Temperature in Korean

Koreans (and everyone else except Americans ?) use Celsius instead of Fahrenheit

How to Read the Numbers:

Decimals are read like we do in English. The number before the decimal is read as a whole number. The numbers after the decimal are read individually. Read using SINO KOREAN numbers (일 이 삼). The decimal is read as 점. 0 is read as 영

Add 도 after the number for “degrees”



온도 temperature

섭씨 celsius

화씨 Fahrenheit

온기 heat / warmth

(-> this has a more pleasant nuance like “mothers heat” 엄마의 온기)

열기 heat / fever

(-> this seems hotter than 온기)

영하 below zero

영하 십삼도 negative 13 degrees (“celsius” is inferred)

절대온도 / 켈빈 Kelvin (absolute temp)

-> this is not measured in degrees!

절대 영 absolute zero


What is 0 degrees celsius in Kelvin?

-> 섭씨 0도는 절대온도로 얼마예요?

0 degrees celsius is 273.15 in Kelvin

-> 섭씨 0도는 273.15 켈빈이에요

(273.15 reads as 이백칠십삼 점 일오)

What is the temperature in seoul?

서울은 몇 도예요?

It is 34 degrees (celsius) in seoul

서울은 (섭씨) 34도예요

More on that last sentence-> Places are described as being temperature/time. (You don’t use 에)
What time is it in korea?->한국은 몇 시예요?
It is 3am in korea->한국은 새벽 3시예요
Korea is super hot in the summer-> 여름에 한국은 진짜 너무 더워요
It is Hot in korea-> 한국은 더워요



Published by Hannah & Shelbi

We are just 2 students who wish to share the love and joy of learning language through lesson posts and translations! We are doing this for fun, based on our experience and questions we ask native speakers. We are not fluent! Just passionate  ~ Hannah, Shelbi, and Jordan

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