Level 1 Lesson 20 / Native Korean numbers / 하나, 둘, 셋, 넷 …

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We are back with another number lesson! In lesson 15, we introduced the sino-Korean system and today we are introducing the native Korean number system. Having two separate ways of counting different things might look too complicated, and we will be surprised if you can memorize all the numbers at once and never forget them, but if you keep practicing the numbers in context, you will find it much easier in time. So today, we are going to first introduce the native Korean numbers, and ONLY going to cover how to say your age in Korean. If you can say how old you are in Korean after listening to this lesson, this lesson will have achieved its goal. Thank you! 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.

  • Chiayin Lee

    안녕하세요! 저는 스무 살이에요.

  • PenguinBeng

    안녕하세요! 저는 열아홉 살이에요
    정말 감사합니다 for the free lessons.

  • UnBingo

    Thanks for the fun and informative lesson!

  • KJ Roelke

    안녕하세요! 저는 스물한 살이에요! 고맙습니다 for these incredible lessons!

  • Seth Jin Bowman

    한녕하세요! Well, you would know that is Seth, my name is 셋 in Korean. So, I’m number 3 I guess. hehehe. Anyway, 저는 스무둘 살이에요

  • Bennett Seacrist

    저는 마흔녀설이여요.

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  • http://remembermagnolias.tumblr.com Ali

    안녕하세요! 저는 엘리입니디. 열아홉 살이에요.

  • 감사합니다! 스물세 살이에요!

  • Wendra Setiawan

    안녕하세요! 저는 열여덟 살이에요.

  • Bella Marinda

    number 1,2,3,4 and 20 change their forms, is it only apply when use for age? thank you :)

    • KKora

      I think they change with every counting particle, so for example when you want to say “I want to buy three apples” it’s “사과 세게 사고 싶어요”

    • Bella Marinda

      아 감사합니다 :)

    • KKora


  • yona_jin

    열다섯 살 이에요.<3.

  • Meryem jemaa

    hello … first of all thank you so much guys… you are seriously awsome <3 I have a question … what is the zero 0 in native korean numbers or do we use 0 of the sino korean numbers? … thank you !!

  • Brianna Mae

    안녕하세요! 열 일곱 살이에요. ^-^

  • Giovanna De Oliveira Pinheiro

    안녕하세요! 열네 살이에요 ^^

  • Ricky Chan

    why is seventy pronounced as 일흔 (i-reun)?

    • Holly W

      It’s do do with a bat-chim rule regarding the character ‘ㅎ’! If the characters ‘ㄴ’ ‘ㅁ’ ‘ㅇ’ or ‘ㄹ’ are in the bat-chim position and ‘ㅎ’ is in the first position of the new syllable, they replace the ‘h’ sound!

  • Em-ar

    How to say I am 25 yrs old? Thank you.

    • 제이콥

      스물다섯 살이에요.

    • Em-ar

      Thank you very much for your reply!

  • janset

    How to say

    “How old are you in Korean?”

    kamsahabnida T.T

    • JooyeonPark

      You can say 몇 살이에요? or 나이가 어떻게 되세요?

  • Suga Swag

    안녕하세요! I didn’t understand the 3rd true or false with the years. Can someone explain it to me? 감사합니다~

  • khaoula lola

    스물다섯 살이에요.

  • 엠레

    감사합니다, 저는 스물세 살이에요

  • Marc Wentink

    It takes a long time before I see an answer here. My question has been waiting for moderation for two weeks now. Anyway, I have used this sentence in the wiki page in Dutch. (Translated to English of course.)

    Counting years, you can choose yourself. If you use native Korean numbers however, these numbers can change. Numbers 1 until 4 and number 20 have a different form when they are placed before a noun.