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INTRODUCTION
Brandon: In each lesson of this 25 part series, you'll master a common question for Korean learners, and then learn how to answer it like a native speaker. You'll learn how these key phrases work by breaking them down into each component. Then through repetition and new vocabulary, you'll expand your understanding of the question, its answers, and any variations.

Lesson focus

Brandon: In this lesson, you'll learn how to respond to the common question “How old are you?” In Korean this is
Kyejin: 몇살 입니까?
Brandon: The first word in the question is
Kyejin: 몇살
Brandon: meaning something like “how old” in English. It literally means ‘how many years.’
Kyejin: (Slow, by syllable) 몇살
Brandon: Listen again and repeat.
Kyejin: 몇살
{Pause}
Brandon: This pattern of first introducing a word at natural speed, providing the translation, breaking it down, and then giving it again at natural speed will be repeated throughout the series. Try to speak aloud as often as possible. The next word in the question is
Kyejin: 입니
Brandon: This is the verb-stem of the verb
Kyejin: 입니다.
Brandon: meaning 'to be.'
Brandon: Now repeat.
Kyejin: 입니
{Pause}
Brandon: Listen to the the first 2 words of the question and repeat.
Kyejin: 몇살 입니
{pause}
Brandon: And after that
Kyejin: 까
Brandon: the question marking particle.
Kyejin: (Slow, by syllable) 까
Brandon: Now repeat.
Kyejin: 까
{Pause}
Brandon: Listen to the entire question and repeat.
Kyejin: 몇살 입니까?
{pause}
Brandon: You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies. Master the following pattern and responses to the question “How old are you?”
Kyejin: 18살 입니다. (열여덟살 입니다.)
Brandon: "I'm 18 years old.” Again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Kyejin: (Slow) 18살 입니다.
{pause}
Kyejin: 18살 입니다.
Asking women their ages might be considered rude in South Korea, just like in other countries. Please use this question only if necessary.
Brandon: Let's break it down from the beginning. The first word:
Kyejin: 18살
Brandon: means 18 years old.
Kyejin: (Slow, by syllable) 18살
Brandon: Now repeat
Kyejin: 18살
{Pause}
Brandon: And next we have
Kyejin: 입니다
Brandon: the verb meaning 'to be.'
Kyejin: (Slow, by syllable) 입니다
Brandon: Now repeat.
Kyejin: 입니다
{Pause}
Brandon: Listen to the speaker say, ‘I'm 18 years old.’ and then repeat.
Kyejin: 18살 입니다.
{pause}
Brandon: To expand on the pattern, replace ‘18 years old’ with ‘25 years old.’
Kyejin: 25살
Brandon: 25 years old
Kyejin: (slow) 25살
(regular) 25살
Brandon: Listen to the phrase again, this time with ‘25 years old’
Kyejin: 25살 입니다.
Brandon: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace ‘18 years old’. Say ‘I'm 25 years old.’
{pause}
Kyejin: 25살 입니다.
Brandon: To use a different phrase, replace ‘25 years old’ with ‘47 years old.’
Kyejin: 47살 (마흔일곱살)
Brandon: 47 years old
Kyejin: (slow) 47살
(regular) 47살
Brandon: Listen to the phrase again, this time with ‘47 years old’
Kyejin: 47살 입니다.
Brandon: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace ‘25 years old’ with ‘47 years old.’ Say ‘I'm 47 years old.’
{pause}
Kyejin: 47살 입니다.
Brandon: To expand on this pattern, replace ‘47 years old’ with ‘50 years old.’
Kyejin: 50살 (쉰살)
Brandon: 50 years old
Kyejin: (slow) 50살
(regular) 50살
Brandon: Listen to the phrase again, this time with ‘50 years old’
Kyejin: 50살 입니다.
Brandon: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace ‘47 years old’ with ‘50 years old’. Say ‘I'm 50 years old.’
{pause}
Kyejin: 50살 입니다.
QUIZ
Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you are visiting South Korea and someone asks you how old you are. You are 18 years old. Respond to the question.
Kyejin: 몇살입니까?
(five seconds) 18살 입니다.
Brandon: Imagine you are 25 years old. Respond to the question.
Kyejin: 몇살입니까?
(five seconds) 25살 입니다.
Brandon: Now imagine you are 47 years old. . Answer the speaker's question.
Kyejin: 몇살입니까?
(five seconds) 47살 입니다.
Brandon: Imagine you're 50 years old. Respond to the question.
Kyejin: 몇살입니까?
(five seconds) 50살 입니다.
Brandon: You want to ask someone how old they are. Ask the question
(5 seconds)
Kyejin: 몇살입니까?
{pause}

Outro

Brandon: This is the end of Lesson 11

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Monday at 6:30 pm
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Hello Listeners! How old are you (in Korean)?

KoreanClass101.comVerified
Wednesday at 10:45 am
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Hi Kelly,


Thanks for posting, great effort! Just remember the correct spacing in between the words:


스물 일곱 살입니다.

-->스물일곱 살입니다.


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Lyn

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켈리
Monday at 11:46 am
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스물 일곱 살입니다.

KoreanClass101.com
Friday at 10:25 am
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Hi 아린,


Thanks for sharing with us. Just mind the spacing:


나는 스물아홉살 입니다.-->나는 스물아홉 살입니다.


Cheers,

Lyn

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아린
Wednesday at 9:35 am
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나는 스물아홉살 입니다

KoreanClass101.com
Thursday at 6:38 am
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Hi itzik,


Thank you for commenting. Both phrases are used to ask someone's age, but the former is more polite than the latter.


Cheers,

Lyn

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itzik
Saturday at 10:40 pm
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what's the difference between 몇살 입니까? and 몇 살이에요?

KoreanClass101.com
Tuesday at 1:40 am
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Hi Viviana,


Thanks for posting. To take a look at what you wrote:


스물하나 살입니다

--> 스물 한살입니다.


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Lyn

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KoreanClass101.com
Tuesday at 5:11 pm
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Hello Lili's_Jamz,


Thank you for your question.

You'll find the following links useful:

https://www.koreanclass101.com/lesson/learn-korean-in-three-minutes-6-chinesebased-numbers-110/

https://www.koreanclass101.com/lesson/learn-korean-in-three-minutes-7-native-numbers-110/

https://www.koreanclass101.com/lesson/learn-korean-in-three-minutes-8-numbers-11100/


Let us know if you have any further questions.

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Lena

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Lili's_Jamz
Thursday at 12:16 pm
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How can you say all the numbers???


Viviana Rodriguez
Monday at 7:03 am
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스물하나 살입니다

I’m 21 years old~ ^u^