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Korean Vocabulary

Measure words, Counters

Korean has different words to measure things called counters. The construction is noun + number + counter word.

The most general Korean counter word is 개 which is used for anything that doesn’t have a specific counter word.

Some other useful counters are: 명 (for people), 대 (for cars), 병 (for bottles), 잔 (for cups), 마리 (for animals), 권 (for books), 달 (for months), 장 (paper,pages,tickets).

When measuring something, usually native Korean numbers are used.

Examples

맥주 한 주세요. = Please give me a bottle of beer.

있어요. = There’s ten people here.

MEASURE WORDS
WORD TRANSLATION
COUNTER WORD FOR NUMBER OF TIMES
COUNTER WORD FOR PANTS OR SUITS
COUNTER WORD FOR GENERIC OBJECTS
명,분 COUNTER WORD FOR PEOPLE
COUNTER WORD FOR CARS
COUNTER WORD FOR BOTTLES
COUNTER WORD FOR CUPS, GLASSES
마리 COUNTER WORD FOR ANIMALS
COUNTER WORD FOR BOOKS
COUNTER WORD FOR MONTHS
COUNTER WORD FOR PAPER, PAGES, TICKETS