Learning a few words in any language can be fun for both children and adults. Children who start to identify different languages from an early age take an interest in other cultures, ideas, and lifestyles. As an example, think of Dora the Explorer, or Diego; both of these cartoons are based strongly on learning a new language, and they're so popular because children love to learn new words in other languages. Adults feel a sense of accomplishment, too, when they learn words from another language. One of most popular languages for people to learn today is Korean.
It is so interesting to get a grasp on this unique language, even if you are only learning the Korean numbers. Actually, getting a grasp on the Korean numbers is not that difficult and can take as little as 20 minutes of your time.
Koreans as Americans use two different sets of numbers. Each is used in different situations.
One set of these numbers is called Native Korean; the other is based on Chinese. The Native Korean numbers are used to count items just as American or Canadian numbers are, while the Chinese-based numbers are used in addresses, phone numbers, dates, and when numbering above 100. Another distinctive feature that you need to know when learning the Korean number system is that they count in increments of 1,000 instead of 100, so a number like 100,000 would be said as "ten thousands" rather than "one hundred thousand".
The Numbers One Through Ten
To start learning the Korean numbers, you will want to start slow. First learn the numbers one through ten. Acquire a Korean language learning tape, and listen to the audio of the numbers. Repeat the pronunciation. Repeat this process several times. After you have picked up the audio, then you should practice writing the numbers one through five and trying to pronounce them on your own. Once you have mastered one through five, you can continue up through ten. Once you have repeated this process a number of times, you can randomly choose a number from one to ten and practice the pronunciation and the written form. Once you think you have mastered the numbers one through ten you may want to listen to your audio one more time and pronounce them again.
Tackle the Numbers Ten to Twenty
You can apply the same process you used to learn the numbers one through ten, to learning the numbers ten to twenty. Once you have mastered these, then you should listen to your pronunciation tape and practice, with the audio, the numbers from one to twenty. Then turn off the audio and pick numbers randomly and see if you can remember them. Practice doing this random number memory exercise for about ten minutes.
When it comes to writing Korean numbers, you can learn the symbols by imagining that they are pictures of the number. You may want to create flashcards with the number on the back and the symbol on the front.
It is important to be consistent when learning another language; the same goes when learning the Korean numbers, so you should practice the numbers for ten to twenty minutes a day for two to three weeks until you are sure you know them.