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How To Tell Your Age In Korean?

Updated: Nov 7, 2023

Most of you reading this have probably seen this word "생일 축하합니다" or heard Koreans sing it to each other on their birthdays🎉. This post will help you understand how to say your age in Korean. When dealing with ages, we usually Native Korean numbers (#koreannumbers).

Simplified Explanation: Add -살

Age (In Native Korean Numbers) +



저는 열 여덟살입니다!

I am 18 years old!

Questions You Might Encounter:

몇 살이에요? (Polite/Casual)

나이가 어떻게 되세요? (Formal)

연세가 어떻게 되세요? (Honorific)


and have the same meaning, but there is a difference in when to use it and who to use it with. We use when we talk about an elder person's age and is used when talking about oneself, younger people, & friends.

is only used when you ask about and talk about someone's age older than you.

So you can say your age like this:

I am 20 years old.

나는 20(스무)살이다

Is used with sino-korean numbers only and Is used with native-korean numbers only. (#KoreanNumbers)

Also, for using :

Only use for someone's age older than you or someone who you meet at first.


1: How old are you?

연세가 어떻게 되세요.

2: He is 70 years old.

그는 70(칠십)세 입니다.

For Number 1-4 & 20, the form of the number changes If a counter comes after it.

하나 becomes

둘 =

셋 =

넷 =

스물 = 스무


두 살이다 = to be 2 years old

스물 다섯살이다 = to be 25 years old

List Of Native Korean Numbers (1-99)

*reminder: the native/pure korean number system only goes up to 99. After that, numbers 100 and up are sino-korean numbers

하나 - 1

- 2

- 3

- 4

다섯 - 5

여섯 - 6

일곱 - 7

여덟 - 8

아홉 - 9

- 10

열 하나 - 11

열 둘 - 12

열 셋 - 13

열 넷 - 14

열 다섯 - 15

열 여섯 - 16

열 일곱 - 17

열 여덟 - 18

열 아홉 - 19

스물 - 20

서른 - 30

마흔 - 40

- 50

예순 - 60

일흔 - 70

여든 - 80

아흔 - 90

아흔 아홉 - 99

나이가 어떻게 되세요? (Comment below your age in Korean)


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