How to say “TV” in Korean

Last Updated on September 15, 2022 by 90 Day Korean
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The Korean language uses many loan words from English, one of them being ‘TV” in Korean.

This makes it exceptionally easy to learn how to say “TV” in Korean. However, the pronunciation can be a bit tricky!

Not to worry, we’ll help you with that with an explanation and audio. Also, we have included plenty of example sentences so you can start using them right away.

So then, let’s fire up the remote control and get right to it!

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“Television” in Korean

The official word for “TV” or “television” in Korean is 텔레비전 (tellebijeon).

“TV” in Korean

Just like all over the world, “television” is more often referred to as 티비 (tibi).

In written form, you could also write “TV,” and most of the time, Koreans will understand. 

How to pronounce “television” in Korean

The Korean pronunciation for “television” is quite similar to its English counterpart. Pay special attention its pronunciation by listening to the audio below.

 텔레비전 (tellebijeon)

television

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How to use “television” in Korean in sentences

Now, you may also be interested in knowing how to use it in a sentence. Here’s an example.

텔레비전을 켜다 (tellebijeoneul kyeoda)

turn the TV on

As you might have noticed, it is pronounced with “bision” instead of “vision since there’s no “v” sound in Korean.

Also, with the way Korean is constructed, the last syllable of “television” (the “sion” part) sounds more like you’re saying “John.” Although if you pay close attention to the English pronunciation, you’ll notice they’re more similar than you think.

Here are other sentence examples that you can use for practice.

Standard:

1. 보통 하루에 몇시간 TV를 시청해요?  (botong harue myeotsigan TVreul sicheonghaeyo? )

On average, how many hours a day do you watch TV?

2. 우리는 텔레비전을 보기에는 너무 많은 시간을 보내고 있지 않을까요? (urineun tellebijeoneul bogieneun neomu maneun siganeul bonaego itji aneulkkayo?)

Don’t you think we are spending too much time watching TV?

3. 어제 우리 티비가 고장 나서 오늘 새로운 티비를 사러 가야해요. (eoje uri tibiga gojang naseo oneul saeroun tibireul sareo gayahaeyo.)

Our TV broke yesterday, so we need to go buy a new one today.

Informal:

1. 오늘밤에 텔레비전에서 뭘 볼까? (oneulbame tellebijeoneseo mwol bolkka?)

What should we watch on TV tonight?

2. 나는 쉬는날에 하루종일 누우면서 텔레비전 보는 것을 좋아해. →   (naneun swineunnare harujongil nuumyeonseo tellebijeon boneun geoseul joahae.)

On my resting days, I like to lie down while watching TV all day.

3. 난 TV를 보기보다 책읽기를 좋아해. (nan TVreul bogiboda chaegilgireul joahae.)

I like reading books more than I like watching TV.

4. 저녁마다 과자를 먹고 티비를 보는 편이야.   (jeonyeongmada gwajareul meokgo TVreul boneun pyeoniya.)

I have a habit of eating snacks and watching TV every evening.

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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 (the Korean alphabet) if you ever want to take your Korean skills to the next level. Hangeul is quite simple, you can learn it in just 90 minutes!

After you’ve familiarized yourself with Hangeul, you’ll be able to supercharge your Korean learning. Understanding K-Dramas, reading signs, talking to Korean friends, and getting familiar with the culture will all become a lot easier. So, if you’re serious about learning Korean, why not learn Hangeul today?

Now you know how to say “TV” and “television” in Korean! If you’re still up for learning more Korean words, you might want to learn more about nouns in Korean next. Happy studying!

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