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Pure Korean Numbers: How to Count 1-100 in Korean #2 Posted by on Mar 21, 2018 in Korean Language, Pronunciation, Vocabulary

The last post was about one of the Korean numbering systems, Pure Korean numbers. I hope you had an opportunity to practice and master your counting skills in Pure Korean numbers.

If you need to review Pure Korean numbers and their pronunciation, please follow this link, Pure Numbers: How to Count 1-100 in Korean #1.

If you are not familiar with or need to review the other Korean numbering system, Sino-Korean numbers, you can also visit these two following posts.

Let’s try to tackle Pure Korean Numbers together. Once you are done guessing the following numbers in Korean, please check your answers at the bottom of this post. Good luck!!!

  • To keep in mind: The following Pure Korean numbers changer their forms when they are used with counters.

Photo by KLM

  • Pure Korean numbers with counters:
  1. _7      (Myung ( ) is used to count people.)
  2.  10      (Gae ( ) is used to count things.)
  3. _3      (Byeong ( ) is used to count bottle.)
  4.   4   마리  (Mari (마리 ) is used to count animals.)
  • a counter “__ sal ( ) ” is used to count one’s age.

ex) A: 이세요? (How old are you?)

           [myeot sal-ee-se-yo]

     B: 18 살 이에요. (18 years old.)

         [yoll-yeo-doll sal ee-ye-yo]

  1. B: 23 이에요. (23 years old.)
  1. B: 31 이에요. (12 years old.)
  • a counter “___  si ( ) ” is used to talk about the hours.

* If you would like to learn more about how to tell time in Korean, please follow this link, “Telling Time in Korean: What Time Is It Now?

  1. 12
  2. 9  
  3. 3  
  • a counter “___ dal ( )” is used to talk about the duration/length of the months
  1. 3    ( 3 months.)
  2. 5     ( 5 months.)
  3. 1       (1 month.)


Are you read to check your answer?

  1. 7              

[il-gop myung]

  1. 10  

[yoll gae]

  1. 3    

[se byeong]

4.    4    마리

[ne mari]

  1. B: 23 이에요. (23 years old.)

[s-mool-se sal ee-ye-yo]

  1. B: 31 이에요. (12 years old.)

[seo-reun-han sal ee-ye-yo]

  1. 12    

[yoll-doo si]

  1. 9  

[ah-hop si]

  1. 2  

[doo si]

  1. 3      (3 months.)

[se dal]

  1. 5     (5 months.)

[da-seot dal]

  1. 1     (1 month.)

[han dal]

감사합니다! (Thank you!)

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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...