# Counting Months

I almost skipped this lesson.  I have posted topics on counting years and weeks already.  Months can be counted with either pure Native Korean or Sino-Korean numerals.  Months(in duration) can be counted in Korean using 달 (dal, native) or 개월 (gae wol, Sino-Korean) as marker.  So one month can be expressed as 한 달 (han dal) or 일 개월 (il gaewol).

In talking about months as in January, February March etc, knowing how to count 1 to 12 in Sino-Korean plus the constant marker 월 (wol)  followed by optionally pronounced marker 달 (dal) is the key.  In a mathematical expression the formula is <Sino-Korean Number>+ 월 + 달.

Below are the months in Korea, 달 is enclosed in parenthesis indicating it’s optionally pronounced:

• 일월 (달) – ilwol (dal), January
• 이월 (달) – iwol (dal), February
• 삼월 (달) – samwol (dal), March
• 사월 (달)  – sawol (dal), April
• 오월 (달)  – owol (dal), May
• 유월 (달)  – yuwol (dal), June
• 칠월 (달) – chilwol (dal), July
• 팔월 (달) – palwol (dal), August
• 구월 (달) – guwol (dal), September
• 시월 (달) – shiwol (dal), October
• 십일월 (달) – shipilwol (dal), November
• 십이월 (달) – shipiwol (dal), December

## 4 Replies to “Counting Months”

1. gdekel says:

A.Thank you for this wonderful site
B spelling mistake: 집일월 should be 십일월 and 집이월 should be 십이월.

2. janeybei says:

고마와요. I really need some proofreading before posting 🙂 I only use global IME for Korean character input so it’s kinda hard too as my keyboard is not descriptive of the actual character.

3. Just a question from a yearning-to-learn-korean person, which is me:

When i watch korean shows they hardly count like:

il, i, sam, sa, o, yuk, chil…