How To Say ‘Tomorrow’ In Korean

Some of the most convenient Korean words to learn are ‘today’, ‘tomorrow’, and ‘yesterday’. In this lesson, you will learn how to say tomorrow in Korean, read on for explanations, tips to remember it and sample sentences!

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How to Say ‘Tomorrow’ in Korean – 80/20*


     Tomorrow  – 내일 (naeil)


How to remember (association):

     I’m gonna nail that test tomorrow. (내일| naeil)


*80/20 Pareto Principle – The 20% you should learn that will give you 80% of the results.

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‘Tomorrow’ in Korean

Similar to ‘today’ and ‘yesterday’ there are a variety of ways for how to say tomorrow in Korean, depending on which meaning you wish to express. The basic way to say tomorrow, as in the day that comes after tomorrow, is using the word 내일 (naeil).

명일 (myeongil) means tomorrow with the same meaning as 내일 (naeil). However, this version of the word is derived from Chinese and not used as often. Its usage is also usually limited to official use and academics.

One more word that means tomorrow in Korean is 장래 (jangnae). However, the meaning of this one is closer to ‘near future’ rather than ‘the day after today’, so be careful when using it.


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To remember how to say tomorrow in Korean we’ll create an English association for it. This can be any word, phrase, or image that helps you recall the Korean word and its meaning.

So how can we remember 내일? It sounds like the English word nail.


I’m gonna nail that test tomorrow. (내일 | naeil)

What associations can you think up to remember 내일 (naeil)? Remember, the more unique or strange the story is, the easier it is to remember.


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’re planning to come to Korea. Hangeul is the Korean alphabet, and not difficult to learn. In fact, you can learn it in just 90 minutes.

Once you get familiar with Hangeul, living in Korea will be much easier and comfortable. The country won’t be so foreign to you. So, if you’re serious about learning Korean, why not learn Hangeul today?


Sample Sentences

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Standard Examples:

1. 저는 내일 고향으로 돌아가요. → I go back to my hometown tomorrow.

(jeoneun naeil gohyangeuro doragayo.) 


2. 내일 약속 있어요? → Do you have any plans for tomorrow?

     (naeil yaksok isseoyo?)


3. 그 박람회가 내일 열릴거래요. → They said the exhibition will open tomorrow.

     (geu bangnamhoega naeil yeollilgeoraeyo.)


4. 내일쯤 이 프로젝트에 대해서 발표를 가능해요? → Is it possible for you to do a presentation of this project around tomorrow?

     (naeiljjeum i peurojekteue daehaeseo balpyoreul ganeunghaeyo?)


5. 내일까지 알려주면 돼요. → Let me know by tomorrow.

    (naeilkkaji allyeojumyeon dwaeyo.)


Informal Examples:

1. 내일 봐! → See you tomorrow!

     (naeil bwa!)


2. 내일 오전에 잠깐 볼래? → Do you want to meet for a bit tomorrow before noon?

     (naeil ojeone jamkkan bollae?)


3. 내일밤안까지 그 시험의 신청 마감이야. → Registration for that exam ends by tomorrow night.

     (naeilbamankkaji geu siheomui sincheong magamiya.)


4. 내일부터 건강하게 먹으려고 해. → I intend to eat healthy starting tomorrow.

     (naeilbuteo geonganghage meogeuryeogo hae.)


5. 우리 내일 몇시에 볼까? → What time shall we meet tomorrow?

     (uri naeil myeotsie bolkka?)


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  1. I learned the alphabets pretty well but I still find it hard to read fluently and understand it. I’m doing my best to improve! For the wonderful and helpful articles 감사합니다!

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