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!



감사합니다!

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. And after you learn the basics, try writing your own Korean sentences and get corrections from native speakers through HaruKorean, our 1:1 correction service.


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  • Boris

    I wonder, when you walk through Seoul, where i right now am, you always see streetsigns like ” blabla 3(sam)-ga”. Why both numbers and letters? Not that I mind, it helps me learn the numbers, but it is dubble. Btw, this is really a great city, much better as expected.

    • http://twitter.com/jinseokjin jinseokjin

      Well, I hope you to know that English and Korean are quite different so sometimes, it is hard to understand each other when someone try to understand the other one with his/her native grammar structure.
      Anyway, the “ga” you mentioned is like a concept of “street”, “region” in English.

  • Emily

    When do you use 륙 and 육?

    • Alex

      You use 륙 when counting after 5. For example, 일이삼사오륙. When using six by itself, you use 육.

  • Rachel

    There is no zero for the Sino-Korean Number stated in PDF. I wonder if they are 영 and 공 in the audio recording?

  • diwesh87

    Hello again ,

    Thanks for sharing this number audio . Coming to how to say big numbers , i guess it wasn’t difficult for me , once i learnt the numbers 1 to 10 and then 100 1000 and so , i could just make any number myself , surely i used to pause a little , but that was just because of lack of practice , but the rule is quite simple . I am not sure of any other countries education system , but i am from India , and forming big numbers used to be the chapter in my maths book in i guess the 3rd or the 4th grade .

    the logic is simple ,

    Any number counting from the right goes like unit , ten , hundred , thousand , and so on ..

    so the number 3 = 3 (unit) = 3 x 1 = sam
    32 = 3 x 10 ( ten) + 2 x 1 (unit) = sam-ship + ee = samshipee
    325 = 3 x 100( hundred) + 2 x 10 (ten) + 5 x1 (unit) = sam-chan + ee-ship + o
    = samchan-eeship-o

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  • Paul Johnson

    Hello, how can I get a digital version of workbook 1? Thanks!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kristinejoy.catan.7 Kristine Joy Catan

    Annyeong haseyo. I’m from the Philippines and my phone number is 09465889912. Should I say “yeong gu sa yuk o pal pal gu gu il ee”?

    • Seokjin Jin

      Great job! Perfect!

    • https://www.facebook.com/kristinejoy.catan.7 Kristine Joy Catan

      감사함니다 선상님! ^_^