Hi everyone! 안녕하세요 여러분!

It’s Friday today, in Korean, it’s 금요일 (geum-yo-il). If you still do not know or unable to remember the days of week in Korean, I’m glad to share with you my method to remember them in this post. Let’s start learning together!

First, we’ll have to know the meaning of these seven words:

1) (wol) = moon 月
2) (hwa) = fire 火
3) (su) = water 水
4) (mok) = wood 木
5) (geum) = gold / metal 金
6) (to) = earth / soil 土
7) (il) = day / sun 日

There are no similarities in the days of week between Korean and English; hence, you have to learn it by hard. If you’ve already know Japanese, you might find it much easier in this case as they both are based on five elements (Chinese philosophy) – fire, water, wood, gold and earth, and together with the moon and sun, it forms the seven days of a week:

Monday – 월요일 (wol-yo-il)
Tuesday – 화요일 (hwa-yo-il)
Wednesday – 수요일 (su-yo-il)
Thursday – 목요일 (mok-yo-il)
Friday – 금요일 (geum-yo-il)
Saturday – 토요일 (to-yo-il)
Sunday – 일요일 (il-yo-il)

I’m sure you’ve noticed that the word “요일 (yo-il)” is repeated in the seven days. I couldn’t explain the meanings of “요일 (yo-il)”, but since “일 (il)” means “day”, let’s take it that “X요일 (X-yo-il)” means “day of X”. We shall only concentrate on the first word, but not forgetting to add in “요일 (yo-il)” when you mention them as in days of week.

I do not have a good memory, so I have to find an easier way to remember the sequence of these seven days. My method is to create a scenario that is logical, at least to me. I usually see the week starting with Monday (not Sunday), and this is a scenario (ancient times) I imagined:

The moon (월 wol) was hanging high up in the sky, it was late in the middle of a night. The silence of the night was broken by a fire (화hwa), and all villagers were busy passing down water (수 su) to put off the fire that was swallowing a house. After an hour, the house vanished into ashes; leaving nothing but piles of burnt wood (목 mok). The house owner cleared away all the burnt residues to find their gold (금 geum), jewellery and whatever left unburnt. Few hours passed, everything on that little piece of land was cleared, leaving an empty patch of soil (토 to). Depressed and exhausted, the family sat on the empty land, looking at the rising sun (일 il) praying for strength to start new.

Well, does this example sounds lame? Haha… You may imagine your own scenario which can assists you to remember the sequence correctly. Thank you for reading this, hope it helps. ^-^ (Pls pardon my poor grammar.)

– 크리스티 ✿