Korean is 하늘 (haneul). Looking up at the sky is how we often determine how the weather’s going to be like for the day.
Congratulations! You have now successfully reached the end of today’s highly informative lesson. So be sure to take some time to digest what you’ve just learned. But do come back after your break to tell us, using your newly learned vocabulary in the Korean language, something about your country’s climate or seasons!
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