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Seol: 안녕하세요. 윤설입니다.
Keith: Keith here! Exchanging Phone Numbers. I like this lesson. Don’t tell me you don’t like it.
Seol: You need my phone number?
Keith: Yeah.
Seol: You want to ask it?
Keith: Yeah.
Seol: Okay.
Keith: Hey, you haven’t been picking up my phone calls these days. Have you changed your number or something or…?
Seol: Yeah.
Keith: A little too busy for me?
Seol: Okay. I don’t have your phone number and you have my own phone number too. Yeah, I’m using the same number so you don’t have to worry about it.
Keith: You know what I’m going to ask you for your number anyway. But this time, I’m going to do it in Korean.
Seol: 화이팅!
Keith: Let’s mess up. So in today’s lesson, you’re going to be listening to two people exchanging their phone numbers, their cell phone numbers to be more exact. To do that, we need to know the basic numbers in Korean. So in today’s lesson, we’re going to be covering the Sino Korean numbers. These are numbers influenced by China. Korean has two number systems. So today, just know that we’re going to be working on the Sino Korean numbers. So let’s jump right into it.

Lesson conversation

전화번호가 뭡니까?
윤설 영-일-일-이-사-삼-육-칠-팔-팔-구입니다. 전화번호가 뭡니까?
Seol: 한 번 더 천천히.
전화번호가 뭡니까?
윤설 영-일-일-이-사-삼-육-칠-팔-팔-구입니다. 전화번호가 뭡니까?
Seol: 영어로 한 번 더.
전화번호가 뭡니까?
Keith: What is your telephone number?
윤설 영-일-일-이-사-삼-육-칠-팔-팔-구입니다. 전화번호가 뭡니까?
Keith: It is 011-2436-7889. What is your telephone number?
Keith: It is 019-9923-4155.
Keith: Seol, what did you think of these numbers?
Seol: Too many.
Keith: Too many, right? Well actually, you know what? I think Korean numbers or the Sino Korean numbers are pretty easy actually. If you memorize them, you can count to whenever you want them.
Seol: Yeah. Yes, yes.
Keith: It’s pretty easy. So why don’t we learn this awesome Sino Korean numbers? First we have…
Seol: 전화 [natural native speed]
Keith: “Phone.” Next is…
Seol: 번호 [natural native speed]
Keith: “Number.” Together it’s…
Seol: 전화번호 [natural native speed]
Keith: “Phone number.”
Seol: 전화번호 [slowly - broken down by syllable]. 전화번호 [natural native speed].
Keith: This is followed by…
Seol: 뭡니까? [natural native speed].
Keith: “What.” This is the question word “what” in the most polite form.
Seol: 뭡니까? [slowly - broken down by syllable]. 뭡니까? [natural native speed].
Keith: We’re going to go over the numbers zero through ten. So first is zero.
Seol: 공 [natural native speed]
Keith: This is also said as…
Seol: 일 [natural native speed]
Keith: Okay. These two are interchangeable.
Seol: 공 [natural native speed], 일 [natural native speed].
Keith: One (Chinese character-based Korean).
Seol: 일 [natural native speed]
Keith: Two (Chinese character-based Korean).
Seol: 이 [natural native speed]
Keith: Three (Chinese character-based Korean).
Seol: 삼 [natural native speed]
Keith: Four (Chinese character-based Korean).
Seol: 사 [natural native speed]
Keith: Five (Chinese character-based Korean).
Seol: 오 [natural native speed]
Keith: Six (Chinese character-based Korean).
Seol: 육 [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Keith: Seven (Chinese character-based Korean).
Seol: 칠 [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Keith: Eight (Chinese character-based Korean).
Seol: 팔 [natural native speed]
Keith: Nine (Chinese character-based Korean).
Seol: 구 [natural native speed]
Keith: Ten (Chinese character-based Korean).
Seol: 십 [natural native speed]

Lesson focus

Keith: The reason we’re stopping at 10 is because you can count from 11 to 19 with all the numbers we just went over. So how do we do this? How do you do 11? Seol, can you explain it to us?
Seol: 십일.
Keith: Okay. What is that exactly?
Seol: Ten plus one, so 십일 “ten one.”
Keith: Which is 11. So what you say is “ten one” and you get “eleven.” Next is…
Seol: 십이
Keith: That’s 12. Thirteen?
Seol: 십삼
Keith: Fourteen?
Seol: 십사
Keith: Fifteen?
Seol: 십오
Keith: Sixteen?
Seol: 십육
Keith: You get the picture, right? So 십일 “ten one.” That’s “eleven.” 십이 “ten two”, that’s twelve. Okay. What if you wanted to say “twenty”? How do you say “20”, Seol?
Seol: 이십.
Keith: 이십. Can you explain what that is?
Seol: “Two ten.”
Keith: The Chinese counting system is very, very logical. You just put “two ten.” Two tens is twenty. So that’s twenty. And if you want to do twenty-one, what do you think it is?
Seol: 이십일.
Keith: So that’s “two ten one”. Once again, “two tens” is twenty plus one, that’s 21.Why don’t you, the listeners, try to get twenty-two? Ready? Go! Okay. Did you get it?
Seol: 이십이
Keith: Okay. Once again, that’s “two ten two,” “twenty two.” If you know the numbers one through nine, you can count all the way up to 99, which is…
Seol: 구십구
Keith: Okay. And from there, a hundred is…
Seol: I think it’s enough for today?
Keith: Really?
Seol: Yeah.
Keith: But I…
Seol: Now we can count 99. That’s enough.
Keith: But I like the hundred.
Seol: For you, we will wait for the next time.


Keith: Well, I guess that’s going to do it for today. See you later.
Seol: 안녕!
Keith: 안녕!


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Numbers 0 - 10