How To Learn Korean Number Systems

Korean Number Systems

Two Korean Number Systems

There are interestingly two number systems in Korean language.

What….? yea… and we use each system for different things.. @.@ (This is a separate topic for another post)
Historically, we were very much close to China and influenced by their language even before Korean language (Hangeul) was invented. So, we have the Chinese system and the Korean system written in Korean.


Difference Between Chinese And Korean Systems

Chinese number system is also called Sino system. Chinese system numbers sound similar to the actual numbers in Chinese. Thus, if you also speak Chinese, you will have an easier time to learn the Chinese number system.
Korean number system goes up to 99. (There is a word for 100 ์˜จ but no one uses it.) Anything above that, we use Chinese system. Let’s begin to learn how to say 1 to 10 first. ๐Ÿ™‚

Count 1 to 10

Numbers Korean Chinese
1 ํ•˜๋‚˜ ์ผ
2 ๋‘˜ ์ด
3 ์…‹ ์‚ผ
4 ๋„ท ์‚ฌ
5 ๋‹ค์„ฏ ์˜ค
6 ์—ฌ์„ฏ ์œก
7 ์ผ๊ณฑ ์น 
8 ์—ฌ๋Ÿ ํŒ”
9 ์•„ํ™‰ ๊ตฌ
10 ์—ด ์‹ญ

After 10, you just combine two numbers. 11 becomes ์—ดํ•˜๋‚˜ in Korean and ์‹ญ์ผ in Chinese. 12 becomes ์—ด๋‘˜ in Korean and ์‹ญ์ด in Chinese, and so on.. For the Korean system, you need to know each name for numbers that end with 0.

Count 10 to 90

Numbers Korean Chinese
10 ์—ด ์‹ญ
20 ์Šค๋ฌผ ์ด์‹ญ
30 ์„œ๋ฅธ ์‚ผ์‹ญ
40 ๋งˆํ” ์‚ฌ์‹ญ
50 ์‰ฐ ์˜ค์‹ญ
60 ์˜ˆ์ˆœ ์œก์‹ญ
70 ์ผํ” ์น ์‹ญ
80 ์—ฌ๋“  ํŒ”์‹ญ
90 ์•„ํ” ๊ตฌ์‹ญ

Count from 100

Numbers Chinese
100 ๋ฐฑ
1000 ์ฒœ
10,000 ๋งŒ
100,000 ์‹ญ๋งŒ
1,000,000 ๋ฐฑ๋งŒ
10,000,000 ์ฒœ๋งŒ
100,000,000 ์–ต

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