Sometimes the sky above is clear and blue, sometimes it’s dark and filled with sparkling stars. And sometimes the sky is a sheet of grey, when it’s hiding behind a ton of clouds. No matter the color, weather, or time of day, the sky is always present above us all, even when we pay no mind to it.
To celebrate that fabulous vastness above, we present you with the lesson for how to say ‘sky’ in Korean. We’ve already covered a similar topic with the article How To Say ‘Heaven’ In Korean, but we can guarantee you’ll learn something new today as well. Here we go!
‘Sky’ in Korean
The correct word for how to say sky in Korean is 하늘 (haneul). A simple and gorgeous word, the only one for sky there is! Heaven is on occasion referred to by the word 하늘 (haneul), as you may remember from our lesson dedicated to the word ‘heaven’, but for sky there is nothing interchangeable that you can use. Don’t you like how easy this word is to remember? If you still need a mnemonic for it, you could try thinking of the word 한글 (hangeul) but the “g” has fallen down from the sky and hit your head! It’s just 하늘 (haneul) now!
Instead of many versions of ‘sky’ to remember there are many ways to describe the different appearances of the sky. Here’s a nifty list you can look to next time when you want to describe the sky to your Korean friends:
흐린하늘 (heurinhaneul) – cloudy sky
밤하늘 (bamhaneul) – a night sky
구름 한 점 없는 하늘 (gureum han jeom obneun haneul) – a cloudless sky
푸른 하늘 (phureun haneul) – blue sky, azure sky
하늘색 (haneulsaek) – sky-blue
옅은 색의 하늘 (yeotheun saeke haneul) – a pale sky
쪽빛 하늘 (jjokbit haneul) – an indigo sky
핏빛으로 물든 하늘 (phitbicheuro muldeun haneul) – a blood-red sky
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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?
하늘이 갑자기 어두워졌고 비가 강하게 오기 시작했어요. (haneuri gabjaki eoduwojyeotgo bika ganghake oki shijakhaesseoyo.)
The sky suddenly went dark and it began to rain heavily.
오늘은 하늘이 아주 아름다워 보이네! (oneureun haneuri aju areumdaweo boine!)
The sky looks so beautiful today!
봐! 지금 하늘에 아름다운 무지개가 떠 있어! (bwa! Jigeum haneure areumdaun mujigaega ddeo isseo!)
Look! There’s a beautiful rainbow hanging in the sky right now!
So now you know how to say ‘sky’ in Korean. You could say that “the sky’s the limit!” 😉
You can now use this word along with other Korean phrases you’ve learned and start conversing in Korean!
Now ‘the sky’s the limit’ in your quest to master Korean vocabulary, what word would you like to know how to say next? Let us know in the comments below and don’t forget to check back again for more useful Korean to supercharge your learning!
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