University of Leicester Taekwon-Do Club

Counting in Korean


Korean uses two systems of numbering; the first form is the native Korean, and is used for counting numbers of things except currency up to 99. The second form originates from Chinese, and is used for counting currency, numbers larger than 99, and numbers followed by units. Hence, counting numbers of e.g. push-ups or punches would use the first system (ha nah, dool, seht, etc), whereas the Korean for first dan would be il dan, two direction is i-bang, three-step sparring is sambo matsogi, and so forth.

Please be aware that this is a necessary simplification: for more reading, try Counting Numbers in Korean or Korean Numerals on Wikipaedia.

Nb: the spellings shown below are the modern phonetic pronunciations, and may differ from the tradidtional phonetics used elsewhere in this website, as Taekwon-Do uses the more traditional spellings. Where this may cause untoward confusion, the traditional spelling is shown in brackets.

No.First FormSecond Form
1hah naheel (il)
2doolee (i)
5dah sutoh
6yu sutyook
7eel gobchil
8yu dulpahl
9ah hobgoo
No.First FormSecond Form
11yul hah nahsib-eel
12yul doolsib-ee
13yul sehtsib-sahm
14yul nehtsib-sah
15yul dah sutsib-oh
16yul yu sutsib-yook
17yul eel gobsib-chil
18yul yu dulsib-pahl
19yul ahopsib-goo
21s'mool hah na ee-sib-eel
No.First FormSecond Form
10yul sip
30su reunsamsip
40ma heunsasip
60ye soonyuksip
70eel heunchillsip
80yu deunpalsip
90ah heungusip