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. 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.

  • http://smaugthedesolator.tumblr.com smaugthedesolator

    I think it’s interesting how all number systems are very much the same… like I think the English numbers (like thirty three) is a bastardized and lazy way of saying three ten three (thir ty three)

    • faiza

      it’s good point . l think that to 감사합니다

  • faiza

    very important lesson but how about numbers more than 9999

    • xConjo

      10 십
      100 백
      1000 천
      10000 만
      100000 십만
      1000000 백만
      10000000 천만
      100000000 억

    • faiza

      정말 고마워요
      yes who knows ? maybe i need this numbers some time
      anyway thanks a lot for your advice

  • faiza

    for exemple 9999 is it 구천구백구십구? well i hope it’s correct

    and we can also use the sino numbers in minutes 분 and money 돈 and Mathematics 수학 ( kg ; km ; g ; l …)and phone number . that’s correct isn’t it ?

  • Anggi Dwi Kiranti

    이게 진짜 짱이다

  • fey

    안녕하세요! Is the correct way to say 2014 천이백영십사?

    • KyungHwa Sun

      2014 is 이천십사. ^^

  • misozo

    안녕하세요! is it right to write 31200 this way 삼일전이백 ?

  • Jahn

    Can I say my age using Sino-Korean numbers?

    • Seokjin Jin

      In that case, we don’t use sino-Korean number.

  • Matt

    For number 6 would the following be correct?

    육시예요. = It is six o’clock.
    그거 륙시예요. = It is six o’clock.

    Where in the first sentence we use “육” because it is at the beginning and in the second sentence we use “륙” because it follows “그거”.

    감사합니다 for lesson 십오!
    (Also comments on lesson 14 were disabled so 감사합니다 for lesson 십사 as well)!

    • Seokjin Jin

      It is six o’clock. = 여섯시예요.

      We don’t use 륙 for 6 nowadays. :) Thanks for your comment.

  • 수진

    삼 이 구 팔 칠 일 사 ㅇㅂㅇ

  • Viridiana Martinez

    to say 1992 would I say il-jeon-gu-baek-gu-sip-i?

    • Suzy_jang

      I thik it’s Cheon-gu-baek-gu-sip-i because they said we don’t have to “il” in the beginning before cheon or baek or sip

    • Viridiana Martinez


    • Viridiana Martinez

      oh that’s right, i forgot. thank you

  • Letsfly!

    something like 1565375 would be such a mouthful, but i guess thats english too eh

    • Seokjin Jin

      If I read it in English, it should be such a mouthful for me, too. Reading numbers is so hard!

  • Lilya

    Am I basically reading a math formula like 1234 = 1000 + 2×100 + 3×10 + 4? 천이백삼십사

    • Seokjin Jin


  • Desiko

    Thanks for the lesson!
    Now I know how to say my birth year – 1997 would be 천백구십구육, right?

    How do we say say a phone number? Should I say it number after number without anything it between?

    • gnew

      I think it should be 천구백구십칠

    • Desiko

      Oh, yes, thank you! :D

    • gnew

      anytime :D

  • Asmaa

    1993 => 천고백고십삼
    is that right? thank you

    • JooyeonPark

      천구백구십삼 :)