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# Learning the Basic Korean Numbers 숫자

Updated: Jun 23, 2023

##### The Native Korean Numbering System

This is used for general counting, like counting people, hours, ages and things.

[ 0 = 영 young ]

 1 2 3 4 5 하나 둘 셋 넷 다섯 hana dul set net da-seot
 6 7 8 9 10 여섯 일곱 여덟 아홉 열 yeo-seot il-gop yeo-deol a-hop yeol

Now, you can join them to say 11, 12, 13 until 19.

Ex) 11 = 10 (열) + 1(하나) = 열하나

12 = 10 (열) + 2(둘)= 열둘

18 = 10 (열) + 8(여덟)= 열여덟

19 = 10 (열) + 9 (아홉) = 열아홉

It is the same with 20, 30 upto 99.

Ex) 24 = 20 (스물) + 4 (넷) = 스물넷

35 = 30 (서른) + 5 (다섯) = 서른 다섯

99 = 90 (아흔) + 9 (아홉) = 아흔 아홉

 20 30 40 50 60 스물 서른 마흔 쉰 예순 seu-mool seo-reun ma-heun swin ye-soon
 60 70 80 90 예순 일흔 여든 아흔 ye-sun il-heun yeo-deun a-heun

##### The Sino-Korean Numbering System

The Sino-Korean numbering system is a set of numbers in Korean that originated from Chinese characters. These numbers are commonly used for dates, money, phone numbers, and addresses.

[ 0 = 공 gong or young]

 1 2 3 4 5 일 이 삼 사 오 il ee sam sa o
 6 7 8 9 10 육 칠 팔 구 십 yook chil pal gu sip

Again, you simply join the numbers to say 11, 12, 13 up to 99.

Ex) 13 = 10 (십) + 3 (삼) = 십삼

16 = 10 (십) + 6 (육) = 십육

20 = 2 (이) + 10 (십) = 이십

22 = 20 (이십) + 2 (이) = 이십이

58 = 50 (오십) + 8 (팔) = 오십팔

94 = 90 (구십) + 4 (사) = 구십사

Korean currency is won. (At the moment, 1 USD is about 1300 won = 천삼백원). You will need to know these numbers in order to say prices in Korean.

 100 백 baek 1000 천 cheon 10,000 만 man 100,000 십만 sip-man 1,000,000 백만 baek-man ten-million 천만 cheon-man hundred-million 억 eok