How to say Years in Korean (Time Words)

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These are all very basic words for years that you will come across often. Notice that the word for year changes depending on the situation.

When counting years using “년”, sino numbers are used. When using “해”, native numbers are used. 년 is most commonly used after years, for example to say 2017, we would add “년” to the end. so it becomes 2017년.

When counting age, it changes again, but we will cover that in a later graphic 🙂

You can find more about periods of time with our cheat sheets over at the Dom & Hyo Store.

Here are the vocabulary words in this infographic:

해/년  (hae/nyeon) = Year

작년 (jak-nyeon) = Last year

재작년 (jae-jak-nyeon) = Year before last

올해/금년 (ol-hae/geum-nyeon) = This year

내년/다음해 (nae-nyeon/da-eum-hae) = Next year

내후년 (nae-hu-nyeon) = In two years

연간 (yeon-gan) = Yearly

연초 (yeon-cho) = Beginning of the year

연말 (yeon-mal) = End of the year

새해 (seo-hae) = New year

그해 (geu-hae) = That year

매년/해마다 (mae-nyeon/hae-ma-da) =Every year