To read phone numbers, we need to know Sino Korean numbers, which is 일, 이, 삼, 사, 오, 육, 칠, 팔, 구, 십… (Click here to learn Sino Korean numbers), but we need one more number which is 0. 0 in Korean is either 공 or 영. We use 공 for more than 영 because 공 is easy to pronounce.
Then how to ask someone’s phone number?
전화 번호가 몇 번이에요? What is your phone number?
핸드폰 번호가 몇 번이에요? What is your cell phone number?
Phone number in Korean is 전화 번호 and Cell phone number in Korean is 핸드폰 번호(or 휴대전화 번호). I know! 핸드폰 is literally 핸드(Hand) + 폰(phone), it is Konglish. 🙂 It is funny, right?
Korean cell phone numbers mostly start with 010, let’s read them together.
010-4435-0976 공일공, 사사삼오, 공구칠육.
We read ‘-‘ as 에, so you can read it 공일공에 사사삼오에 공구칠육. When you answer for someone’s question, you have to say it as a full sentence. For example, 010-4435-0976이에요. Adding ‘-이에요’ or ‘-예요’, it depends on a final consonant for the last number. I bet you already know this.
Now you can ask phone numbers in Korean!
Phone numbers in Korea
- 119 : emergency phone number
- 82 is Korean country code.
- 02 is Seoul code.
- When you make a phone call from abroad, you will dial 82-10 instead of 010 for cell phones, or 82-2 instead of 02 if you dial to a Seoul phone number.
If you want to learn Native Korean Numbers, please click here.