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Sino Korean Numbers | 1 - 10,000 in Korean

Updated: Nov 6, 2022


안녕하세요 readers! Today I'll teach you how to count from 1 - 10,000 in sino Korean numbers.


It all starts with the first 10 numbers. Once you know these you'll be amazed by how many numbers you can make. I suggest you actually take a few minutes to study these 10 words before moving on to the next part (11-20). You can listen to the audio by clicking on each if needed.


(note: you may have noticed that most of these letters have other meanings as well, but don't worry these are the correct words for 1-10 in Korean. Korean is known to have many homonyms)


The next step couldn't be easier. All you need to do is use the numbers you just learned and "stack" them together to make higher numbers.


For example, 11 is literally the number 10 (십) and the number 1 (일) together. Like 10 + 1 = 11.


십일 - 11

십이 - 12

십삼 - 13

십사 - 14

십오 - 15

십육 - 16

십칠 - 17

십팔 - 18

십구 - 19


And the next number is a bit different, but we still have to stack it together. This time it's more like multiplication than addition. 2(이) x 10(십) = 20 (이십). Very simple, right?


Be careful not to confuse 십이 and 이십 | 십이- 12 & 이십 - 20 including other numbers like these

이십 - 20

삼십 - 30

사십 - 40

오십 - 50

육십 - 60

칠십 - 70

팔십 - 80

구십 - 90

  • 구십구 = 99


From here you just add the number at the end that you need.

For example: If I want to make the number 45 (40 + 5) I would do 사십 + 오 = 사십오


삼십이 - 32

오십육 - 56

칠십팔 - 78

육십일 - 61


 

Quick Practice:

(write or say these in Korean)


1.) 66

2.) 38

3.) 41

4.) 72

4.) 85


 

Now we can move on to 100 and up. You'll have to learn a new word this time around. Which is 백!

Similarly to what we just did we need to pick a number 1-9 in order to create 100,200,300, etc.


(not 일백) - 100

이백 - 200

삼백 - 300

사백 - 400

오백 - 500

육백 - 600

칠백 - 700

팔백 - 800

구백 - 900

  • 구백구십구 = 999


To make a variety of numbers, just stack them next to each other like above.


Examples:

삼백이십삼 - 323 (300 + 20 + 3)

오백육십칠 - 567

칠백팔십구 - 789

육백십이 - 612

사백사 - 404


 

Quick Practice:

(write or say these in Korean)


1.) 212

2.) 910

3.) 305

4.) 446

5.) 898


 

Next number is 천 (1000). Here we'll go through the same process as above.


(not 일천) - 1000

이천 - 2000

삼천 - 3000

사천 - 4000

오천 - 5000

육천 - 6000

칠천 - 7000

팔천 - 8000

구천 - 9000

  • 구천구백구십구 = 9999


More Examples:

삼천이백삼십사 - 3234 (3000 + 200 + 30 + 4)

오천육백칠십팔 - 5678

칠천팔백구십 - 7890

육천십이 - 6012

사천사 - 4004


The next number (and last for this post) is 10,000. In Korean this word is 만.


(not 일만) - 10,000

이만 - 20,000

삼만 - 30,000

사만 - 40,000

오만 - 50,000

육만 - 60,000

칠만 - 70,000

팔만 - 80,000

구만 - 90,000

  • 구만 구천구백구십구 - 99,999


These can be a bit tricky and are sometimes more confusing then the ones mentioned above.


Examples:

삼만 이천삼백사십오 - 32,345

오만 육천칠백팔십구 - 56,789

칠만 팔천구백일 - 78,901

육만 백이십삼 - 60,123

사만 사십오 - 40,045


1 Million = 십만


 

PRACTICE 10,000's :

(write or say these in Korean)


1.) 10,101

2.) 12,345

3.) 55,555


 

That's the end of this lesson! There is another number system - Native/Pure korean numbers and I have more lessons on those as well. Hope you learned something new today and check below to see more posts related to numbers. Have a nice day.


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