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여러분, 안녕하세요? 에이미에요. Hi, everybody! I’m Amy.
Welcome back to KoreanClass101.com’s 삼분 한국어, the fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Korean.
In the last lesson we learned the phrase, 얼마에요? ("How much is it?"). We also learned how to understand the answer. It will be a Chinese-based number followed by the word 원 and 이에요. By now, you should be able to understand any amount up to 999 won.
But that won’t get you very far in Korea! Coins come in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 50, 100, and 500 won. Bills come in 1000, 5000, 10000, and recently 50000.
Why are these numbers so big? Because a single won isn’t worth very much money. Even if you’re just going to pick up a cheap lunch, you’ll end up paying thousands of won!
Because the numbers involved in Korean prices are so high, you'll need to be able to count above 999.
The Korean word for "thousand" is 천. Do you know how to say "one thousand five hundred won"? Of course—it's 천 오백 원!
What about something that costs ten thousand won? You might expect this number to be 십천 원 because it has ten thousands. But actually, there's no such number as 십천. Like Chinese, Korean has a special unit for ten thousand: That’s 만.
So "ten thousand four hundred won" would be “만 사백원."
Can you guess how to say "twelve thousand won"?
Yes, it's 만 이천 원!
What about "one hundred thousand."? Can you figure out how to say that?
You didn't say 백천, did you? Koreans don't think of "one hundred thousand" as a hundred thousands; we think of it as ten “ten-thousands”. So we say it 십만. That's 십 ("ten") times 만 ("ten thousand").
Now it’s time for Amy’s insights.
The won takes its name from this Chinese character. Believe it or not, so do the Japanese yen and the Chinese yuan. Those are just different names for the same Chinese character, which originally means "round."
In this lesson we learned how to count won. Next time, we'll look at ways get a discount.
다음에 또 봐요!

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KoreanClass101.com
Friday at 6:30 pm
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Monday at 3:29 pm
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Hi Jamil,

Thank you for posting. Like you said, there is a number word ‘만’, which means ten thousand. However, if you see ~만 attached to a word (usually after a noun), it means ‘just’. For example:

일주일만 연장해주세요. (Please extend(the deadline) by just a week)
고기만 먹을래요. (I just want to eat the meat.)

Hope this was of help. Please let us know if you have any other inquiries.

Best,
Lyn
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Jamil
Saturday at 2:34 pm
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Hi!

Thank you for the very detailed lesson, although I have a question, under the sample sentences of lesson notes i find
오백원만 주세요 = “Please just give me five hundred won.”
however there’s a 만 in the end of 오백원, what does it means? because I am thinking of it meaning as ten thousand :)

Thanks in advance

-Jamil

Friday at 7:29 pm
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Hello AT,

Yes, Korean people use Arabic numbers, so you will be able to find price tags in numbers at a store in Korea : )

Thank you for asking,

Jae
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AT
Wednesday at 11:54 pm
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Do Koreans use Arabic numbers? Do stores have their price tags in Arabic numbers or written in hangul for example?

Tuesday at 9:39 pm
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Hi Danesha,

Thanks for posting. Yes, 15,600won would be written in Korean as 만 오천 육백원. :smile:
Please let us know if you have any other inquiries.

Best,
Lyn
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Danesha Wesley
Tuesday at 9:23 am
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So 15,600 would be 만오천육백원 ?

Tuesday at 9:57 am
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Hi LouisVuittonHandBags Information,

Thanks for the positive feedback! :smile:

Hi junnie,

Thanks for posting. We found no problem with the video. It may be due to your subscription level. If your membership is ‘basic’ level you will get access to the first three videos per lesson series. To access the rest, you will need to upgrade to a premium account:

https://www.koreanclass101.com/helpcenter/billingsubscription/subscription

Please let us know if this was of help.

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Lyn
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junnie
Monday at 3:46 am
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why can’t i watch the video??

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Supreme Post��Tanks 4 sharing!

Tuesday at 12:46 pm
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Hi Aliff,

Thank you for the comment. Could you let us know the details about the graphic issue? I’ve just checked the video again but couldn’t find the issues, so your feedback would be very helpful to see and fix the issue.

Thank you,

Jae
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