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How to use Korean numbers with a counter


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Last time, we talked about Korean numbers & ordinal numbers. However, it’s important to know how to use these numbers differently. Today, we are going to talk about some counters.

The Korean numbers change slightly when followed by a counter. For example, we use the word '명(Myeong, meaning is the number of people or a person)' when we count people. When we say "one person", we have to use the word "하나(Hana, meaning is One)".

BUT, you have to change the word as "한(Han, meaning is one)", it shouldn't be "하나(Hana, meaning is One)". Therefore, the word will be "한 명(Han Myeong, meaning is one person)". 둘(Dul, meaning is two) should be 두(Du, meaning is two). 셋(Set, meaning is three) should be 세(Sae, meaning is three). 넷(Net, meaning is four) should be 네(Ne, meaning is four), 스물(S-mul, meaning is twenty)should be 스무(Smou, meaning is twenty)

There is a word 분(Bun, meaning is minute(s)). When you count the minute, it will be 일 분(ill Buwn, meaning is ‘one minute’). It shouldn’t be 하나 분(Hana Buwn). So, two minutes will be 이분(Lee Buwn, meaning is ‘two minutes’).

Today, there was short explanation, today because It would be difficult to understand it. Please keep trying hard to memorize the special counters. If you have any question, please feel free to ask me. 

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