Korean: Family Part 3

Welcome to the third blog post on talking about your family in Korean (See Part 1 and Part 2 here).

This lesson also introduces some more everyday vocabulary and talks about Korean counters – in this case the counter used for people and how that combines with the numbers.


Here is some other useful vocabulary that will be sued in this lesson:003004005006007008009010011012013

The next section introduces the counter used for people (-myeong) and the counter used for things (-gae) (There are more specific counters but we will get to those later!)014

Can you match the names of the objects / people to the correct counter?015

The top two (desk and chair) use -gae and the bottom two (male and female) use -myeong.

The slideshow below shows how to formulate a question with the counters, basically asking ‘Do you have…?’

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Now we return to the question focus for this lesson – How many people are there in your family? Our teacher has six people! The slide below shows how the number six changes when the counter for people is added to it.


Now we need to remember how each number changes when the counter for people is added to it. I also find this slide useful because the Korean method of counting on fingers is different from what we use here in the U.K. – this is a cultural lesson you could use to appear more natural when communicating in Korean.021

Now we know how to say how many people we have, let’s give a bit more detail by listing the individual members.022023

Now test yourself using the slideshow below. First it will show a picture and a sentence with the number missing – can you change the number to make it fit before the counter?

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Well done on completing Part 3 of the lessons on talking about your family in Korean. How are you feeling? I felt pretty confident when I first studied this lesson, but reviewing a few months later has shown me how much I have forgotten and how important it is to review. I particularly need to practice saying the numbers with the counters after them! I also need to get to grips with typing in hangeul…

All the material is thanks to the free Korean course offered by Yonsei University on Coursera. The featured picture is from Dom and Hyo, who produce some beautiful and useful Korean infographics. I would highly recommend both resources for learning Korean.


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