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Cardinal numbers in Korean as well as in English are digits like 1, 2, 3, 4 … There are two ways of writing the numbers in Korean, in Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3) or in Korean script (일, 이, 삼). The table below contains more information about the korean numbers.

English Korean Numbers Hangul Script
0 Zero Kohng
1 One eel
2 Two ee
3 Three sahm
4 Four saah
5 Five oh
6 Six youhk
7 Seven cheel
8 Eight pahl
9 Nine gooh
10 Ten seehp
11 Eleven seehbil 십일
12 Twelve seehbee 십이
13 Thirteen seehpsahm 십삼
14 Fourteen seehpsah 십사
15 Fifteen seehboh 십오
16 Sixteen seehm youhk 십육
17 Seventeen seehpcheel 십칠
18 Eighteen seehpal 십팔
19 Nineteen seehpgoo 십구
20 Twenty ee seehp 이십
30 Thirty sahm seehp 삼십
40 Forty sah seehp 사십
50 Fifty oh seehp 오십
60 Sixty youhk seehp 육십
70 Seventy cheel seehp 칠십
80 Eighty pahl seehp 팔십
90 Ninety gooh seehp 구십
100 Hundred pak
1,000 Thousand chuhn
10,000 Ten Thousand maahn
100,000 Hundred Thousand simmaahn 십 만
1,000,000 Million pak maahn 백 만
Plus tuh hagi 더하기
Minus pehgi 빼기
More (than) duh
Less (than) juhkeh 적게
Approximately deh-ryak 대략
First chup buhndjeh 첫 번째
Second doobuhndjeh 두 번째
Third sehbuhndjeh 세 번째

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Today’s audio features an audio review of what was covered in Beginner Lesson 1. The way this review works is either a question or a piece of the conversation is presented. Then we ask you to answer the question, or complete the conversation. A vocabulary review comes after that. The English is presented, and then the Korean words are presented, once at natural speed, once slowly. There are gaps to give you time to answer. We hope to implement a review like this in nearly all of the lessons we have. Please tell us what you think of the review!
 Formal Korean
-Keith: 안녕하세요?저는 Keith입니다. 처음 뵙겠습니다.
-윤설: 안녕하세요? 저는 윤설입니다. 처음 뵙겠습니다.

Pronunciation Tips
입니다 (imnida), the formal form of the copula, is typically spelled with a “ㅂ” which makes a b/p like sound. But because of the proceeding consonant, “ㄴ” (n), “ㅂ” (b) changes to “ㅁ” (m). This is a natural phonetic change. These phonetic changes occur when two consonants meet. Most of these phonetic changes are natural when spoken at natural speed.
Formal English
(1) Keith: Hello. I am Keith. It’s nice to meet you.
(2) Yunseol: Hello. I am Yunseol. It’s nice to meet you.


+이다 to be

+은/는 topic marking particle

1..ㅂ/습니다 :formal declarative sentence ending

ㅂ/습니다 – The Formal Declarative Sentence Ending. This can be attached to any verb to form a present tense declarative sentence. This conjugation is in the formal politeness level.


Take the stem of any verb and attach “(ㅂ/습)니다” at the end.

•If the verb stem ends in a vowel, “ㅂ” would be added to the stem to form a new syllabic block, and 니다 would be come after the new syllabic block.

Verb stem + ㅂ 니다

이다 – ida – to be (copula)
이 – verb stem
이 + ㅂ 니다 = 입니다

오다 – oda – to come
오 – verb stem
오 + ㅂ 니다 = 옵니다

공부하다 – gongbuhada – to study
공부하 – verb stem
공부하 + ㅂ 니다 = 공부합니다

•If the verb stem ends in a consonant, “습니다” is added to the end of the verb stem.

Verb stem + 습니다

앉다 – antda – to sit
앉 – verb stem
앉 + 습니다 = 앉습니다

잡다 – japda – to catch
잡 – verb stem
잡 + 습니다 = 잡습니다

3.Example Sentences
유리 씨가 잡니다 – yuri ssi-ga jamnida – Yuri sleeps.
지금 바쁩니다 – jigeum babbeumnida – (Subject) is busy now.
버스를 탑니다 – beoseu-reul tamnida – (Subject) rides the bus.

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Today we’ll be starting on a new series – Newbie series. These lessons are designed to give total beginners an introduction to the Korean language, provide important cultural insights, and hopefully entertain to a certain to degree. In today’s lesson, we’ll be going over proper etiquette when meeting someone for the first time. Be sure to stop by and leave us a post!
Formal Korean
(1)완갈시아: 저… 저기요. 김수한 씨?
(2)김수한: 갈시아 씨? 아. 안녕하세요.
(3)갈시아: 네. 안녕하세요. 처음 뵙겠습니다.
(4)김수한: 네. 처음 뵙겠습니다.

Formal English
(1)J. Garcia: Uh… Excuse me. Ms. SuHan Kim?
(2)SuHan Kim: Mr. Garcia? Oh. Hello.
(3)J. Garcia: Ah. Hello. It’s nice to meet you.
(4)SuHan Kim: Yes. It’s nice to meet you.

:Honorific Suffix

(ssi) is an honorific suffix, which is used to show respect. Generally speaking, when two people meet for the first time and are on an even keel, this suffix will be used. Whenever a title is not applicable [e.g. 사장님 (sajangnim), 선생님 (seonsaengnim), kinship terms], the honorific suffix is used. This should be used with people you meet for the first time.

씨 (ssi) should be used only with given names, and not family names. When it is used only with family names, it can be rude.

[세례명] + [씨]
[given name] + [ssi]
[성명 + 세례명] + [씨]
[family name + given name] + [씨]

Example Sentences
1.사라 씨는 학생이세요?
sara ssi-neun hakseng-iseyo?
Are you a student sara?

2.박준호 씨는 누구세요?
bakjunho ssi-neun nuguseyo?
Who is Park Junho?

3.민지 씨… 전화해주세요.
minji ssi… junhwahaejuseyo.
Minji… Please call me.

Hangul Romanization English Class
저기요 jeogiyo Excuse me.
ssi Mr. Ms. Mrs.
안녕하세요 annyeonghaseyo Hello.
처음 뵙겠습니다 cheoeum boepgesseumnida. Nice to meet you. How do you do?

Sample Sentences

-저기요. 지금 몇 시에요?
“Excuse me. What time is it now?”
-수한 씨, 안녕하세요!
Hi, Suhan. 
-안녕하세요 여러분.
Hello, everyone.
-처음 뵙겠습니다. 만나서 반갑습니다.
How do you do? Nice to meet you.
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