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Do you know the counter for leaves? Find out at the end of this video!
Hi everybody! I'm Alisha.
안녕하세요. 노경진입니다.
Welcome to Korean Counters for Beginners, where you'll learn how to count all sorts of different objects in Korean! Seonsaengnim 선생님), what counter will we learn in this lesson?
장 (jang)
First, let's take a look at what sorts of objects can be counted with this counter.
When counting inanimate thin or flat objects, you can use the counter...
장 (jang)
In the past this counter was only used for counting paper. However, nowadays, people use this counter to count objects that look like paper, such as credit cards, CDs, and bills.
Okay, let's count from 1 to 10 with this counter.
한 장
두 장
세 장
네 장
다섯 장
여섯 장
일곱 장
여덟 장
아홉 장
열 장
Like most of the counters, the stress of the counter should be changed when you're reading the numbers 5 to 10, which have batchim. The stress should be on the first syllable.
daseot jjang(다섯 짱) not daseot jang(다섯 장)
yeoseot jjang(여섯 짱) not yeoseot jang(여섯 장)
ilgop jjang(일곱 짱) not ilgop jang (일곱 장)
yedeol jjang(여덜 짱) not yedeol jang (여덜 장)
ahop jjang(아홉 짱) not ahop jang (아홉 장)
yeol jjang(열 짱) not yeol jang (열 장)
Okay. Now let's take a look at some sample sentences using this counter. Listen carefully to what sorts of objects can be counted with this counter.
CD를 열 장 샀습니다.
I bought 10 CDs.
봉투 안에는 편지가 다섯 장 들어있었습니다.
In the envelope there were 5 letters.
제 지갑에는 신용카드가 세 장 있습니다.
I have 3 credit cards in my wallet.
Now it's time for a quiz. I'm going to ask you a question in English. Please answer the question in Korean. Are you ready? Make sure to use the right counter.
How many pieces of paper are there?
종이가 일곱 장 있습니다.
How many credit cards do you have?
신용카드가 네 장 있습니다.
Do you know the counter for leaves? The answer is...
The word itself also means "leaves." You might not use this counter in daily life, but you it is used a lot in Korean poetry and novels.
하늘에서 낙엽 한 잎이 떨어졌다.
One leaf fell down from the sky.
Okay, everyone. That's it for this lesson. We'll see you next time!