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How To Say 'Snow' In Korean

It’s winter again, and when you look out the window, you see white powdery flakes falling from the sky. You’re excited that it’s snowing and wish to tell your Korean friends all about it. But, you find yourself flinching. Perhaps you don’t yet know how to say ‘snow’ in Korean. Maybe you’ve forgotten what the word for snow in Korean is and need a refresher. Or maybe you just need reassurance that the word for ‘snow’ in Korean you think is correct is indeed the right one.

Whatever reason brought you here, you’re in luck! In this lesson we will cover how to say ‘snow’ in Korean, let’s get to it!

 

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‘Snow’ in Korean

Beautiful young woman blowing snow from her hands in winter.

The word for snow in Korean is 눈 (nun). That’s right, it is the same word Koreans use for the word ‘eye’. If you wish to describe the snow as falling, you can combine it either with the verb 내리다 (naerida) or the verb 오다 (oda). Remember that in this context, ‘snow’ will always be the subject of the sentence, so you need to combine the word 눈 with the subject particle 이 (i) to make the sentence grammatically correct.

 

첫눈 (cheotnun) – first snow

눈을 치우다 (nuneul chiuda) – clear away snow

 

A word of caution about Romanization

While it is possible for you to study the words in this article simply by reading their romanized versions, it will come in handy for you to be able to read Hangeul if you ever wish to come to Korea. Hangeul is the Korean alphabet, and not difficult to learn. In fact, you can learn it in just 90 minutes.

After you’ve familiarized yourself with Hangeul, life in Korea will suddenly seem so much easier and the country won’t appear so foreign for you. So, if you’re serious about learning Korean, why not learn Hangeul today?

 

Sample Sentences

The Field In Snow

Formal:

오늘은 아침에서 밤까지 눈이 내릴 것으로 예상됩니다. (oneureun achimeseo bamggaji nuni naeril geoseuro yesangdwimnida)

It is forecasted that it will snow from morning to night today.

 

Standard:

올해는 6월에도 한번 눈이 왔었어요! (orhaeneun yukwolredo hanbeon nuni wasseosseoyo!)

This year it snowed once even in June!

 

Informal:

어젯밤에 눈이 계속 많이 내리고 있었어. (eojetbame nuni gyesok manhi naerigo isseosseo)

Last night it was constantly snowing heavily.

 

보통 어느 달부터 눈이 내리기 시작해? (bothong eoneu dalbutheo nuni naerigi sijakhae?)

From which one does snowing usually begin?

 

어제 내린 눈이 벌써 살아졌네. (eoje naerin nuni beolsseo sarajyeotne)

Seems like the snow from yesterday has already melted away.

 

So now you know how to say ‘snow’ in Korean! What word would you like to learn to say next? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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