Level 2 Lesson 9 / Counters / 개, 명

We are always surrounded by objects, people, animals and many other stuff, and more often than not, we get to COUNT them. Korean has a different kind of counting system from that of English, so let’s learn how to count things (and people) in Korean. In Korean there are hundreds of counters or counting units, but the two words that are most frequently used are 개 and 명. Let us find out how to use them in context and also learn a few other counters. Thank you for studying with us and please feel free to leave us comments and questions!!

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Level 2 Lesson 9 / Counters / 개, 명
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  • María Paz

    한국친구 한 명 있어요~!

  • Yuki

    한국친구 없어요 ㅠㅠ

  • jjk

    저는 한국친구 없어요..

  • Anna

    한국친구 두 명 있어요.

  • Neco_Coneco

    한국친구가 없어요. 그런데 학교에 한국선배는 한 명 있어요.

  • shannon

    한국친구 십일 개 있어요^^

    • Catsy

      Do not count people with 개. You count people with 명. 개 is for things and can imply you don’t view people as living beings.

  • Juss Call Mhe Toni

    한국축구 한 명 있어요

    • Catsy

      Do you mean friend? this is 친구

  • Ami Walker

    한국친구 없어요.
    다섯시 십분.

  • dearbangtan

    저는 개 네 마리 있어요.

    • Catsy

      Yeah it’s right, you should practice using markers with the things you have. 개가 네 마리 있어요.

  • Catsy

    SARAM can only be used for a few people, like 2-3 and MYEONG is the generic counter for people. BOON (or BUN) is the respectful counter for people.

    • Sneaky15

      Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. That makes sense. Thank you!

    • Catsy

      Five months later you probably already knew it. I think there’s a timeframe in which to answer questions here lol.

    • Sneaky15


    • Sneaky15

      Luckily for you, I didn’t YET. I’m sure I was about to though lol

  • Ryan

    저는 한국친구 네 명 있어요.

  • Safyre Adshead

    저는 생산님 여덟 명 있어요. 맞아요?

  • Safyre Adshead

    저는 한국친구 공 명 있어요

  • Lisa

    저는 한국친구 두 명 있어요. 맞아요?

  • Amal

    한국 친구 없어요. 그런데 한국 사림 한 명 알아요.

  • Yash Gupta

    자는 한극친구 두 명 있어요.

    • 우유

      *저는 한국

  • NateymanB

    한국 친구 업서요..

    • Hala


  • Toby Butcher

    저는 한국친구 한 명 있어요. (여자친구!)

  • Ana Margarida Modest

    저는 한국친구 없어요 ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

  • Aimee Garcia

    저는 한국 친구 두 명 있어요

  • 재씨

    한국진구 없어요 그런데 인도진구 두 명 있어요.

    • Jenifer

      저도 인도인이에요. 여기에서 만나서 반갑다.

  • Čeda Veličković

    한국 친구 없어 ㅠㅠ
    내 친구 있을 거야?

  • Benedict David

    한국 친구 한 명도 없어요…

  • Elizabeth Asomaning

    Please is 지금 당신에게 이야기는 거 미안해요 correct?

  • Jigmet Dolker

    한국 친구 한 명 있어요 :)))

  • Laura Cameron

    i am on my moms account but i have about 30 korean friends. i am on my laptop so cant type in korean hh. i have 150 friends but they are more of aquaintances

  • Adriana Rivas

    한국 친구 없어요 :((((( So sad hahaha.

    Can someone help with this one:
    저는 고양이 정말 좋아요 그래서 고양이 두마리 있어요
    I really like cats so I have two cats.

  • akemi

    한국 친구 다섯 명 있어요.

  • Ashish Tamang

    Hi Team, a little doubt. I know that 개 counter is apply for things in normal and 권 for books. but when counting passport why there is 여권 두 개 (two passports)? 여권 is like 수첩. but why not 여권 두 권. please elaborate. so much confusing.
    Thanks in advance.