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.


  • Hans

    저는 한국 친구 세 명 있어요.

  • Marymae Rizaldo

    한국어 친구가없어요 I’m so sad :((

  • Kay

    나는 어떤 한국어 친구가 없어요.
    저는 한국어 친구를 없어요.

    ㅠ ㅠ ㅠ….(not sure if I used this right)… 하하 (laughs).

  • Thanh

    저는 한국친구를 아무도 없어요. 근대, 있고 싶어요. ^^

    • KyungHwa Sun

      Correction : 저는 한국 친구가 한 명도 없어요. 있었으면 좋겠어요.^^

    • Thanh

      감사합니다, but why is it 한국 친구가 not 한국 친구를? Isn’t 한국 친구 an objective?

    • KyungHwa Sun

      “한국 친구” is a complement in this sentence.

    • Thanh

      I’m confused @@ 죄송합니다 ㅠㅠ
      How do you know if it’s a complement?

    • Thanh

      네, 이해했어요, 드디어 :3 정말 감사합니다 선생님! ^^

  • Pamela

    한국 친구 없어요 !!

  • AhuvaT

    What is the counter for saying the room number in a hotel? thank you

    • KyungHwa Sun

      It is “호”. Therefore, you can say 301호, 407호, etc. Or you could also say “OO번 방” such as 301번 방, 407번 방, etc.

  • Jean Anne

    저눈 친구가 네 명 있오요 구런데 한국 친구가 한 명 없어요.