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Starting from 101, you only have to learn the Sino-Korean numbering system, as the Native Korean numbering system is not used for numbers above 100. Before you go through this lesson, make sure you know how to count from 0 to 100 in Korean first:
101 → Baek-il (백일)
As a refresher, recall that 100 in the Sino-Korean numbering system is called baek (백), and to count forward, simply add numbers behind it.
e.g. Baek (백) + il (일) = Baek- il (백일)
200 → I-baek (이백)
To express numbers starting from 200 to 900, add numbers from 2- to 9- in front of baek (백).
e.g. I (이) + baek (백) = I-baek (이백)
300 → Sam-baek (삼백)
400 → Sa-baek (사백)
500 → O-baek (오백)
600 → Yuk-baek (육백)
700 → Chil-baek (칠백)
800 → Pal-baek (팔백)
900 → Gu-baek (구백)
Counting Thousands → ... + Cheon (천) + ...
'Thousand' in Korean is Cheon (천). To count in the thousands, simply add numbers in front of and/or behind it.
- Six thousand = Yuk-cheon (육천)
- Seven thousand = Chil-cheon (칠천)
- Six thousand seven hundred = Yuk-cheon chil-baek (육천 칠백)
Counting Ten Thousands → ... + Man (만) + ...
- Eighty thousand = Pal-man (팔만)
- Ninety thousand = Gu-man (구만)
- Eighty thousand nine hundred = Pal-man gu-baek (팔만 구백)
Counting Hundreds of Thousands → ... + Sipman (십만) + ...
Hundreds of thousands is made up of 10 (Sip 십) x 10,000 (Man 만), so together, it is called Sipman (십만). Examples:
- Two hundred thousands = I-sipman (이십만)
- Three hundred thousands = Sam-sipman (삼십만)
Counting Millions → ... + Baekman (백만) + ...
A million is Baekman (백만). Think of it as 100 (Baek 백) x 10,000 (Man 만). Examples:
- Four million = Sa-baekman (사백만)
- Five million = O-baekman (오백만)
Counting Tens of Millions → ... + Cheonman (천만) + ...
1,000 (천) x 10,000 (만) is 10,000,000 (천만). Examples:
- Six million = Yuk-cheonman (육천만)
- Seven million = Chil-cheonman (칠천만)
Try writing out these numbers in Korean and post them as comments below:
Want More Practice in Korean?
- Basic Korean (Grammar Workbook) by Professor Andrew Sangpil Byon (변상필) is a useful workbook that you can use to practice your skills in basic Korean grammar points such as forming present and past tense sentences.
- Check out KoreanClass101.com, a website where you can learn Korean guided by native speakers through audio lessons. You can start learning anywhere from Beginner, Upper Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced levels to practice on listening, vocabulary lists, and grammar pointers to fast track your goal in becoming a pro in Korean!
- Talk To Me In Korean Level 1 is a useful self-study book designed for absolute beginners to embark on their self-study journey in learning Korean.
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