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.


  • 저는 한국 친구 없어요.

  • Daimelys

    아니, 저는 한국 친구 없어요. ;_;

  • 20021987

    jeoneun hangug chingu eobseoyo. geu ddaemune seulpeuda…..(-_-)

  • Joshua Everly

    So I would probably want to use 마리 for animals and not 개 because they are living creatures but I’m assuming it is alright to use 개 for books and tickets?

  • 정민아

    저는 한국 친구 다섯 명 있어요 .

  • Julia Fang

    저도 한국친구 없어요 …

  • Jess Hill

    저는 한국 친구 일곱 있어요 🙂

    • Seokjin Jin

      Good job! You can also add the counter for people “명” after 일곱.

      >> 저는 한국 친구 일곱명 있어요. 🙂

  • Trinity Pate

    저는 한국 친구 없어요!! 그런데 한국 친구를 열 명 있고 싶어요.
    I have no korean friends!! But I want to have 10 Korean friends.

    Is this correct?? Many thanks, another great lesson!! I never understood counters before when my friend who is also learning Korean tried to explain them to me but now they make much more sense. 감사합니다!!

    • Seokjin Jin

      그런데 한국 친구를 열 명 있고 싶어요. > 그런데 한국 친구를 열 명 사귀고 싶어요.

      to make a friend = 친구를 사귀다

    • Trinity Pate

      감사합니다!! Really appreciative of your help!

  • Ikraan H

    저는 한국 친구 한명있어요.

  • Chocobana

    저는 한국 친구 아직 없어요. ㅜ.ㅜ

  • 王郁揚

    한국친구가 다섯명있요

  • 라티파

    치금은 한국찬구 없어요