Korean Sino & Currency

Posted on 27. Oct, 2014 by in Uncategorized

Korean Currency

In the previous week, you learned Sino-Korean number from 1 to 99. In this week, you will learn bigger numbers and counter for Korean currency (Won).  100 is 백/baek. 1000 is 천/choen. 10,000 is 만/man. 100,000 is 십만/sip man. 1,000,000 is 백만/baek man.

Let’s practice how to conjugate these big numbers.

5 x 100 = 500/ 오백 / o baek

500 + 1000 = 1,500천 오백/ choen o baek

3,000 + 10,000 = 13,000/man sam cheon


**1,000 won is about 1 US dollar. 1,000,000 won is 1,000 US dollar.

“Photo from bmaebell   on flickr.com


Let’s study the examples below how you can use them in real life of Korea.

How much is it? /얼마예요?/ eol ma ye yo?

It is 10,000 won/ 만 원이에요/ man won e e yo. ($10)

How much is this handbag? / 이 가방은 얼마예요? / e ga bang eun eol ma ye yo?

It is 150,000 won/십오만 원이에요/ sip o man won e ye yo. ($150)

What is the bus fare? / 버스요금이 얼마예요?/ bus yo gum e eol ma ae yo?

It is 1,050 won/ 천 오십 원이에요/ cheon o sip won e ae yo. ($1.o5)

Watch the video below to parctice more.


Let me know if you have any question regarding Korean.



Sino-Korean Number

Posted on 20. Oct, 2014 by in Uncategorized

There are two kinds of number in Korea. In this week, you will learn Sino-Korean number.  What is Sino by the way? Sino means china; Sino-Korean word is Chinese character.  Korean has used one’s own speaking language but they didn’t have their own letters for a long time.  Therefore, Korean still uses Sino number.  Let’s study Sino-Korean number from one to ten first.











After memorize these ten numbers, you just need to reuse these ten numbers to make other big numbers. For instance, if you want to say 20, you can add 이+십 (이십/eship/twenty). See more examples below.

19 (십 +구) = 십구

25 (이십 + 오) = 이십오

30 (삼 + 십) = 삼십

38 (삼 + 팔) = 삼십팔

90 (구 + 십) =구십

99 (구십 +구)= 구십구

Isn’t pertty easy to memorize? Now you can make number 1 to 99 by Sino-Korean number.  Please make sure memorie the ten numbers first and watch a video below to hear the sound.


Learning Korean Suffixes

Posted on 13. Oct, 2014 by in Uncategorized

In the previous week, you learned Korean ending verb; “How is (it)?/ (이/가) 어때요?/(e ga) eo ddae yo?” In this week, you will learn how to answer the question.  아요/어요/해요/a yo/eo yo/ hae yo is verb ending suffix. You can add these verb suffixes after infinitive of action and descriptive verbs.  You can add 아요 after ㅏand ㅗ vowels, and add 어요 after all other vowels. For instance, 좋다/jo ta/good/ becomes 좋아요. 싫다/sil ta/hate becomes 싫어요.   You have to learn this because Korean do not use infinitives in speaking.  Please see the dialog below.

  1. 날씨가 어때요?/nal ssi ga eo ddae yo/how’s weather?
  2. 좋아요./jo a yo/good
  1. 음식이 어때요?/eum sik e eo ddae yo/how’s food?
  2. 싫어요./sil eo yo/I hate it

해요 is after ㅎconsnant. For instance, 사랑한다/sa lang hand a/love you/ becomes 사랑해요/ sa lang hae yo/

Let’s study more examples with infinitives.

괜찮다 becomes 괜찮아요/gan chan a yo/that’s okay

재미있다 becomes 재미있어요/jae me it eo yo/it is fun

보고싶다 becomes 보고싶어요/bo go si peo yo/I miss you

맛있다 becomes 맛있어요/ma si seo yo/it taste good

“Photo from by keso on flickr.com”

Watch the video below to study more detail.