Numbering in Korean Language – Basic Guide For Korean Numbering

numbering in korean

If you want to learn about Numbering in Korean Language, how to count in korean, hangul and korean numbering system, then make sure you read all of this article content. In this article we are going to share to you information you need about how to count in korean – Korean numbering system. Let’s dive right to it.

Numbering in Korean - Korean Numbering

Let start with a few from 0-10 for you to learn. here is the basic korean numbers from 0 – 10:

  • 0 – 영 (yeong) 
  • 1  – 일 (il)
  • 2 – 이 (i)
  • 3 – 삼 (sam)
  • 4 – 사 (sa)
  • 5 – 오 (o)
  • 6 – 육 (yuk)
  • 7 – 칠 (chil)
  • 8 – 팔 (pal)
  • 9  – 구 (gu)
  • 10 – 십 (sip)

It’s easy to learn the rest of the Korean numbers if you know the first 10. You only need to learn a small group of numbers, and you’ll be able to count to any number you want to count. Everythings start from the basic, you can learn this within minutes.

Counting in Korean

What makes counting in Korean is so easy is not just because hangul is easy, but because you will only need to learn about 4o numbers to know everything about numbering in korean.

The thing you need to remember in korean language is that Korean have 2 ways and methods of numbering system. The first is the Sino-Korean number system, and the second is the Native Korean number system.

Korean numbering

Check all of this number chart you need to know:

Counting Money in Korean

By now you must already knew that we use Korean won as our currency for trading here. Korean won comes up to 50 000 won, just for you to know, however if you want to visit korea for travel, make sure to have a lot of 10 000 won 만 (man) or less, because 50 000 is not commonly used here and it will makes it hard for you to shop on the local markets.

What you need to know is 10 000 is called 만 (man) in korean. The higher numbers in Korean (one hundred thousand, a million, ten million, etc.) are calculated in increments of ten thousand. In the English numbering system, we use thousands. But in Korean, we use ten thousand as the base and this is the basic different between korean and other country ways of numbering and counting.

In the Korean language, we use 10 000 units as a base for everything, so when you wanna say 100 000, we’d call it “ten (십 | sip) ten thousand (만 | man).” It’s like this 10 0000.

The Sino Korean Numbering methods

This is the first type of korean numbering system you need to know, it rooted in Chinese numbering system, so you can just think of “Chinese system”. If you know Chinese, some of the numbers may sound familiar to you.

To learn every number you’ll ever need to know in this Korean counting system, you only need to memorize 18 numbers. Just learn the set of numbers 1-10 plus the words for hundred, thousand, ten thousand, and more, afterwards you can create all the other numbers easily through simple combinations.

For example, 10 in Korean is 십 (sip), while 20 in Korean is literally “two-ten” (이십 | isip), and 30 is “three-ten” (삼십 | samsip) and so on and so on, it’s so easy right. 100 in the Sino-Korean numbers system is 백 (baek), 200 is “two-hundred” (이백 | ibaek) and 300 is “three-hundred” (삼백 | sambaek). You will still use the same pattern up to billions.

Sino Korean Numbering 1-10

Let’s learn the basic of Sino Korean Numbers from 1-10, after you learn this, you can tell maybe up to 80% of numbers in sino korean.


Sino Korean Numbering 1-100 and beyond

After learning Sino Korean number from 1-10, now let’s learn more up to 100 and beyond.

The Native Korean Numbers System

The Native Korean numbers system is a bit more modern than the Sino-Korean numbers system. Like the country of Korea. To put it simply, just think of it as “Korea system”.

The first number in the Native Korean numbers system is 하나 (hana), which is shortened to 한 (han) when counting in Korean. Now you knew what it means when you see 하나 [Hana] Bank in Korea.

This Native Korean numbering system is a little bit harder than sino korean numbering systema s you might need to learn all sets of numbers way up to 99. However, you will rarely use the word for number greater than 10 with exceptions if you are explaining about your age.

Native Korean Numbering 1 to 10

Let’s learn native korean numbering system from 1-10

So this is the end of  our study about Numbering in Korean – korean numbering methods. Have you learn all this numbers today? Let us know in the comment below!

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