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Do you know how to count a pair of fish? 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! Noh Seonsaengnim (노 선생님), what counter will we learn in this lesson?
(pause) 마리 (mari)
First, let's take a look at what sorts of objects can be counted with the counter.
When you count animals, you can use this counter.
마리 (mari)
"This counter can be used to count any type of animals, such as cats, birds, and even fish. But make sure not to use this counter for human beings.
Okay, let's count from 1 to 10 with this counter.
한 마리
두 마리
세 마리
네 마리
다섯 마리
여섯 마리
일곱 마리
여덟 마리
아홉 마리
열 마리
Here's some good news: the pronunciation of this counter will always be the same, no matter how many animals you're counting. But when you use it to count the number 100 or higher, you should use Sino-Korean numbers. Let's hear some examples with the higher numbers.
For 100, it's 백 마리(baek mari)
For 1,000, it's 천 마리(cheon mari)
For 10,000, it's 만 마리(man mari)
Okay. Now let's take a look at some sample sentences using this counter.
집에 고양이 한 마리가 있습니다. (jibe goyang-i han mariga isseumnida.)
I have a cat at home.
새 두 마리가 공원에서 날아다니고 있습니다. (sae du mariga gongwoneseo naradanigo issumnida.)
2 birds are flying over the park.
어머니가 생선 세 마리를 요리하셨습니다. (eomeoniga saengseon se marireul yorihasyeossumnida.)
My mother cooked 3 fish.
It's now time for a quiz. I'm going to ask you a question in English. Answer the question in Korean. Are you ready? Make sure to use the right counter.
How many pandas are in the park?
팬더 두 마리가 있습니다. (paendeo du mariga isseumnida.)
How many dogs are playing in the backyard?
마당에 강아지 세 마리가 놀고 있습니다. (madange gang-aji se mariga nolgo isseumnida.)
When you're counting a pair of fish, you can use a special character. Do you know what it is? The answer is...
손 (son)
It sounds exactly the same as the word meaning "hands". When it's used as a counter, you can use it for counting a pair of fish. Let's take an example.
어머니가 고등어 한 손을 사왔습니다. (eomeoniga godeung-eo han soneul sawasseumnida.)
It means "My mother bought one pair of mackerel". When you visit a Korean market, you'll be able to find people using this counter when they're buying fish.
Okay, everyone. That's it for this lesson. I'll see you next time!


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Friday at 06:30 PM
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What other objects do you think you can count with this counter? Leave us a comment.

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Friday at 07:40 PM
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Hello 유라,

Good sentence!

Keep up the good work!

Kind regards,

Hyeon Yeong Seo

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Friday at 09:01 AM
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집에 앵무새 네 마리가 있습니다.

Thank you,


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Tuesday at 09:33 AM
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Hi Duncan,

Thanks for posting. Yes, it is definitely an old phrase! But it's better to know something than not, right? Now you'll have no way of forgetting about it! 😄



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Duncan Fudge
Monday at 03:00 AM
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My Korean wife tells me no one uses Son anymore but mari. She says it is so OLD!!!

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Tuesday at 11:23 PM
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Hi Phillip,

Thanks for posting. The basic past tense for 사다 is 샀다.

샀습니다 is the most polite past tense for 'buy', and 샀어요 is the informal formal version of saying 'bought'.

Hope this was of help.



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Phillip Nguyen
Tuesday at 12:41 AM
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I thought buy in Korean is : 사다

So the past tense bought is : 샀습니다 or 샀어요?

Please adress my question.

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Friday at 09:50 AM
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Hi Ben,

Thank you for posting. If you want to say 'your mother has two dogs', you would say '형은 개가 두마리 있어요'.



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Tuesday at 07:06 PM
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형은 개 두 마리가 있어요.

My brother has two dogs.