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### Learn Korean Listening Exercise - Numbers and Counting I

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The sentences below are also found in Nouns - Numbers and Counting.

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Sino-Korean Numerals [Dates, Minutes and Prices]

The key to memorizing the pronunciations of the Sino-Korean numerals is to learn from 1(일) to 10(십), and use these ten numbers as building blocks to learn the rest of the numbers. Here is a list of the first ten numbers:
• 1 = 일
• 2 = 이
• 3 = 삼
• 4 = 사
• 5 = 오
• 6 = 육
• 7 = 칠
• 8 = 팔
• 9 = 구
• 10 = 십

From 11 to 19, what you need to do is say 10(십) first and say the ones' number.
For example,

• 11 = 10 + 1  십 + 일 = 십일
• 12 = 10 + 2 → 십 + 이 = 십이
• 13 = 10 + 3  십 + 삼 = 십삼
• 17 = 10 + 7  십 + 칠 = 십칠
• 19 = 10 + 9  십 + 구 = 십구

From 20 and onward, it works in the same way. But in addition, 20, 30, ..., 90 are pronounced in the following way:

• 20 = 이 + 십 = 이십 (Lit. two-ten)
• 30 = 삼 + 십 = 삼십 (Lit. three-ten)
• 50 = 오 + 십 = 오십
• 80 = 팔 + 십 = 팔십
• 90 = 구 + 십 = 구십

• 21 = 이십 + 일 = 이십일 (Lit. two-ten one)
• 22 = 이십 + 이 = 이십이
• 32 = 삼십 + 이 = 삼십이
• 45 = 사십 + 오 = 사십오
• 57 = 오십 + 칠 = 오십칠
• 89 = 팔십 + 구 = 팔십구

100 is 백, and 200 is 이백 which literally means 'two-hundred.' Then how do you say 300 as a Sino-Korean numeral? Yes, it's 삼백 (Lit. three-hundred)

• 100 = 백
• 101 = 백일
• 105 = 백오
• 127 = 백이십칠
• 200 = 이백
• 219 = 이백십구
• 324 = 삼백이십사
• 508 = 오백팔
• 731 = 칠백삼십일
• 945 = 구백사십오

1000 is 천, then 2000 is? Yes, it's 이천. Then how do you say 3283 in a Sino-Korean way? It's 삼천이백팔십삼. [Lit. three-thousand two-hundred eight-ten three]

• 1000 = 천
• 1001 = 천일
• 1035 = 천삼십오
• 2427 = 이천사백이십칠
• 8492 = 팔천사백구십이

What is 10000? It's 만. It is not 십천 (or ten-thousand). 20000 is 이만, 30000 is 삼만 and so on.

• 10000 = 만
• 10002 = 만이
• 10034 = 만삼십사
• 20673 = 이만육백칠십삼
• 84832 = 팔만사천팔백삼십이

Now 100000 is 십만 and 200000 is 이십만. At this point, it'd help you understand the naming system of these numbers if you think them in terms of their number of zeros. Here is what I mean:

• 10000 is 만
• 10 0000 is 십만
• 100 0000 is 백만
• 1000 0000 is 천만
• 1 0000 0000 is 억 (NOT 만만)
• 10 0000 0000 is 십억
• 100 0000 0000 is 백억
• 1000 0000 0000 is 천억
• 1 0000 0000 0000 is 조

You can see that numbers obtain a new name every time they get additional 4 zeros. This is different to English where the name of numbers change after every additional 3 zeros. For example, 'thousand', 'million' and 'billion'.

However, when we write numbers, we follow the international standard in that the comma is placed after every threes. The examples above where the comma is placed after every 4 zeros are for the purpose of easier understanding only. Therefore:

• 만 = 10,000
• 십만 = 100,000 (NOT 10,0000)
• 백만 = 1,000,000 (NOT 100,0000)

Let's revise what we've learned above:
• 11 = 십일
• 12 = 십이
• 13 = 십삼
• 20 = 이십
• 25 = 이십오
• 30 = 삼십
• 40 = 사십
• 50 = 오십
• 56 = 오십육
• 70 = 칠십
• 80 = 팔십
• 100 = 백
• 101 = 백일
• 107 = 백칠
• 120 = 백이십
• 150 = 백오십
• 200 = 이백
• 202 = 이백이
• 537 = 오백삼십칠 [500 +30 + 7 → 오백 + 삼십 + 칠 = 오백삼십칠]
• 1000 = 천
• 2000 = 이천
• 2500 = 이천오백
• 10000 = 만
• 10500 = 만오백 [10000 + 500  만 + 오백 = 만오백]
• 53847 = 오만삼천팔백사십칠 [50000 + 3000 + 800 + 40 + 7 → 오만 + 삼천 + 팔백 + 사십 + 칠 = 오만삼천팔백사십칠]

The following are the examples of how the Sino-Korean numerals are used for dates, minutes and prices.

[Dates]

The order in which the date is written is reversed in Korean. A day of the week comes first, then a month and then a year. [a year = 년, a month = 월, a day of the week = 일]

Notice how the Sino-Korean numerals are used in pronouncing dates.
• 28 Jan 2010 → 2010년 1월 28일 = 이천십년 월 이십팔
• 17/10/2011 → 2011/10/17 = 2011년 10월 17일 =이천십일년 월 십칠

Note: 10월 is not 십월, but rather 시월. This exception is due to the awkwardness of pronouncing 십월, which is quite cumbersome to pronounce. Therefore 10월 is 시월 for the pronunciation's sake.

[Minutes]

The Sino-Korean numerals are also used for 'minutes' but not for 'hours'. The native Korean numerals which are used for pronouncing the number of 'hours' are explained below in the second section of this post.

[an hour, o'clock = 시, a minute(s) = 분, am = 오전, pm = 오후]

• 9:38 am → 오전 9시 38분 = 오전 아홉시 삼십팔
• 6:19 pm → 오후 6시 19분 = 오후 여섯시 십구

[Prices]

The Korean currency is called 'won.' Its symbol is '₩', and it's pronounced 원.

• 12,800 → 12,800원 = 만이천팔백
• 39,130 → 39,130원 = 삼만구천백삼십

1. I think you got a typing error here: 3283: 삼천이백팔심삼, supposed to be 삼천이백팔십삼

1. Typo corrected. Thanks!

2. I think there's a typing error here. 3283 is supposed to be 삼천이백팔십삼 not 삼천이백팔심삼

3. thank you for the lesson. I wonder if you have oral exercise ? would you please provide us one because i want to practice it.

4. 10000 is 만
10 0000 is 십만
100 0000 is 백만
1000 0000 is 천만
1 0000 0000 is 억 (NOT 만만)
10 0000 0000 is 십억
100 0000 0000 is 백억
1000 0000 0000 is 천억
1 0000 0000 0000 is 조

i'm confused with this part. I see 10 0000 as hundred thousand but in Korean, 십만, it literally means ten ten thousand. What do you call 10 0000 in English? I'm so confused that I dont even know if my question makes any sense. please help.

5. Shouldnt 10 0000 be 백천?