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Pure Korean Numbers: How to Count 1-100 in Korean #1 Posted by on Mar 14, 2018 in Korean Language, Pronunciation, Vocabulary

As I mentioned in my last post, Sino Korean Numbers: How to Count 1-100 in Korean #1, the Korean language has two different numbering systems, Sino-Korean and Pure Korean Numbers. This post will give you an opportunity to learn the other Korean numbering systems, Pure Korean numbers.

If you are not familiar with or need to review Sino-Korean numbers, please visit these two following posts.

While Sino-Korean numbers are used to talk about phone numbers, addresses, prices, dates, minutes and seconds of time, Pure Korean Numbers are mainly used in the following circumstances with counting units. Once you practice pure Korean numbers with this post, you will have an opportunity to practice Pure Korean numbers with counting units in the second series of this post.

  • to count objects
  • to talk about one’s age
  • to tell hours
  • to tell the duration of the years and months

The following charts and recordings will give you a quick reference guide to Pure Korean numbers. Once you learn to count ‘1 – 10’ and ‘Tens’ in Pure Korean numbers, you will be able to recognize the patterns in counting 11-99.

  1. Pure Korean Numbers: 1-10

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2.  The “Tens” in Pure Korean Numbers: 10-100


Photo by KLM

* 100 –   is the same as the Sino-Korean.

  1. Combined ‘Tens’ and ‘Single digits’ in Pure Korean Numbers: 1-50

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  1. Combined ‘Tens’ and ‘Single digits’ in Pure Korean Numbers: 51-100

Photo by KLM

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안녕하세요? My name is Kyung-Hwa, and I am a native of South Korea. I am accustomed to both English and Korean languages and cultures. I greatly appreciate and love both of them. I am passionate about learning different languages, and I have studied English, Japanese, and Spanish. In my spare time, I take joy in singing, playing the piano, and reading books. I also enjoy traveling around the world, meeting people, and embracing new cultures and languages...