Let’s get started by taking a look at what we’re going to learn today! To understand why Korea has two number systems, let’sgo all the way back to the beginning for a mini history lesson!After going through the lesson, you should know all of these numbers in Korean: We’re going to 80/20 things (learn the 20% that will get us 80% of the results). Over the years Korea has developed two systems for numbering things.To learn every number you’ll ever need to know in this Korean counting system, you only need to memorize 18 numbers! Learn the numbers 1-10 plus the words for hundred, thousand, ten thousand and a few increments after that and you can create all the other numbers easily through simple combinations. You’d have to learn a lot more numbers than you do in Korean, because each multiple of ten has a new name in English.
You’ll be asked to use the information we’ve given you to come up with answers before we present them and this will help you retain the information better.
These are optional and you may wish to just memorize the numbers we’ve presented to you and move on, but we recommend going through them. Give the following exercise a go so you learn for yourself how easy it is to create the larger Korean numbers!
If the number is greater than twenty, then the appropriate number is added in front of the tens digit to indicate.
For example, twenty is 이십 because it is “two tens.” Likewise, thirty is 삼십 because it is “three tens,” and so on.
The bad news is *brace yourself* —– we must learn two completely different systems of numbers in Korean and they both have their own uses!
So buckle up and get ready, we’re in for one bumpy ride!
We’ll kick things off with a table of the numbers so we know what we’re in for.
Then, we’ll discuss ways to break down your learning into easily digestible chunks.
Our 90 Minute Challenge will give you visual associations and teach you everything you need to know to be reading Korean in the next 90 minutes (or less)!