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CAT-day: What’s Your Korean Age?

You know what day it is?  It’s CAT day!!!

Isn’t Culture Adventure Thursdays the best?  (ΦωΦ)

Today, we’re going to be talking about Korean’s age system.  If you’ve been following the KPop or KDrama worlds, then this shouldn’t sound new to you.  But, if you’re somebody currently thinking, “what the heck is Korean’s age system”  then [insert your gender here in all caps] you’re in for a roller coaster ride.

Korea is the only country in the world that counts people’s ages differently.  It’s kind of crazy.  Well, no, it actually makes sense especially if you think back to the century when Korea was first created.  What I mean is that it’s crazy that it’s still being used in present time – in an awesome yet unique way.

So, what is this Korean age system?  Check out this video to learn more about it and to hear the personal opinions of native speakers who use the system on a daily basis:

Ok, ok, I know what you’re thinking.  You’re probably wondering how the HECK does this system work?!  

It’s definitely different.  Let’s say I’m 28 years old (ㅋㅋㅋ) and I was born in November.  So, if I was actually in Korea then I would really be 30 (*has mental breakdown at the fact of being 30*). 

Random person:  “Sooo, is the rule that you’re two years older in Korea?”


Ok, different scenario.  I was born in the same year but my birthday just passed (so, no longer in November) making me now 29 years old. Strangely enough, I would still be 30 in Korea.


Why would I only be one year older in one situation and two years older in another?  This next video will explain it all:

Does it make sense now?  Definitely a useful system back before technology but nowadays it’s just confusing and cool. 

Alright, I have to ask…what’s your international and Korean age?

See you next time!

안녕히 가세요!

Olie (•ө•)♡



Just a normal human being who vents, rambles, explores, imagines, and enjoys being my goofy self. But that doesn't really matter. What does matter is to be able to relate to each other and see that no one is ever alone. I love to write and learn new languages. I hope through my writings and blogs that I can share my world with yours. Have an Olietastic day!

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