Speakin' Korean: Counter Words

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Speakin' Korean: Counter Words

by: Stripes Korea | .
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published: January 09, 2019
Native Korean numbers are usually the numbers used with counter words. Here are some examples:
 
- gae - “things” Gae is probably the most important counter word since it can be used when you really don’t know which counting word is the proper one to use.
- myeong - people (informal)
- sa ram - person (casual)
- bun - people (polite), (If you use pure Korean you are counting people but if you use Sino-Korean you are counting minutes)
- mari - animals
- gwa - chapters / lessons (If you use pure Korean (tasot gwa) you are counting the chapters or lessons. But if you are using Sino-Korean (Oh gwa) you will be giving the number of the chapter/ lesson
- dae - vehicles (cars, airplanes) and machinery
- gweon - books
- cheok - boats and ships
- chae - houses
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