# Korean Numbers

In Korean, there are two counting systems: Sino-Korean (Chinese System) and Native Korean (Korean System).

## When to Use Each Counting System

Roughly speaking, we can use the two counting systems as the following table.

Sino-Korean takes less time to pronounce the numbers, so maybe that's one of the reasons to use it for the large numbers.

Since Sino-Korean System is based on Chinese numbers, some of them have similar sounds to them. Below are a few examples of them. Click the Korean and Chinese Characters and they will pronounce them.

## Basic: 0 and 1 to 10

In Sino-Korean, 0 is (yeong) or (gong) as "zero" or "oh" in English respectively. On the other hand, (bbang) is used to count zero in Native-Korean.

From 1 to 10, each system goes as the following table.

## From 10 to 19

From 10 to 19, both Sino-Korean and Native-Korean pronounce the numbers with the combination of "10 + number." For example, 11 is "10 (십) + 1(이)," 15 is "10 (십) + 5 (오)," and so on.

From 20, both count the same way. But Native-Korean has a distinctive name for 20, 30, 40, ..., 90, and 100. It's explained in the following paragraph.

## 10, 20, 30, ..., 100

Sino-Korean counts "number + 10," but Native-Korean has different sound for each numbers.

## After 100

After 100, the numbers are the combination of the above-mentioned numbers. Plus, we will have new numbers like "1000 (천) and 10000 (만)" that will also be keys to count large numbers.

(Just for clarity, I put a space between the Hangul in the below table, but we don't need the spaces in a real situation.)

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