Korean Numbers: How to Count to 1,000+ in Korean

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In this post, you’ll learn all about Korean numbers, including how to count to 1,000+ in Korean.

Numbers are used so frequently in everyday life and are a great place to start when learning a foreign language. After all, when we learn a language, we need them for all manner of things, from telling the time to paying the bill at a restaurant.

Korean is one of the most popular languages to learn right now, due in large part to its increased popularity and the worldwide fascination with Korean pop culture.

So, let’s get started and find out not only how to count in Korean, but also why Korean numbers are the way they are.ย 

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Korean Number Systems: READ THIS FIRST!

Before we begin to count in Korean, you have to learn about the two Korean number systems in the Korean language.

They are called the Sino Korean numbers, (or the China system), and Native Korean numbers.

If you are not a native Korean speaker, this may be a bit tricky to understand. You may be asking yourself: Why are there two different systems for numbers in Korean and what is the difference between the two systems?

Below, you will find descriptions of both systems and how and when to use them.

Sino Korean Number System

This first system is called Sino numbers and is derived from Chinese characters. After all, China had a big influence on the Korean writing system.

As you may know, China was very involved both politically and culturally in Korean everyday life. Before Korea developed its own system of writing, called Hangul, they used Chinese characters to write.

Sino numbers can use Chinese characters, but in modern times, they are usually written in Hangul.

Modern Koreans use the Sino numbers in Hangul, but use characters that allow the numbers to be pronounced how they would have been with the Chinese numbers.

Although the Korean language has, in large part, moved away from Chinese characters, there are still vestiges of the Chinese language in the Korean alphabet and especially in its numbers system.

The Sino Korean system and Sino numbers are used to do the math, measure things, write out Korean phone numbers, count up money (Korean won), and count months, days, and years.

The Sino-Korean system is also used for naming the months of the year. Pretty cool, right?

Native Korean Number System

The native Korean system uses numbers in the native Korean writing system known as Hangul.

This number system was developed after the Sino-Korean numbers system but is just as commonly used in the Korean language today.

One major difference between the Sino Korean numbers and native Korean numbers is that the number zero does not exist as one of the native Korean numbers.

Despite this, there are still two different ways to say zero in the Korean language, ์˜ (Yeong) and ๊ณต (Gong).

The native Korean counting system and native Korean numbers are used not only when counting things like most inanimate objects, but also when counting people, telling the time, and telling someone’s age.

There are also only 99 numbers in Korean in this system.

How to Count in Korean

In order to count in Korean, you have to learn both how to write the Korean words that symbolize the numbers and how to pronounce each of them.

Below, I will show you the numbers followed by either the Sino numbers or the native ones.

Then, you will find the pronunciation of each number, so that you can practice pronouncing these numbers in Korean.

Numbers 1-10 in Sino Korean Number System

1ย  ์ผ (il)

2ย  ์ด (i)

3ย  ์‚ผ (sam)

4ย  ์‚ฌ (sa)

5ย  ์˜ค (o)

6ย  ์œก (yuk)

7ย  ์น  (chil)

8ย  ํŒ” (pal)

9 ๊ตฌ (gu)

10 ์‹ญ (sip)

Numbers 1-10 in Native Korean Number System

1 ํ•˜๋‚˜ (hana)

2 ๋‘˜ (dul)

3 ์…‹ (set)

4 ๋„ท (net)

5 ๋‹ค์„ฏ (daseot)

6 ์—ฌ์„ฏ (yeoseot)

7 ์ผ๊ณฑ (ilgop)

8 ์—ฌ๋Ÿ (yeodeol)

9 ์•„ํ™‰ (ahop)

10 ์—ด (yeol)

Numbers 10-19 in Korean

Now that we have the basic numbers in Korean, we will move on to the teens.

The process of counting in Korean is to combine two or more number characters together to make a new number.

This process of character combination is called stacking.

With the teen numbers, all you have to do is take the character for 10, (Sino Korean system: ์‹ญ or native Korean system: ์—ด), and add any number from 1-9 to the right of it to make the numbers in Korean.

Let’s start with an easy one: 11 in Korean

With the Sino Korean numbers, 1o is ์‹ญ (sip) and 1 is ์ผ (il), so when we combine the two it will look like this: ์‹ญ์ผ (sipil).

We can apply the same rule to the native numbers by combining 10 or ์—ด (yeol) and 1 or ํ•˜๋‚˜ (hana) to make ์—ดํ•˜๋‚˜ (yeolhana).

Following this rule, the rest of the teens look as follows:

Sino Korean numbers and Native Korean Numbers

12 ์‹ญ์ด 12 ์—ด๋‘˜

13 ์‹ญ์‚ผ 13 ์—ด์…‹

14 ์‹ญ์‚ฌ 14 ์—ด๋„ท

15 ์‹ญ์˜ค 15 ์—ด๋‹ค์„ฏ

16 ์‹ญ์œก 16 ์—ด์—ฌ์„ฏ

17 ์‹ญ์น  17 ์—ด์ผ๊ณฑ

18 ์‹ญํŒ” 18 ์—ด์—ฌ๋Ÿ

19 ์‹ญ๊ตฌ 19 ์—ด์•„ํ™‰

For each number, I have put the ten in bold so that you can see the distinction between the two in each Korean word.

Korean Number Pronunciation

All of the Sino Korean numbers will start with sip, so they are as follows:

sipi (12)

sipsam (13)

sipsa (14)

sipo (15)

sipyuk (16)

sipchil (17)

sippal (18)

sipgu (19)

All of the native Korean numbers will start with yeol, so they are as follows:

yeoldul (12)

yeolset (13)

yeolnet (14)

yeoldaseot (15)

yeolyeoseot (16)

yeolilgob (17)

yeolyeodeol (18)

yeolahop (19)

For the following groupings, I will put the pronunciations next to each character so that you can see them side by side with the characters.

Numbers 20-29 in Korean

Just like with the teens, the only character that changes in the group of 20s is the last one in the combination.

The number 20 in the Sino numbers is written like this: ์ด์‹ญ and the pronunciation is isip.

As you can see, a new character was added to the front of the ten or sip character.

This new character and the sip character will remain buddies for the whole 20s grouping and will serve as the constant.

The same goes for the native numbers in Korean.

The native Korean word for 10 has stayed the same and a new character has been added to the front. The native Korean number 20 is ์Šค๋ฌผ and the pronunciation is seumul.

Numbers 21-29 in Korean

21 ์ด์‹ญ์ผ (isipil) 21 ์Šค๋ฌผํ•˜๋‚˜ (seumulhana)

22 ์ด์‹ญ์ด (isipi) 22 ์Šค๋ฌผ๋‘˜ (seumuldul)

23 ์ด์‹ญ์‚ผ (isipsam) 23 ์Šค๋ฌผ์…‹ (seumulset)

24 ์ด์‹ญ์‚ฌ (isipsa) 24 ์Šค๋ฌผ๋„ท (seumulnet)

25 ์ด์‹ญ์˜ค (isipo) 25 ์Šค๋ฌผ๋‹ค์„ฏ (seumuldaseot)

26 ์ด์‹ญ์œก (isipyuk) 26 ์Šค๋ฌผ์—ฌ์„ฏ (seumulyeoseot)

27 ์ด์‹ญ์น  (isipchil) 27 ์Šค๋ฌผ์ผ๊ณฑ (seumulilgop)

28 ์ด์‹ญํŒ” (isippal) 28 ์Šค๋ฌผ์—ฌ๋Ÿ (seumulyeodeol)

29 ์ด์‹ญ๊ตฌ (isipgu) 29 ์Šค๋ฌผ์•„ํ™‰ (seumulahop)

Numbers 30-39 in Korean

30 ์‚ผ์‹ญ (samsip) 30 ์„œ๋ฅธ (seoreun)

31 ์‚ผ์‹ญ์ผ (samsipil) 31 ์„œ๋ฅธํ•˜๋‚˜ (seoreunhana)

32 ์‚ผ์‹ญ์ด (samsipi) 32 ์„œ๋ฅธ๋‘˜ (seoreundul)

33 ์‚ผ์‹ญ์‚ผ (samsipsam) 33 ์„œ๋ฅธ์…‹ (seoreunset)

34 ์‚ผ์‹ญ์‚ฌ (samsipsa) 34 ์„œ๋ฅธ๋„ท (seoreunnet)

35 ์‚ผ์‹ญ์˜ค (samsipo) 35 ์„œ๋ฅธ๋‹ค์„ฏ (seoreundaseot)

36 ์‚ผ์‹ญ์œก (samsipyuk) 36 ์„œ๋ฅธ์—ฌ์„ฏ (seoreunyeoseot)

37 ์‚ผ์‹ญ์น  (samsipchil) 37 ์„œ๋ฅธ์ผ๊ณฑ (seoreunilgop)

38 ์‚ผ์‹ญํŒ” (samsippal) 38 ์„œ๋ฅธ์—ฌ๋Ÿ (seureunyeodeol)

39 ์‚ผ์‹ญ๊ตฌ (samsipgu) 39 ์„œ๋ฅธ์•„ํ™‰ (seureunahop)

Numbers 40-49 in Korean

40 ์‚ฌ์‹ญ (sasip) 40 ๋งˆํ” (maheun)

41 ์‚ฌ์‹ญ์ผ (sasipil) 41 ๋งˆํ”ํ•˜๋‚˜ (maheunhana)

42 ์‚ฌ์‹ญ์ด (sasipi) 42 ๋งˆํ”๋‘˜ (maheundul)

43 ์‚ฌ์‹ญ์‚ผ (sasipsam) 43 ๋งˆํ”์…‹ (maheunset)

44 ์‚ฌ์‹ญ์‚ฌ (sasipsa) 44 ๋งˆํ”๋„ท (maheunnet)

45 ์‚ฌ์‹ญ์˜ค (sasipo) 45 ๋งˆํ”๋‹ค์„ฏ (maheundaseot)

46 ์‚ฌ์‹ญ์œก (sasipyuk) 46 ๋งˆํ”์—ฌ์„ฏ (maheunyeoseot)

47 ์‚ฌ์‹ญ์น  (sasipchil) 47 ๋งˆํ”์ผ๊ณฑ (maheunilgop)

48 ์‚ฌ์‹ญํŒ” (sasippal) 48 ๋งˆํ”์—ฌ๋Ÿ (maheunyeodeol)

49 ์‚ฌ์‹ญ๊ตฌ (sasipgu) 49 ๋งˆํ”์•„ํ™‰ (maheunahop)

Numbers 50-59 in Korean

50 ์˜ค์‹ญ (osip) 50 ์‰ฐ (swin)

51 ์˜ค์‹ญ์ผ (osipil) 51 ์‰ฐํ•˜๋‚˜ (swinhana)

52 ์˜ค์‹ญ์ด (osipi) 52 ์‰ฐ๋‘˜ (swindul)

53 ์˜ค์‹ญ์‚ผ (osipsam) 53 ์‰ฐ์…‹ (swinset)

54 ์˜ค์‹ญ์‚ฌ (osipsa) 54 ์‰ฐ๋„ท (swinnet)

55 ์˜ค์‹ญ์˜ค (osipo) 55 ์‰ฐ๋‹ค์„ฏ (swindaseot)

56 ์˜ค์‹ญ์œก (osipyuk) 56 ์‰ฐ์—ฌ์„ฏ (swinyeoseot)

57 ์˜ค์‹ญ์น  (osipchil) 57 ์‰ฐ์ผ๊ณฑ (swinilgop)

58 ์˜ค์‹ญํŒ” (osippal) 58 ์‰ฐ์—ฌ๋Ÿ (swinyeodeol)

59 ์˜ค์‹ญ๊ตฌ (osipgu) 59 ์‰ฐ์•„ํ™‰ (swinahop)

Numbers 60-69 in Korean

60 ์œก์‹ญ (yuksip) 60 ์˜ˆ์ˆœ (yesun)

61 ์œก์‹ญ์ผ (yuksipil) 61 ์˜ˆ์ˆœํ•˜๋‚˜ (yesunhana)

62 ์œก์‹ญ์ด (yuksipi) 62 ์˜ˆ์ˆœ๋‘˜ (yesundul)

63 ์œก์‹ญ์‚ผ (yuksipsam) 63 ์˜ˆ์ˆœ์…‹ (yesunset)

64 ์œก์‹ญ์‚ฌ (yuksipsa) 64 ์˜ˆ์ˆœ๋„ท (yesunnet)

65 ์œก์‹ญ์˜ค (yuksipo) 65 ์˜ˆ์ˆœ๋‹ค์„ฏ (yesundaseot)

66 ์œก์‹ญ์œก (yuksipyuk) 66 ์˜ˆ์ˆœ์—ฌ์„ฏ (yesunyeoseot)

67 ์œก์‹ญ์น  (yuksipchil) 67 ์˜ˆ์ˆœ์ผ๊ณฑ (yesunilgop)

68 ์œก์‹ญํŒ” (yuksippal) 68 ์˜ˆ์ˆœ์—ฌ๋Ÿ (yesunyeodeol)

69 ์œก์‹ญ๊ตฌ (yuksipgu) 69 ์˜ˆ์ˆœ์•„ํ™‰ (yesunahop)

Numbers 70-79 in Korean

70 ์น ์‹ญ (chilsip) 70 ์ผํ” (ilheun)

71 ์น ์‹ญ์ผ (chilsipil) 71 ์ผํ”ํ•˜๋‚˜ (ilheunhana)

72 ์น ์‹ญ์ด (chilsipi) 72 ์ผํ”๋‘˜ (ilheundul)

73 ์น ์‹ญ์‚ผ (chilsipsam) 73 ์ผํ”์…‹ (ilheunset)

74 ์น ์‹ญ์‚ฌ (chilsipsa) 74 ์ผํ”๋„ท (ilheunnet)

75 ์น ์‹ญ์˜ค (chilsipo) 75 ์ผํ”๋‹ค์„ฏ (ilheundaseot)

76 ์น ์‹ญ์œก (chilsipyuk) 76 ์ผํ”์—ฌ์„ฏ (ilheunyeoseot)

77 ์น ์‹ญ์น  (chilsipchil) 77 ์ผํ”์ผ๊ณฑ (ilheunilgop)

78 ์น ์‹ญํŒ” (chilsippal) 78 ์ผํ”์—ฌ๋Ÿ (ilheunyeodeol)

79 ์น ์‹ญ๊ตฌ (chilsipgu) 79 ์ผํ”์•„ํ™‰ (ilheunahop)

Numbers 80-89 in Korean

80 ํŒ”์‹ญ (palsip) 80 ์—ฌ๋“  (yeodeun)

81 ํŒ”์‹ญ์ผ (palsipil) 81 ์—ฌ๋“ ํ•˜๋‚˜ (yeodeunhana)

82 ํŒ”์‹ญ์ด (palsipi) 82 ์—ฌ๋“ ๋‘˜ (yeodeundul)

83 ํŒ”์‹ญ์‚ผ (palsipsam) 83 ์—ฌ๋“ ์…‹ (yeodeunset)

84 ํŒ”์‹ญ์‚ฌ (palsipsa) 84 ์—ฌ๋“ ๋„ท (yeodeunnet)

85 ํŒ”์‹ญ์˜ค (palsipo) 85 ์—ฌ๋“ ๋‹ค์„ฏ (yeodeundaseot)

86 ํŒ”์‹ญ์œก (palsipyuk) 86 ์—ฌ๋“ ์—ฌ์„ฏ (yeodeunyeoseot)

87 ํŒ”์‹ญ์น  (palsipchil) 87 ์—ฌ๋“ ์ผ๊ณฑ (yeodeunilgop)

88 ํŒ”์‹ญํŒ” (palsippal) 88 ์—ฌ๋“ ์—ฌ๋Ÿ (yeodeunyeodeol)

89 ํŒ”์‹ญ๊ตฌ (palsipgu) 89 ์—ฌ๋“ ์•„ํ™‰ (yeodeunahop)

Numbers 90-99 in Korean

90 ๊ตฌ์‹ญ (gusip) 90 ์•„ํ” (aheun)

91 ๊ตฌ์‹ญ์ผ (gusipil) 91 ์•„ํ”ํ•˜๋‚˜ (aheunhana)

92 ๊ตฌ์‹ญ์ด (gusipi) 92 ์•„ํ”๋‘˜ (aheundul)

93 ๊ตฌ์‹ญ์‚ผ (gusipsam) 93 ์•„ํ”์…‹ (aheunset)

94 ๊ตฌ์‹ญ์‚ฌ (gusipsa) 94 ์•„ํ”๋„ท (aheunnet)

95 ๊ตฌ์‹ญ์˜ค (gusipo) 95 ์•„ํ”๋‹ค์„ฏ (aheundaseot)

96 ๊ตฌ์‹ญ์œก (gusipyuk) 96 ์•„ํ”์—ฌ์„ฏ (aheunyeoseot)

97 ๊ตฌ์‹ญ์น  (gusipchil) 97 ์•„ํ”์ผ๊ณฑ (aheunilgop)

98 ๊ตฌ์‹ญํŒ” (gusippal) 98 ์•„ํ”์—ฌ๋Ÿ (aheunyeodeol)

99 ๊ตฌ์‹ญ๊ตฌ (gusipgu) 99 ์•„ํ”์•„ํ™‰ (aheunahop)

Numbers 100 and above in Korean

After 99, you don’t have to worry about the native numbers anymore.

From this point, all you need to focus on after this point is the Sino-Korean system.

Since you now know how to count in Korean in the double digits, you can use the same tools to count in the triple digits and beyond.

Just like above, the bigger the number, the more to combine. As you stacked the characters for the 10s through 90s, you’ll now stack even more characters to create bigger numbers.

Hundreds and thousands in Korean

The Sino Korean number for 100 is ๋ฐฑ or baek.

For each number in the 100’s, you will add the smaller number in front of the ๋ฐฑ. I will put a few more examples of the triple digits below:

300 ์…‹๋ฐฑ (sambaek)

400 ์‚ฌ๋ฐฑ (sabaek)

500 ์˜ค๋ฐฑ (obaek)

1,000 in Korean ์ฒœ (cheon)

The same rules that apply to the 100s apply here.

10,000 in Korean

The Korean number for ten thousand is ๋งŒ or man.

This is an important word because after this number, thousands of numbers in Korean that are bigger than this use the ๋งŒ symbol.

Such numbers include:

100,000 (์‹ญ๋งŒ or simman)

1,000,000 (๋ฐฑ๋งŒor baekman)

10,000,000 (์ฒœ๋งŒ or cheonman)

Phone Numbers in Korean

Phone numbers are different in every country and it gets even more complicated when different languages use different characters.

In English, we are used to using the Arabic numeral system to count.

However, in Korean, telephone numbers are written out in Sino numbers.

Follow the rules above for bigger numbers to write out phone numbers in Korean.

Summing Up: How to Count to 100+ in Korean

After reading this post, I hope you can feel confident about your Korean skills and feel ready to show off how to count in Korean at your next gathering.

Korean can be harder than other languages but can be so rewarding if you work on it and start to feel good about your language learning.

Good luck and please feel free to try Lingopie to learn Korean. Lingopie is an online platform that enables you to learn Korean (not just Korean numbers) through video, including TV shows and movies.

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Author bio:

James is the founder of travel-lingual.com.ย He is a tutor of English, Spanish, and Italian. Furthermore, he has visited 35 countries and has tried dozens of language courses to date.

He has worked as a language teacher in France, Spain, Argentina, and Costa Rica. His love of languages led him to create this blog, to share best practices in language learning and inspire others to learn!
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