Korean Numbers

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 Korean numbers!
 
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. 
  • 1 - 일 - eel
  • 2 - 이 - ee
  • 3 - 삼 - sam
  • 4 - 사 - sa
  • 5 - 오 - o
  • 6 - 육 - yook
  • 7 - 칠 - chil
  • 8 - 팔 - pal
  • 9 - 구 - goo
  • 10 - 십 - ship
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 Korean numbers

eel

one

ee

two

sam

three

sa

four

oh

five

yook

six

chil

seven

pal

eight

goo

nine

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.

  • One - 하나 - hana
  • Two - 둘 - dool
  • Three - 셋 - set
  • Four - 넷 - net
  • Five - 다섯 - dasut
  • Six - 여섯 - yusut
  • Seven - 일곱 - eelgop
  • Eight - 여덟 - yudulb
  • Nine - 아홉 - ahop
  • Ten - 열 - yul

하나

hana

one

dool

two

set

three

net

four

다섯

dasut

five

여섯

yusut

six

일곱

eelgop

seven

여덟

yudulb

eight

아홉

ahop

nine

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!

Here are a few recommended Korean lessons to try next!

Anyoung hee gaseyo!

Sujung Lee
Sujung Lee
Rocket Korean


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