Space rules

Do you know that you have to leave a space when you write Korean? Spaces are very important in Korean because it can cause misunderstanding if there are no spaces. For example,


This sentence can be “아버지 가방에 들어가세요.” or “아버지가 방에 들어가세요.” depending on where we leave a space. The first sentence means “Father, please go into the bag(가방).” and the second sentence means “Father is entering a room.(방)

Then when should we leave a space? It is very simple. It is usually between words and after particles. For example,

오늘 아침에 언니하고 공부했어요.
오늘 today + space
아침 morning + 에(place particle) + space
언니 older sister + 하고(with particle) + space
공부했어요. studied

Let’s practice another sentence.

주말에 친구 집에서 점심을 먹어요.
주말 weekend + 에 (time particle) + space
친구 friends + space
집 house + 에서 (place particle) + space
점심 lunch + 을 (object particle) + space
먹어요. eat

One thing you should remember is there is NO SPACE BEFORE A PARTICLE. Particles are always attached to a noun.

Isn’t it easy?

Can you leave spaces on these sentences below? Please write your answer on reply to this post.

  1. 어제아침에친구를만났어요. (I met my friend yesterday morning)
  2. 내일언제학교에가요?(When are you going to school tomorrow? )
  3. 오늘저녁에우리집에오세요.(Please come to my house this evening.)
  4. 지난주말에백화점에서옷을샀어요. (I bought clothes at a department store last weekend.)

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.