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안녕하세요 (annyeonghaseyo)
Hello and welcome to Korean survival phrases brought to you by KoreanClass101.com, this course is designed to equip you with the language skills and knowledge to enable you to get the most out of your visit to Korea. You will be surprised at how far a little Korean will go. Now, before we jump in, remember to stop by KoreanClass101.com and there, you will find the accompanying PDF and additional info in the post. If you stop by, be sure to leave us the comment.
In Korea, the currency is Won. The proper pronunciation for this is 원 (won). One time slowly, 원 (won). A lot of English speakers say 완 (wan), but really it’s 원 (won). In recent years, the Won has grown stronger due to the Asian economic boom and recently has reached one of its highest marks against the dollar. As of March 15, 2007, the exchange rate is roughly a 1000 Won to a $1.05. The exchange rate with the Euro is roughly 1200 Won to €1. Paper currency includes a 1000 Won bill, a 5000 Won bill and a 10,000 Won bill.
Coins come in denominations of 10, 50, 100 and 500 Won. Now, there are smaller coins but you don’t see them too often. So let’s not worry about that right now. All right, let’s move on to today’s lesson. Let’s learn to say and understand these denominations. First up, a 1000 Won, 천 원 (cheon won). One time slowly, 천 원 (cheon won). And now by syllable, 천 원 (cheon won). The first half is 천 (cheon) which means 1000. The last part is 원 (won) which as you can guess mean Won. Next off the bat, 5000 Won, 오천 원 (ocheon won). One time slowly, 오천 원 (ocheon won). And now by syllable, 오-천 원 (o-cheon won).
The very first syllable is 오 (o). This is 5. The next syllable is 천 (cheon) which once again means a 1000. Put these two together and you get 5000, simple and the last syllable is Won which we covered. 오천 원 (ocheon won). Let’s move on to the largest bill 10,000 Won. 만 원 (man won). One time slowly, 만 원 (man won). The first half 만 (man) means 10,000. The last is once again Won. Now, if you noticed, when I broke it down by syllable, I said 원 (won) with Won but if I say it a little fast, it kind of sounds like 눤 (nwon). It’s a slight phonetic change but you will get used to it. Here is one more example side by side.
Let’s use a 1000 Won, 천 원 (cheon won). 천 원 (cheon won), 처눤 (cheonwon). 100 Won is 배권 (baegwon). One time slowly, 백 원 (baek won). And by syllable, 백 (baek) is 100, 원 (won) is Won. Next is 200, add the number 2 and then say 100 and then add Won afterwards. This would be 이백 원 (ibaek won). 이 (i) is 2, 백 (baek) is 100 and 원 (won) is Won. Next is 300 Won. 삼백 원 (sambaek won). 삼 (sam) is 3, 백 (baek) is 100 and 원 (won) is Won. 400 is 사백 원 (sabaek won). 사 (sa) is 4. And last is 500, 오백 원 (obaek won). 오 (o) is 5. The same can be done for 1000s as well. If you remember, 1000 is 천 (cheon). A 1000 Won is 천 원 (cheon won). Let’s go with 2000 Won. 이천 원 (icheon won). Now 5000 Won is 오천 원 (ocheon won). Now since 10,000 Won is the largest bill and is roughly equivalent to USD10, you may find yourself with quite a thick wallet and just for this reason, Korean banks issue a 100,000 Won check. This check is accepted almost everywhere and it’s pretty much used like cash.
The word for 100,000 Won is 십만 원 (simman won). One time slowly, it’s 십만 원 (simman won). And now by syllable, 십-만-원 (sip-man-won). The first syllable is 십 (sip) which means 10. One time slowly, 십 (sip). The next is 만 (man) which once again means 10,000 and the last is Won 원 (won). 십만 원 (simman won). Put these all together and you get a literal translation of ten 10,000 Won. The counting system may take a little getting used to as it differs from the western languages. Now, if you get your hands on a 100,000 Won check, there is something you need to know. On the back of the check, you must sign your name and write down a phone number and/or address.
It’s similar to any other check you’d use. So, if you are on vacation, remember to bring your hotel address with you.
Okay. To close our today’s lesson, we’d like for you to practice what you’ve learned. I will provide you with the English equivalent of the phrase and you are responsible for shouting it out loud. You will have a few seconds before I give you the answer. So 화이팅 (hwaiting)!
A 1000 Won - 천 원 (cheon won).
5000 Won - 오천 원 (ocheon won)
10, 000 Won - 만 원 (man won)
A 100,000 Won - 십만 원 (simman won)
All right, that’s going to do it for today. Remember to stop by KoreanClass101.com and pick up the accompanying PDF. If you stop by, be sure to leave us a comment.


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Wednesday at 06:30 PM
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Let's practice "백원, 천원, 만원, 십만원" :)

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Thursday at 05:07 PM
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Hello everyone.

Yes, Korea has new banknote which is 50,000won.

50,000won --> 오만원 [omanwon]

This banknote looks like 5,000won. Especially the color!!

Be careful when paying. 조심하세요! :wink:

Monday at 09:08 PM
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:lol: 안녕하세요? 한국어 공부가 정말 어려워요 하지만 정말 재미있어요.:razz:

Thursday at 08:52 PM
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:razz: Now Korea has 50,000 won. As you may already know.

too lang
Thursday at 12:45 PM
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my free trial has ended. And I'm left with all the free useless stuff. Yeah, who said money can't buy anything? I guess I can't continue learn to speak korean here

Thursday at 08:45 AM
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It seems to be an endless loop.

I play the lesson and it tells me to stop by "koreanclass101" and get the PDF of the lesson. I go to "koreanclass101" and am presented with the option of "playing" the lesson once again. And again it tells me to stop by etc., etc.

What am I missing?