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Do you know the traditional counter for the size of an area? 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?
접시 (jeopsi)
First, let's take a look at what sorts of objects can be counted with the counter.
When you count the number of dishes or food items served in a dish, you can use the counter...
접시 (jeopsi)
This word literally means "dishes" or but people use this counter when counting food items served in a dish or plate. Instead of counting the food directly, Korean people prefer counting the number of dishes as it sounds more polite because it's less direct. It can be used for noodles, dumplings, or mixed rice dishes, for example. When Korean people count the number of actual dishes or plates, they use the counter Gae, which can be used for inanimate objects in general.
Okay, let's count numbers 1 to 10 with this counter. 노선생님 will give you the numbers one by one.
한 접시
두 접시
세 접시
네 접시
다섯 접시
여섯 접시
일곱 접시
여덟 접시
아홉 접시
열 접시
Did you notice that the counter sounded different when she read it for the numbers 5 to 10? Those numbers have batchim, or the final consonant in a Korean syllable, so it makes the counters sound stronger, a process that is called fortis. Let's hear them once again.
daseot jjeopsi(다섯 쩝시), not daseot jeopsi(다섯 접시)
yeoseot jjeopsi(여섯 쩝시), not yeoseot jeopsi(여섯 접시)
ilgop jjeopsi(일곱 쩝시), not ilgop jeopsi (일곱 접시)
yedeol jjeopsi(여덜 쩝시), not yedeol jeopsi (여덜 접시)
ahop jjeopsi(아홉 쩝시), not ahop jeopsi (아홉 접시)
yeol jjeopsi(열 쩝시), not yeol jeopsi (열 접시)
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.
파스타를 다섯 접시 주문했습니다.
I ordered five dishes of pasta.
어제 점심에 국수를 두 접시 먹었습니다.
During lunch yesterday, I ate two dishes of noodles.
만두 세 접시 주세요.
Can I have three dishes of dumplings?
Now it's time for the Quiz. I'm going to ask you a question in English. Answer the question in Korean. Are you ready? Be sure to use the right counter.
How many dishes of fried rice did you eat?
저는 볶음밥 한 접시를 먹었습니다.
How many noodles did you order?
국수를 네 접시 주문했습니다.
Do you know the traditional counter for the size of an area? Although more people are using square meters these days, you can still find this counter when Korean people talk about the size of their house or rooms. The answer is...
The size of this is around 3.3 square meters. In the past, Korean people measured spaces using this counter, so people will use it more than square meters.
우리 집은 33평 입니다.
My house is as large as 33 peyong. Or 109 square meters.
Okay, everyone. That's it for this lesson and for this series. We'll see you in another series!