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Questions regarding the usage of terms and symbols for numbers.

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Why Korean numbers when counting forward, but Sino numbers when counting backward?

https://korean.stackexchange.com/a/159 doesn't answer my question also mooted on HiNative. This distinction feels illogical and senseless to me. What's the reason or rationale? Here's one example from ...
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How do I read a tilde “~” in Korean?

I'm learning Korean and noticed that Korean contains a lot of phrases with the Tilde "~" . For example the sentence: 여행지의 기본 정보를 알아본 후 여행 상품을 2~3개 정도 고릅니다. I see this Tidle "~" ...
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Using ordinal numbers

I'm pretty familiar with constructing ordinal numbers (첫번째, 두번째, 세번째, etc.) but just double checking how I'd use them in a sentence. 예) The second time I went to Korea, I stayed in Busan. Would the ...
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What number system is most important to learn first in Korean?

I read this article about the use of numbers in Korean: Number in korean This article seemed to suggest the following order of importance: Hanja ,Sino-Korean , Native Korean and Ordinal. I understand ...
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When should Native Numbers be used? [duplicate]

When you are numbering things, like pages, which set of Korean numbers would one use? Also, when counting objects, which are you supposed to use? I have seen people specify months, phone numbers, ...
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How to number things in a sentence

I train in a Korean martial art. We have sets of techniques that we call off in half English, half Korean. I am wondering how to say them entirely in Korean. For example: 기본권법 基本拳法 Gi Bon Gwon ...
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How is 석 달 different from 삼 개월 or 셋 달? Are they all correct?

I was just watching While You Were Sleeping and she says: 석 달전 쯤에 꾼 꿈인데.. I'm confused about what 석 is and when it's used as the number three. Are there equivalents for other numbers as well?
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하루, 이틀 ... 이레 (one day, two days ... seven days)

Yesterday my wife and I went to a takeaway food shop in suburban Sydney called 이레 (transliterated as Irae outside and Irea on the server's aprons). This word was not on my translator app or Google ...
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Etymology of Native Korean Numbers and Related Words

So I collected some native Korean numbers and their old forms into a few columns. The last two are words specifically for days. The Roots column is what I observe to be common across the row, not ...
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Pronouncing last digit as 하나

I was saying my license plate number to someone the other day, and when the clerk repeated it back to me, she used Sino-Korean numbers for everything (as I would expect) except she said 하나 (native ...
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I was ordering donuts at a Korean donut shop. How do I order?

I jump at every chance to practice Korean and the store clerk was speaking Korean to the previous customer so I tried my best. After greeting with "안녕하세요" and then fielding questions on how I know ...
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Pronunciation of number 7 in native Korean number

I am a bit confused about the pronunciation of number 7 in native Korean number. As in the video here (at 27:47), the Korean teacher pronounced it as 일 리 겁. Could anyone confirm if this is correct or ...
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Why is there a limit to the quantity that can be expressed in Native Korean numbers?

Many sources mention 온 (100) as the highest Native Korean number; I even heard a native Korean tell me that 온 isn't actually used, and 아흔아홉(99) is the largest actually usable number. Is 99 - or 100 - ...
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What do these money-related gestures mean?

The following images come from the Korean manhwa Aura From Another Planet, chapter 35. I can guess that the gestures they are making refer to monetary amounts, but how much are we talking here?
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How do the 'stroke counting symbol' work?

When taking orders, Korean restaurants don't use Arabic numbers, but a system of strokes: one horizontal line for 1 item, completed by a vertical line (like a T-shape) for 2 items. A horizontal stroke ...
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A way to remember the natural Korean numbers 스물 (20), 서른 (30), 마흔 (40) and so on?

I don't have any problem remembering the natural Korean numbers up to 12, as they are used in telling the time - and it's easy to work out those up to 19. But I have problems remembering 스물 (20), 서른 (...