Level 1 Lesson 15 / Sino-Korean Numbers / 일, 이, 삼, 사 ….

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In this TTMIK lesson, we are talking about numbers. In Korean there are two sets of number, one is native Korean numbers and the other set is sino-Korean numbers. Sino-Korean numbers are numbers that are based on the Chinese language (therefore if you speak Chinese, you will find that the sino-Korean numbers are quite similar to the Chinese numbers), and in this lesson we are introducing numbers 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 100, and 1,000.

Numbers are not always easy to memorize, especially if you don’t have to use them often, so be sure to practice using them every chance you get!


You can download a free PDF for this lesson here, or if you want to study with our TalkToMeInKorean textbooks, you can get them here.

  • Khalifa Saeed Al-Mehairi

    +(구백칠십일) 오십 삼백칠십칠 천팔백칠십팔

    What’s my number?

    • Wozi

      If you were going to give someone your number, like write it down, you
      could still just use the standard 0-9 numbers; you guys in the comment
      section know that right?

    • Shireen Ghaith

      +(9711)510 377 1878?? right ?

  • Alaa Ali

    I love this lesson and I am watching 용팔이.. So is that 082 hahaha..
    And 사 is buy.. Four.. And death sound!? Confusion!
    Learning korean is 재미있요 with you guys.. Put I want to practice more any ideas!?

  • Alaa Ali

    Is phone number… Just to say the numbers.. If my phone is 1245
    I say 일 이 사 오… Or 전 이백 사 십 오!?

    • I’m pretty sure you just say the individual numbers

  • Wozi

    I wish they actually had people go thru and answer the legit questions in the comments or something. Or at least answered there emails. Kind of sucks when you have questions and no one to ask.

  • I keep thinking Kyeong-eun is being sarcastic when she says ‘yeah right’ hahaha

  • Jennifer Vernetti

    Please help…
    So 602 is: 육백이
    and 620 is:육백이십
    Am I correct in this?

    • neo_png

      That is correct.

  • Jenna

    I think numbers work the same way as in Chinese (I’m learning Chinese in school this year) so it makes sense! But I keep accidentally switching between Korean and Chinese haha

  • Cookie

    Thank you! Your way of teaching is really good! 감사합니다! How do I say a mobile phone number? Do I just say all the numbers separately or do I put them together? For example 1234. Would it be 1-2-3-4 or 12-34? I hope you know what I mean! 🙂

    • Setsuna

      Not a teacher or anything but i’m pretty sure you just say it number by number just like anywhere else. Maybe not the best comparison, but we Japanese people also say it number by number so.

    • Jayhee Kim

      You say the individual numbers.
      010-5321-0173 = 공일공[에] 오삼이일[에] 공일칠삼. The hyphen is pronounced like 에 but you can drop it because it gets really repetitive and dull-sounding lol. Kind of like Americans say their numbers without the dash but instead use a space between the numbers, Koreans use 에.

  • Suga Swag

    795 칠백구십오
    421 사백이십일
    16 십육
    24 이십사
    3793 삼천칠백삼

    Am I correct?

    • JooyeonPark

      They are all good but the last one. It should be 삼천칠백구십삽.

  • krysolov

    For pronunciation, are the combined numbers treated as one word with all the corresponding sound changes?
    33 – 삼십삼 [삼십쌈]
    639 – 육백삼십구 [육빽쌈십꾸]

    Listening to this and the Lv 2/12 (dates) lessons I clearly heard the movement of the 받침 if the following number starts with ㅇ, and I thought I heard the tensification, but i don’t think my ears are fully trained yet to clearly recognize that.

  • Hero

    This was my practice

    912 구백십이
    227 이백이십칠
    552 오백오십이
    3219 삼천이백일십구

    For 3219 the 3(삼) goes before 1000(천) like above correct?

    감사합니다! ^^

  • 423 사백이십삼
    87 팔십칠
    6986 육천구백팔십육
    155 백오십오
    7034 칠천삼십사

    Correct? 감사합니다~

  • Amber Woods

    감사합니다 ~Thank you ^u^