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A way to remember the natural Korean numbers 스물 (20), 서른 (30), 마흔 (40) and so on?

흔 means ten in obsolete Korean. These words still have the influence of '흔'. 서른(서흔->설흔->서른) 마흔 예순(엿흔->예순) 일흔 여든(여흔->여든) 아흔 And 열(10), 스물(20) don't follow this rule because the origin of these two ...
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Why is there a limit to the quantity that can be expressed in Native Korean numbers?

Old Korean at least had 온(100) and 즈믄(1000), and maybe more, though I don't know if higher numerals were recorded elsewhere. Your native Korean friend is correct in that 온 is no longer used to mean ...
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How do the 'stroke counting symbol' work?

It is a Chinese short-hand representation of tallying, or counting the number of something, if the number is not too large More details can be found here: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%E6%AD%A3 ...
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Etymology of Native Korean Numbers and Related Words

AFAIK, this is as far back as you can go. Korean is linguistically regarded as a language isolate, which has no sister languages anywhere else in the world. The comparative method, which is used for ...
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Pronouncing last digit as 하나

From what I've heard, it comes from the field artillery's way of saying numbers in the military. The number system that goes 하나, 둘, 삼, 넷, 오, 여섯, 칠, 팔, 아홉, 공(0), is commonly called 포병 숫자 (although lots ...
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What number system is most important to learn first in Korean?

Learning hanja should be the last in terms of priority. As much as possible, you should try to learn Sino-Korean numbers and Native Korean numbers together. Both are used extensively in Korean, ...
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Using ordinal numbers

Yes, it is natural. 한국에 두 번째로 갔을 때, or 두 번째로 한국에 갔을 때 When you use ordinal numbers, you should put space between number(첫, 두, ...) and '번째' like 첫 번째, 두 번째.
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육, 륙 or 뉵 for number 6?

It will help to think of spelling and pronunciation separately. spelling 6 in all single or multi-digit numbers are written as 육. So 16 is written as 십육 and pronounced as /심뉵/. When the word is read ...
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What do these money-related gestures mean?

As the comments said, the first one means generic "money" (she's making the shape of a coin with her thumb and index finger.) The other two, I have no idea, but considering that the comics was full ...
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Pronunciation of number 7 in native Korean number

In this video, the teacher is trying to say the words slowly. 일곱 is an awkward word to say slowly, as it moves from one consonant to another. I think the '리' you are hearing is just a small '...
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하루, 이틀 ... 이레 (one day, two days ... seven days)

You may want to memorize at least up to 엿새 (six days), and maybe 열흘 (ten days). There aren't really much more. I learned 열하루, 열이틀, 열사흘, 열나흘, and 보름 (fifteen days) at school, but they're very rarely ...
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How to number things in a sentence

Ordinals 番번 The most basic and universal word to give things their ordinals is an ordinal number marker noun “번(番)”, which sounds a bit casual. 삼보대련 1 번(삼보대련 일 번, 三步對練一番.) 삼보대련 number one ...
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What number system is most important to learn first in Korean?

For math, definitely for Sino korean number first, it's pretty much impossible for you to use native Korean number to use in math unless you are learning very early elementary school math(K1~K3 I ...
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Why Korean numbers when counting forward, but Sino numbers when counting backward?

They don’t know, too. As to why no one answers this question asked a week ago, it’s because it’s something native speakers would find natural but don’t know the exact rules for that. Don’t sweat it ...
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What numbers are associated with base Korean characters?

Sometimes they use “가나다라마바사아자차카타파하/ㄱㄴㄷㄹㅁㅂㅅㅇㅈㅊㅋㅌㅍㅎ” for ordinals (for ordering purposes), just like how Latin’s “ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ/abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz” is used, but the characters ...
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How do I read a tilde “~” in Korean?

The tilde, in Korean, has the same usage with the en dash “–”. It represents a range or span of numbers or time. “두 개에서 세 개” Use the numeric determiners (“관형사”) “두” (“two …”) and “세” (“three …”) with ...
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How do I read a tilde “~” in Korean?

2~3개: 둘에서 세 개, 두세 개 sounds okay. 1~30번: 일 번에서 삼십 번까지, 일 번부터 삼십 번까지 sounds okay. '까지' might be omitted. For the former case, you choose either one of multiple options(2개, 3개). For the latter case, you (...
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How do I read a tilde “~” in Korean?

"두" or "세" is a 관형사, which means you can never add a suffix after that. So, "두에서 세 개" is plainly incorrect. If you're reading it aloud, "두세 개" is the best ...
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When should Native Numbers be used?

https://ko.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/%EC%88%98%EC%82%AC_(%ED%92%88%EC%82%AC) (wikipedia about 한국어 수사 - 수 meaning number(s), 사 meaning word.) So it definitely says over 100 often uses 한수사(한 meaning from ...
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When should Native Numbers be used?

For pages, I guess you can say several ways. For example, to count from 1 to 10, you can either 한 페이지 두 페이지 세 페이지 ... 열 페이지 or you can say 첫번째 페이지 두번째 페이지 세번째 페이지 ... or simply 한장 두장 세장 네장 ... 열장 ...
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How is 석 달 different from 삼 개월 or 셋 달? Are they all correct?

석 is one of the old quantifiers conventionally used by the elder people in Korea. There are many old quantifiers in Korean. For example, other than 세, there is also 서 which has the meaning of three. ...
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I was ordering donuts at a Korean donut shop. How do I order?

Is that formal enough to order from an older lady? Yes, it is and that's how you do it whenever you order something. why did she use the other number system? First of all, excuse me for not ...
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I was ordering donuts at a Korean donut shop. How do I order?

And, did I use the correct number system originally? No, you use native numbers with 개. 한 개, 두 개, 세 개, ... You should have said 열두 개 주세요 instead of 십이 주세요.
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Pronunciation of number 7 in native Korean number

Teacher is correct. That sound is 7(일곱). Just accept his pronunciation.
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Pronunciation of number 7 in native Korean number

It sounds like he's just dragging out the ㄹ
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Why is there a limit to the quantity that can be expressed in Native Korean numbers?

Below are all the numbers expressible in Korean(a lot). You can see that the highest number is 10^68, which consists of 68 zeros. Most of there words have disappeared because of lack of usage. ...
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