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Episode 7: 3 Most Useful Counters

안녕 친구들! 마가리타입니당~!

Ugh I hate being sick... some people say raspy voices are sexy but I just sound like a man when I have a cold... grrrrr

Anyhow, this week we're kind of concluding the counting chapter for now with an episode about a special aspect of Korean language, which some of you may find to be totally foreign and new and that is COUNTERS :) I know there are a few more things I would like to talk about regarding numbers and counting in Korean but I'll give you guys a break and talk about something new next week!


* These guys will allow you to count pretty much ANYTHING in Korean even if you may not know a specific counter for whatever you are talking about (how cool is that?!)

1. 개- counter for things and any inanimate object (from chairs to apples)

2. 명- counter for people (doesn't matter old/young, male/female, etc.)

* 분- formal counter for people (used when speaking respectfully to elders or someone of a higher social status)

3. 마리- counter for animals (please refrain from using this when referring to humans, because that's very rude)


It's great to know counters but it's even better to know how to use them in a sentence! All counters can be used in two ways with no difference in meaning:

사람 두 명 or 두 명의 사람 --> two people

펜 다섯 개 or 다섯 개의 펜 --> five pens

Phrases above are still not complete sentences though and they lack the subject, object and the action of the sentence. When we include counters in a sentence, they go after the number of things you are counting like, [thing] --> [number] --> [counter] -->[particles].

나는 펜 네 개를* 샀어 - I bought four pens

*Did you notice how in this sentence the pens are an object of the sentence so we add the object marking particle after the counter 나는 햄버거 두 개를 먹었어 - I ate two hamburgers 나는 어제 친구 다섯 명을 만났어 - I met five friends yesterday


Numbers 1,2,3,4, and 20 change a little bit when used with counters

1 = 하나 --> 한 2 = 둘 --> 두 3 = 셋 --> 세 4 = 넷 --> 네 20 = 스물 --> 스무


사과 다섯개 있어요 (There are 5 apples)

나는 어제 친구 여섯명을 만났어요 (I met up with 6 friends yesterday)

방에 고양이 두마리가 있어요 (There are 2 cats in the room)

세 분이세요? (Are you a group of three people?)

Hope this helped you guys. If you have any further questions, let me know :)

Much love,


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