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Koreans use two different sets of numbers depending on the situation: native Korean and Chinese-based. Native Korean numbers are typically used to describe the number of items (1-99) or the age of someone or something. Chinese-based Korean numbers are used for dates, addresses, phone numbers and numbers above 100. Also, most Asian counting systems, including Korean, are based on increments of 10,000 rather than 1,000. In the Korean system, 100,000 represents “10 ten-thousands” rather than the traditional English “100 thousands.”

Step 1:
-Learn the basics: 1 through 10. Go to Korean Number. Click on a number and you will hear the correct pronunciation of that number.
Step 2:
– Practice saying the number with the recorded voice. Once you have mastered one number, move on to the next.
Step 3:
– Learn 10 and above. Go to Korean Cardinal Numbers. Select a number from the left that you would like to learn. Locate the Korean number under the “Korea Numbers” column.
Step4 :
-Practice saying the number out loud. If you are not sure how it should be pronounced, refer back to the resource in Step 1 for guidance.
Step5 : 
-Write the numbers out. In the right-hand column under “Hangul Script,” you will notice the symbol for each number. The numbers can be written by thinking of the symbols as little drawings.
Step6 : 
Learn the Korean ordinal system (“first,” “second,” etc.). Go to numbers2.swf

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Korean, the national language of both North and South Korea, is spoken by 78 million people. There are many dialects, but learning standard Korean allows you to communicate with and be understood by Koreans from both countries. Whether you want to learn a few Korean phrases because you’re planning a trip to Korea, or you wish to build a foundation for a goal of becoming fluent in Korean, learning any foreign language requires time and dedication.
-The first thing you need to do is purchase an English-to-Korean dictionary and Korean phrasebook. There are many to choose from, and many are available at your local bookseller (Barnes & Noble, Borders or Books-A-Million). They are also available at Amazon.com and other major online booksellers. Webster’s English-to-Korean is pocket sized and costs less than $10. Lonely Planet’s Korean Phrasebook is another good choice, as it is handy, travel sized, and also costs less than $10.
Step 2
Carry your dictionary and phrasebook with you everywhere. Read it in line at the supermarket, the drugstore, the post office. Spend as much time per day as you can familiarizing yourself with the language.
For an extra boost, purchase a basic Korean language course (most are under $25) which are chock-full of important communication guides for travelers such as how to ask for directions, how to conduct store transactions, how to order food, how to check into a hotel, and what to do if you get sick. Pimsleur’s Basic Korean has native speakers record basic Korean phrases on audio cd, so you can listen in your car or on the go. Other companies who produce reasonably priced audio courses are Berlitz and Barron’s.

Tips & Warnings

Practice every day. Learning a foreign language requires a time commitment; devote time each day to memorizing and properly pronouncing the words and phrases. Speak the phrases aloud; this will help you both to become a better speaker and to remember what you’ve been hearing.

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Korean is the national language of the independent countries of North and South Korea. The Korean language has many city and provincial dialects; the people of Seoul speak differently from those who speak the more provincial dialects of Daejeon and Gwangju. Learning Korean grammar can be a challenge, as its word order is much different than English, but there are many benefits to learning Korean–the least of which being that you’ll be able to communicate with 78 million people in two countries.

Step 1

-Decide whether you wish to learn on your own through self-study methods or with a tutor or as a student in a college classroom. In the meantime, purchase a Korean English dictionary (usually priced under $15) which is available online at major booksellers or at bookstores in your area. Start to familiarize yourself with Korean grammar.

Step 2

-If you’re interested in interactive learning, then peruse your local university’s course catalog to see if any Korean language courses are offered.

Step 3

If its a tutor you are interested in, a good place to find one is the university: international students are probably enrolled at your local college, and chances are there will be a Korean student who may provide quality tutoring services for a reasonable rate. The language department is often a good place to start. You could also post an ad for a tutor with an online classified market such as Craigslist, or go to a local Korean restaurant and ask the manager if he knows of anyone willing to tutor Korean.
Step 4
-Investigate your options. Depending on your budget and needs, an audio Korean language course may be helpful. Your needs will be different
if you’re planning a trip to Korea and just want to understand basic grammar rules so that you will be able to communicate effectively, or if you are interested in learning more complex grammar rules to speak and read fluently in Korean.

Step 5

-For getting around and understanding basic principles, try Pimsleur’s Basic Korean (about $16 on amazon.com in 2009). Pimsleur employs native speakers and uses a listen-and-repeat method, where no writing or reading are necessary. For more complex grammar and a step toward achieving fluency in Korean, try the software program Rosetta Stone’s Korean ($500).

Step 6

-Whatever method you try, practice as often as you can. Devote a half hour of study time each day to learning your new language, and you’ll be surprised at how quickly you pick up the concepts of Korean grammar.

Tips and Warnings

The Korean language is structured in verb-final order (meaning the verb typically comes last in the sentence). This makes the language similar to Japanese and Turkish, but not to English. In English, the sentence is subject verb object. For example: “Jody ate an apple.” In Korean, the sentence reads: “Jody apple ate.”

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