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 온 but no one uses it.) Anything above that, we use Chinese system. Let’s begin to learn how to say 1 to 10 first. 🙂
Count 1 to 10
After 10, you just combine two numbers. 11 becomes 열하나 in Korean and 십일 in Chinese. 12 becomes 열둘 in Korean and 십이 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
Count from 100