Grammar of the Week | Numbers in Sentences (Counting Money)


Okay so I know going over numbers again is pretty redundant. If you have been following me since October 2014, you’ve probably seen numbers quite a bit. I can assure you, however, this lesson will be different. We’re counting money this week using some math problems as well. Word problems… 


First things first… how do you say money in Korean?

원 (won) | money

There are different types of currency, bills and coins, but unlike English, there really is a separate word for them when talking about price or how much money you have. Also, you will need to be familiar with Sino-Korean numbers.


  • 500원 | 오(5) 백(100) 원 (won)

So from the example we used 500 in Sino-Korean. And in case you were wondering, this is the equivalent to $573,002.50. You’re going to need to get familiar with higher numbers in Korean to do this properly. Let’s look at some more.


  • 5000원
  • 60000원
  • 1,000,000원

Bonus: 얼마예요? (eolmayeyo?) | “how much?”

Alright so that is it for today! We’ll do more all this week!

Foreign Language Tip 2 #20 | Express Yourself — Talking Aloud pt. 2

I asked before, “Are you talking to yourself?” When I asked the first time, I was talking about pronunciation and sample sentences but nothing specific. However, you don’t just have to say the alphabet aloud to practice Korean. Here are three areas where you can begin learning how to express yourself even if you can only say it privately to yourself.

  • Feelings
    • How’s your day going?
    • What’s on your mind?
    • What’s happening at this present moment?

Think of what’s going on right now that you could express in Korean. For example, you have homework to do but you need to clean your room. Or you’re just having a really bad day and you’re expressing just how awful you truly feel.

[Video: MBC’s “Here Comes Jang Bo-ri”]

Okay, maybe it’s not that dramatic but it’s a way to get yourself thinking in Korean and speaking in Korean even if you’re just talking to yourself.

  • Plans | What do you want to do?
    • Want to go out?
    • Want to call someone?
    • Want something to eat?

There are times when we really want to do something and we just ultimately end up saying it to ourselves. (Or maybe that’s just me) For example, I want to go out. So I’ll say, “Oh man I really want to do something”. Of course I’m talking to do myself but because I’m verbally expressing this, that means this is the language I’m currently thinking in and understanding what I’m saying.

  • Needs | What do you need to do?
    • Errands to run?
    • Need to pick something up from the store?
    • Gotta go to work?

Again, just saying aloud what you need to do for the day is an easy way to speak and think simultaneously in Korean. Of course it is ideal to say these things to others and you can in fact say it in Korean first and then in English if you don’t have anyone you can speak to in Korean who understands Korean. However, if you’re not in position to do that, this is the next best thing. You may feel crazy or something if you say it out loud but thinking it is also good practice as well.


끄다 ‎(kkeuda)| [Word of the Day]


Today marks the last day of active verbs and passive verbs. I’m coming up with a plan for next week so have no fear! This lesson today will be a lot shorter than yesterday. It’s not too much different than what we’ve been doing so let’s get started!

끄다 ‎(kkeuda) | “to extinguish (fire); to turn off (electricity)”


  • 나는 불을 껐다. (naneun bul-eul kkeossda.) | “I turned off the lights.”

Pretty simple nothing drastic to end the week!

That’s it for this week! See ya next time!

쓰다 (sseuda) | [Word of the Day]


I picked this word as an example of commonly used verbs meaning more than one thing. It’s a familiar verb that you’ve probably used before yourself but today we’re using it to mean something you probably haven’t used it for, and if you have then this is probably going to be just a reminder.

쓰다 (sseuda) | “to write” or “to use” or “to wear” or “to be accused of”

This is another “context verb”. That means, the meaning of this verb changes depending on how it is used. However, you have to use it properly. For example, you can say, “I need to write this down” and it can be interrupted it to mean any of the above definitions but if you’re saying it in the context of the conversation then it’ll mean what you intend for it to mean.

Okay, we’re working on action verbs this week but I just wanted to add in that little bit.

On to the action verb!


  • 이 수필은 내 썼다. (i supil-eun nae sseossda.) | “I wrote this essay.”
  • 그는 펜을 썼다. (geuneun pen-eul sseossda.) | “He wrote with the pen.” or “He used the pen.” [context usage/interpretation]

Alright so that’s it for today!