Numbers in Korean 

 August 27, 2020

By  Satish Satyarthi

In this lesson we will learn Numbers in Korean. There are two number systems in Korean and it can be really confusing in the beginning but you will get used to it quickly.

The two number systems are – 1. Native Korean Numbers and 2. Sino-Korean Numbers.

The Sino Korean numbers are derived from Chinese system.

Both number systems have different usage. For counting people and things generally native Korean numbers are used (한 명, 두 개 etc.)but these numbers are only upto 100. For large numbers Sino Korean numbers are used. When telling time we use native Korean numbers for hour and Sino Korean for minutes. For telling age also we use native Korean numbers. For telling dates, month, year, phone number, amount etc, we use Sino Korean numbers.


1 One
2 Two
3 Three
4 Four
5 Five
6 Six
7 Seven
8 Eight
9 Nine
10 Ten
십일 11 Elevel
십이 12 Twelve
이십 20 Twenty
삼십 30 Thirty
100 Hundred
1000 Thousand
10000 Ten Thousand
십만 100000 Hundred Thousand/Lakh
백만 1000000 1 Million/ 10 Lakh
천만 10000000 10 Million/ 1 Crore
100000000 100 Million/ 10 Crores
십억 1000000000 1 Billion/1 Arab


Native Korean Numbers

1 – 하나 (hana)
2 – 둘 (dul)
3 – 셋 (set)
4 – 넷 (net)
5 – 다섯 (daseot)
6 – 여섯 (yeoseot)
7 – 일곱 (ilgob)
8 – 여덟 (yeodeol)
9 – 아홉 (ahop)
10 – 열 (yeol)
20 – 스물 (seumul)
30 – 서른 (seoreun)
40 – 마흔 (maheun)
50 – 쉰 (swin)
60 – 예순 (yesun)
70 – 일흔 (ilheun)
80 – 여든 (yeodeun)
90 – 아흔 (aheun)


Satish Satyarthi

I am Satish, a Korean language learner and educator. I did my Bachelors degree in Korean language from JNU, Delhi and Masters degree in Korean Language Education from Seoul National University, South Korea. and an M.Phil. in Korean from JNU. I have a passion for education and technology. I have been involved in Korean language education and research for more than 10 years and have trained hundreds of Korean language learners across the globe, online and in physical classrooms.

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