Korean Plural

Welcome to the fourth Korean lesson about the plural. This time we will learn about the singular form and what it looks like in the plural, followed by grammar rules, finally a list of emergency phrases. To hear the pronunciation, just click on the sound icon.

book
book
[chaek]
books
books
[chaek]
car
car
자동차 [jadong-cha]
cars
cars
자동차 [jadong-cha]
tree
tree
나무 [namu]
trees
trees
나무 [namu]
flower
flower
[ggot]
flowers
flowers
[ggot]

Plural Grammar Rules

The plural is the form which refers to more than one object or person. For example: I speak two languages the plural here is [languages] because it refers to more than one [language]. The examples below use plurals in different ways and places to demonstrate how they look when converted from their singular form.

Grammar + Rules
Korean + Pronunciation
I speak one language
[singular form]
저는 하나의 언어를 구사합니다
[jeoneun hanaye eoneoreul kusahamnida]
we speak three languages
[plural noun]
우리는 세 개 언어를 구사합니다
[urineun se kae eoneoreul kusahamnida]
he visits many countries
[adverb + plural noun]
그는 여러 나라는 방문하고 있습니다
[keuneun yeoreo naraneun bangmunha-go issseumnida]
they are happy now
[plural pronoun]
그들은 지금 행복합니다
[keudeu-reun chigeum haengbokhamnida]
she has five red shoes
[adjective + plural noun]
그녀는 빨간 신발 다섯 켤레를 가지고 있습니다
[keunyeoneun ppal-kan shinbal daseos kyeollereul kajigo issseumnida]
I want a sandwich without onions
[preposition + plural noun]
양파가 들어있지 않는 샌드위치를 원합니다
[yangpa-ga deu-reoit-ji anh-neun saendeuwiichireul wonhamnida]

The following is a list of examples showing both the singular and plural form. This demonstrates how the plural is used with humans, objects and animals.

woman
woman
여자 [yeoja]
women
women
여자 [yeoja]
man
man
남자 [namja]
men
men
남자 [namja]
house
house
[jib]
houses
houses
[jib]
cup
country
[keob]
cups
countries
[keob]
cow
cow
암소 [amso]
cows
cows
암소(들) [amso(deul)]
horse
horse
[mal]
horses
horses
말(들) [mal(deul)]

Emergency Phrases

Now it's time to practice your Korean by looking at these phrases which are related to emergencies. Be prepared when traveling abroad, just in case you need help or by offering help to someone else. I recommend writing these expressions down on a notebook before traveling.

English
Korean
Pronunciation
Help
도와주세요
[dowah-juseyo]
Call the ambulance
구급차를 불러주세요
[kugeubchareul bu-lleojuseyo]
I need a doctor
의사가 필요합니다
[yisa-ga pilyohamnida]
Where is the closest pharmacy?
가장 가까운 약국은 어디입니까?
[kajang kakka-un yakkugeun eodi-imnikka?]
Are you okay?
괜찮습니까?
[kwaehn-chanhseumnikka?]
I am sick
아픕니다
[apeumnida]
Call the police
경찰을 불러부세요
[kyeong-cha-reul bu-lleobuseyo]

Did you enjoy this lesson about the plural in Korean? I hope so, if you have any problem with this lesson contact me with questions you have here. You can now check the next lesson below.

Korean Nouns   Korean Nouns

Korean Gender   Korean Gender



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