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.


  • Michael

    I am in Korea from May 5 to 12, lets have a coffee. Tried to write this in Korean but takes too long

  • Conax

    In a lot of the lessons the teachers feels certain way of saying something is more natural. But I think it’s just because they were taught to say that way since young. They should avoid using ‘more natural’, rather they should just say ‘it is the way how Koreans says this word/phrase’.

  • Suga Swag

    한국 친구 몇 명 있어요? (How many Korean friends do you have?)
    – 한국 친구 한 명 있어요. (I have one Korean friend.)

    This sample is really random but I’m not really creative today ㅋㅋㅋㅋ
    A : 아이스크림 좋아해요? (Do you like ice cream?)
    B : 네, 좋아해요. (Yes, I like it.)
    A : 오늘 아이스크림 몇 개 먹었어요? (How many did you eat today?)
    English is really different from Korean, so I’m not sure if you can say it like this, since the English translation doesn’t have the word “ice cream” in it.

    Am I correct?
    감사합니다!

  • Kiaxet

    My answer to the quiz-
    힌국 친구 없어요…

  • 니키

    한국 친구 여섯 명 있어요

    Is this correct?
    I have 6 korean friends.

  • 아야

    한국 친구 몇 명 있어요??
    없어요 ㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠ

  • Baseemah Kristal Elaine

    한국인 친구 다섯 명 있어요. 저는 강아지를 키우지 않지만 나중에 한 마리 키우고 싶어요.

  • Cheyenne Rose Isgrò

    한국 친구 몇 명 있어요? 모르겠어요….한국 친구 열 명 있는 거 같아요.

  • Sangmi

    고양이 두 개 있어요.
    There are two cats.

    할모니 냉면 한 개 모고 십어요.
    Grandmother wants to eat one naengmyun.

    몇 명 사탕 네 개 샀어요?
    How many people bought four candies?

  • Justin

    한국 친구 한 명 있어요!

  • 이성환(아라스)

    한국 친구를 열 명 있어요

    Is this sentence correct?

  • Desra Israyana

    저는 한국 친구 네 명 있어요