How to read phone numbers?

Reading phone numbers in Korean

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.

Do you know how to type Korean?


This is the Korean keyboard.  As you can see there are consonants on the green side, vowels on the pink side.  A Korean letter needs at least one consonant and one vowel.


This is ‘아’ as in ‘아빠(dad)’.  There is ‘ㅇ(consonant)’ and ‘ㅏ(vowel)’.  So when you write ‘아빠’, ‘D(ㅇ)+K(ㅏ)’   ‘SHIFT Q(ㅃ)+K(ㅏ)’

On you cell phone, there are two types of keyboard.  The one is the same as a computer keyboard, the other one is 10 keyboard type(mostly Samsung cell phones have this system).

10 key


There is only ‘ㅣ’, a ‘dot’  and  ‘ㅡ’ on the top of the keyboard.  These three symbols are based on King Sejong’s Hangeul vowel theory.   means ‘Earth‘, ‘dot‘ means ‘Sun‘ and ‘‘ means ‘Human‘. You can make any Korean vowels  with these three keys.  Let’s write single vowels.

1. ㅏ = ㅣ + dot

2. ㅓ = dot + ㅣ

3. ㅗ = dot + ㅡ

4. ㅜ = ㅡ + dot

5. ㅡ = ㅡ

6. ㅣ = ㅣ

7. ㅔ = dot + ㅣ+ㅣ

8. ㅐ = ㅣ+ dot  +ㅣ


How about ‘ㅘ’ ?  You are right!

dot + ㅡ + ㅣ+ dot

There are no double consonants such as ㄲ,ㄸ,ㅃ,ㅆ,ㅉ, right?  They are in the ㄱ,ㄷ,ㅂ,ㅅ,ㅈ keys.  If you press ‘ㄱ’  three times, ‘ㄲ’ will be shown.

Can you write in Korean with your cell phone or computer?  Please write some Korean whatever you want!