Level 2 Lesson 9 / Counters / 개, 명

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We are always surrounded by objects, people, animals and many other stuff, and more often than not, we get to COUNT them. Korean has a different kind of counting system from that of English, so let’s learn how to count things (and people) in Korean. In Korean there are hundreds of counters or counting units, but the two words that are most frequently used are 개 and 명. Let us find out how to use them in context and also learn a few other counters. Thank you for studying with us and please feel free to leave us comments and questions!!

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.


  • Arianna

    한국 친구 없어요 ㅠ_ㅠ

  • Ilaria

    Q: 한국 친구 몇명 잇ㅅ어요?
    A: 한국 친구 없어요 :(
    I know that isseoyo goes with double s, but from my mobile I really don’t know how to do it, anybody does? Moreover I have problems separating syllables:( I couldn’t install Korean language on my pc either :(
    감사합니다 :3

  • 소피

    한국 친구 한 명 있어요.

  • Paradise

    저는 한극 친구 없어요 :(

  • http://batman-news.com Jangmi

    저는 한국 친구 여덟명 있어요.

  • 제시카

    한국 친구 스물다섯 명 있어요. ^^

  • Neoking

    저는 한국 진구 영 명 있어요 :(

  • Paige

    저는 한국 진구 다섯 명 있어요
    But I’m not very close to them :c

  • Ashley Heil

    Hello, in this sentence in the PDF, 사탕 몇 개 먹을래 which means, how many candies do you want to eat? what does the 래 part mean? and why would you know use 먹고 싶어요to say want to eat? Thank you!

    • Mallory

      I’m not sure myself, but I think that 먹고 싶어요is a more polite version of 먹을래.

  • Anderlande

    한국 친구 업써요 ㅠㅠ 그런대 갖고시퍼요
    Is that correct? Actually I wanted to say that I don’t have any korean friends and that I’d like to. (sorry for the english mistakes if I’ve made some but I’m actually a french native speaker)

    • Seokjin Jin

      한국 친구 업써요 ㅠㅠ 그런대 갖고시퍼요]
      > 한국 친구 없어요. 그런데 갖고 싶어요.

    • Anderlande


  • Anne Johnson

    저는 한곡 친구…셋?명 있어요. At least, that I’ve been talking to recentlyㅋㅋㅋㅋ 그렇시만, 이명 are my 오빠, 그리고 한명 is my 동생. In English we make no distinction between friends who are of different ages from us, but in 한극어 I hear it’s a very important distinction. So in English we would say “I have 3 friends”, but in 한극어 should I make a distinction since none are same age friends (which, if I’m not mistaken, is what “친고” is usually used for)? Or, in cases like this, can you just use “친구” as a more general term?

  • Fabrizio

    저는 한국 친구 세 명 있어요, 그런데 그 친구들 미국에서 있어요.

  • LisahTali

    저는 한국 친구 한명 있어요

  • Adiza Khairina

    저는 한국 친구 한명 있어요..I have one Korean Korean friend, and I’m really close to her :)

  • huah

    in the examples, i have two questions.
    1. 다 먹고 세 개 남았어요
    why doesn’t use 먹 었어요 to express “ate”?
    2. 사탕 몇 개 먹을래
    does 먹을래 mean “you want to eat” which is different from 먹고싶어요?

  • Darya Nili

    Jeo neun hangug chingu dumyeong isseoyo. kibodeu eobseoyo :(

    • Darya Nili

      *hangugeo kibodeu eobseoyo

  • Martin Kramer Hansen

    한국 친구를 두 명 있어요

  • cp4tj

    저는 한국 친구 한 명 있어요. 그 이름은 김기영.

    • Seokjin Jin

      좋아요!! 어떻게 친구를 만들었어요?

    • cp4tj

      그는 내 동급생이었어요… 여기 필리핀에서

  • Isabell

    저는 한국 친구 한명 있어요.

    • Seokjin Jin

      Great! 그 친구하고 같이 한국어로 얘기해요?

  • esteru

    한국 친구 한 명 있어요. 그 친구 이름은 권영화 이에요
    영화 언니가 서울에 살고있어요 ^^

    너무 감사합니다 TTMIK ^^ *bow*

    • Seokjin Jin

      댓글 감사합니다. :)

  • Andrew Widjaja

    한국 친구 없어요 .

  • Cherubiel Cherub

    저는 한국 친구 없어요.

  • Joshua Grootveld

    한국 친구 없어요 =(

  • Hlisnra Xiong

    저는 인터넷에서 한국 친구를 많이 있어요.

  • Rysho

    저는 한국 친구 두 명이 있어요. 그들은 아진와 지수이에요.

  • Mini Konkhmer

    Could you tell me what is the word “counter” in Korean language? Thanks

  • Brianne Daniels

    (Answering the question) 한극 친그 없어요 :/ lol

  • Avanalin AP

    저는 한국 친구 세 명 있었어요.

    I hope that’s correct. I was trying to say I had 3 friends.

  • Reika Sayuri

    저는 한국 친구없어요.. I really want to have Korean friends.

  • Asu

    저는 헌국 친구 앖어요 . . .(ㅜ_ㅜ)