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“Moon” in Korean – Vocabulary on the Earth’s satellite

Did you know that the word for “moon” in Korean is very easy to remember? Read on as we teach you how to say it plus other related Korean words in this article!

Today we’ll quickly learn how to say “moon” in Korean.

A night sky with crescent moon and clouds

An essential but simple piece of vocabulary is this object in the sky that’s vital for life on Earth as well: the moon. Besides beautifully illuminating our night skies, it’s also the moon that holds our planet in the right place with its gravity, manages our high and low tides, and is somewhat in charge of our weather, climate, and animals’ migration cycle.

Without the moon, there would be no life on Earth. Thus, shouldn’t we all know how to say this important noun in any language? We’ll go over related vocabulary, so that after this you will be ready to talk about the moon in all of its shapes throughout the month, such as the full moon and the crescent moon.

Are you ready to get started?

Different words for “moon” in Korean

In Korean, there are several words that can be used to say “moon” which depends on the context.

달 (dal)

The basic word for “moon” in the Korean language is 달 (dal).

When it comes to the word moon and all the related words, this is the word to remember. So, in a way, you can sigh of relief right now, as you do not need to learn numerous different words which would all mean moon.

Having only one syllable, its pronunciation is also quite easy, making it easy to remember too.

Sample sentences:

달이 떴어요 (dari tteosseoyo)

The moon came up.

달이 아주 밝네요 (dari aju bangneyo)

The moon is so bright.

다음 보름달은 언제예요? (daeum boreumdareun eonjeyeyo?)

When is the next full moon?

오늘 밤 달빛이 얼마나 밝은지 봐요! (oneul bam dalbichi eolmana balgeunji bwayo!)

Look at how bright the moonlight is tonight!

The word 달 (dal) is also used to say “month.”

Sample sentences:

다음 달에 부산에 갈 거예요 (daeum dare busane gal geoyeyo)

I will go to Busan next month.

한국에 산 지 몇 달 됐어요? (hanguge san ji myeot dal dwaesseoyo?)

How many months have you lived in Korea?

위성 (wiseong)

Another word related to “moon” is 위성 (wiseong), which means “satellite.” However, since the moon is Earth’s satellite, 위성 (wiseong) can be used to describe the moon. We’ve added an example in the sample sentences section below.

Sample sentence:

달은 지구의 위성이다. (dareun jiguui wiseongida)

The moon is a satellite of the earth.

Below you can find a list of words that are related to the word and concept of the moon somehow.

Korean words for moon phases

Here you can quickly check out the Korean term for each different moon phase.

New moon신월 (sinwol)
Crescent moon (at the start of the moon cycle)초승달 (choseungdal)
First quarter moon상현달 (sanghyeondal)
Half moon반달 (bandal)
Full moon보름달 (boreumdal)
Full moon만월 (manwol)
Last quarter moon하현달 (hahyeondal)
Crescent moon (at the end of the moon cycle)그믐달 (geumeumdal)

Here are other words related to “moon.”

Beginning of the month초승 (choseung)
End of the month그믐 (geumeum)
Fortnight보름 (boreum)
Half반 (ban)
Month월 (wol)
New신 (sin)
Moonlight달빛 (dalbit)
Light빛 (bit)
Lunar eclipse월식 (wolsik)
Total eclipse of the moon개기 월식 (gaegi wolsik)
Observing total eclipse of the moon개기월식을 관측하다 (gaegiwolsigeul gwancheukada)
Orbit궤도 (gwedo)
Solar eclipse일식 (ilsik)
Twilight황혼 (hwanghon)
Twilight땅거미 (ttanggeomi)
High tide고조 (gojo)
Low tide저조 (jeojo)
Moon landing달 착륙 (dal changnyuk)

Wrap Up

And now you know how to say “moon” in Korean, as well as its related vocabulary! Perhaps you’ve even learned a little about the moon’s functions and cycles.

Next up, impress your friends by also learning more about the moon’s sister visible during the day, sun. Our article on sun in Korean will teach you about it. Or perhaps you’d like to move onto another related topic and learn about the Korean calendar, which uses lunar – so moon – cycles to determine important events?

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