Level 1 Lesson 15 / Sino-Korean Numbers / 일, 이, 삼, 사 ….

In this TTMIK lesson, we are talking about numbers. In Korean there are two sets of number, one is native Korean numbers and the other set is sino-Korean numbers. Sino-Korean numbers are numbers that are based on the Chinese language (therefore if you speak Chinese, you will find that the sino-Korean numbers are quite similar to the Chinese numbers), and in this lesson we are introducing numbers 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 100, and 1,000.

Numbers are not always easy to memorize, especially if you don’t have to use them often, so be sure to practice using them every chance you get!


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Level 1 Lesson 15 / Sino-Korean Numbers / 일, 이, 삼, 사 ….
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  • Bailey Dority

    Do you have any tips on making your reading flow better while reading korean?

  • Angeline

    Is there a difference between the Sino-Korean numbers and the all Korean numbers like do you have to use a certain numbering system in a situation or can I just use one?
    For me, it would be easier to just learn the Sino-Korean numbers because I can just translate it to Chinese (my first language) than to Korean.

    • 조슈아

      These number systems are situation dependent. So unfortunately you can’t use the sino-korean numbers. (Which also makes me a bit sad because I am much more comfortable than sino-korean :P)

    • Ivis Benavides

      Just to add on to this. It is actually perfectly fine to use sino-korean numbers for numbers between 50-99 but you have to be a bit careful to make sure to use the correct counter along with it.

  • Liz

    일 이 삼 사 오 륙/육 칠 팔 구 십
    3789 – 삼천칠백팔십구
    146 – 백사십육
    25 – 이십오
    감사합니다! 🙂

  • 알렉스

    When ever 경은(maybe that’s how you spell it?) says “ya right”. I get confused because I feel like “ya right” is mostly used when expressing disbelief, like it’s mostly used sarcastically. IDK maybe that’s just me. I get what she is trying to say, but just a little weird.

    • Hannah

      i think she is translating directly from 네, 맞아요.

    • Kel U

      SAME I found it weird too because people usually say it sarcastically, but I’ve gotten used to it because she says it so much lol

  • Pia Rxttlxr

    If you want to say 16, is it 칩육 or 칩륙?

    • Brooke gg

      It’s 16 = 십육. From what I have learnt even though they pronounce it shib it’s spelt like sib and Yu = ㅠ is a vowel so it will have a ㅇ at the front. 🙂

  • Brooke gg

    I’m back to learning Korean again and I’m glad it was with this lesson, I already knew 1 – 12 & 20, 100. But it was interesting to know how to do other numbers plus 1000.

  • mxc9219

    2018 > 이전십팔

  • Kim Hiep

    I confuse to pronoun words with ending “L”. Please help me?

    Ex: il, nol da, tel le bi jeon,…

    • aly

      try putting your tongue further in like bending it inwards more

  • Leandro Guianan

    Let’s learn together 🙂

  • Jim Awofadeju

    Would 이십사 시간 be the correct way to say “24 hours” in Korean? I know that the word 시간 means both time and hour(s) and I used 이십사 as the sino-Korean number. Would I need to use the native Korean number?

    • khadija

      the correct way to say 24 hours i think is “이십사 시” because when we are telling the time for example “it’s 15 o’clock” we say “십오 시” so the hour is ” 시” and the time is “시간”


    Hey can someone specify in which conditions do we use korean number system and in which conditions do we use sino-korean number system. For eg from this lesson I understood that we can use sino-korean no. System for phone numbers and for currency. Can someone give me more such examples for each type. Thanks.

    • yeen

      You go to the market to buy apple.
      they ask you how many apples you want. You will use native number to answer the question
      When you ask them how much for this. They will use sino number

  • Vancessla

    12 in Korean sounds like “chipie” (a French word) which means “a bad girl” or “an unpleasant girl” so each time I pronounce this word it’s…weird. By the way, any french guy here ?

    • Agnès

      Moi ici je suis belge ^^

  • soziana 3

    so when u say 176, u say:
    백칠십륙 or 육?

    • 조슈아

      You say 육 because 륙 is used after a syllable that has a vowel ending. For example, when counting 일 이 삼 사 오 륙… you use 륙 because 오 has a vowel ending.

  • Fatma Shuman

    I want someone to practice Korean with on kakaotalk , ID: fatmashuman

  • Fatma Shuman

    I want a study partner , my kakaotalk ID is : Fatmashuman

  • thea gab

    How do you spell 0 (zero) in hangeul?

    • Ivis Benavides

      there are 2 words for 0: 영 or 공