Want to know your Korean age? Read on to find out how to calculate Korean age and why Korean age is different.
Age is a very important part of Korean culture and a person’s age often determines the language you use and the terms you use to address someone. That means, finding out your Korean age is important, especially if you want to find out how to address someone who looks a similar age to you. Before we take a look at how to calculate Korean age, let’s first look at why Korean age is different from ‘International age’.
Why Is Korean Age Different?
There are two reasons why Korean age is different from ‘international age’. First, in Korea when a baby born, the baby is considered already 1 year old. And second, on January 1st each year, everyone becomes one year older. So this means, depending on when your birthday is, your Korean age will be one or two years older than your international age.
How To Calculate Korean Age
Here is the easiest way to calculate your Korean age: First, take your ‘international age’ and then add one year if your birthday has already passed that year, or add two years if your birthday has not passed that year.
For example, imagine today’s date is August 15th 2022. Someone who was born in July 2002 would have an international age of 20 and a Korean age of 21. This is because their birthday has already passed and so they simply add 1 year to their international age to calculate their Korean age. Someone who was born in September 2002 would have an international age of 19 and a Korean age of 21. This is because their birthday has not passed yet and so 2 years are added to their international age to calculate their Korean age.
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