Numbers in Korean

Going to the market for groceries? Need to tell someone your age or phone number? Want to be sure you catch the right bus? It’s time to learn numbers in Korean!
 
There are so many reasons why you need to be able to count in Korean, and the Rocket Korean team is here to make it easier. Let’s start with the basics - by the end of this lesson you’ll feel confident using the Korean words for numbers 1-10. 
 
Did you know that the Korean number system uses two different sets of numbers? The “general number system” (eel, ee, sam, etc) is used for talking about sums of money, telephone numbers, etc. This one is straightforward to build up large numbers – you only need to know one to ten. Twenty is just “two-ten”, 30 is “three-ten”.
 
To help you remember them faster, try to use these words as much as possible in your daily life – even if it’s just in your head!

How to pronounce numbers in Korean

As hard as you try, without helpful feedback your Korean pronunciation is never going to be the same as a native speaker’s. If you've found it difficult to perfect the way you say Korean words and phrases, this lesson will help you. 
 
Using the blue Rocket Record buttons you can record the way you say each word or phrase, and compare it with the way a native speaker of Korean does. That’s right, with Rocket Languages voice mapping technology you can record your voice as many times as you need until your pronunciation matches the Korean speaker!

And when you are ready test yourself using My Level and really power up your learning and recall. Just click the "My Level" tab above to get started!

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eel
one
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ee
two
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sam
three
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sa
four
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oh
five
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yook
six
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chil
seven
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pal
eight
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goo
nine
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ship
ten

To say eleven, just combine “10” or seep and “1” or eel, and you have ship-eel. Twelve is ship-ee. Easy right? Can you say your telephone number now?

The other number system (hana, dool, set, etc) is for combining a number with an object-specific counter. These are the numbers you would use when counting a specific number of people, objects, or things.

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하나
hana
one
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dool
two
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set
three
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net
four
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다섯
dasut
five
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여섯
yusut
six
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일곱
eelgop
seven
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여덟
yudulb
eight
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아홉
ahop
nine
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yul
ten

Up until the number 19, the straightforward way of building up large numbers that you learned above for the “general number system” is used in this system as well. So “eleven” is “ten” or yul and “one” or hana, yul-hana. “Nineteen” is yul together with the number “nine” or ahop, yul-ahop.

That’s it for this lesson, well done!

Anyoung hee gaseyo!

Sujung Lee
Sujung Lee
Rocket Korean

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