In this lesson you will learn how to say “How much is it?” in Korean and how to answer.
Learning to say ‘How much is it?’ in Korean is essential if you ever want to buy something in a store or restaurant in Korea. Understanding this useful phrase will enable you to check the price of things in many different everyday situations.
The key words and expressions you will learn in this lesson are:
- 얼마예요? (eol-ma-ye-yo?) – How much is it?
- 원 (won) – won (the currency of Korea)
- 천원이에요 (i-cheon-won-i-ye-yo) – It’s one thousand won.
The Korean words in this lesson are written in both Hangul and English. If you’ve not yet learned how to read the Korean alphabet, check out our complete Korean alphabet guide to help you learn how to read in Korean.
Once you have learned the basics of how to ask and answer ‘How much is it?’ in Korean, check out our complete Korean numbers guide so you can say and understand any price in Korean.
‘How much is it?’ In Korean
얼마예요? (eol-ma-ye-yo?) – How much is it?
‘How much is it?’ in Korean is 얼마예요? Click on the audio below to check how to pronounce 얼마예요.
The question ‘얼마예요?’ is made up of 얼마 (how much) + 예요 (is / is equal to).
In the previous lesson you learned ‘뭐예요?’ (What is it?). You have probably noticed that ‘얼마예요?’ and ‘뭐예요?’ both have the same ending (예요).
To review, 예요 and 이에요 both mean ‘is’ in the sense of ‘is equals to’, and if the preceding syllable ends in a vowel, then 예요 is used.
So, 얼마예요 literally means ‘How much is it (equal to)?’
It’s One Thousand Won
The currency of South Korea is the South Korean Won (₩).
The answer the question ‘얼마예요?’ (How much is it?) follows the following structure:
Number + Currency + 이에요.
So to say ‘It’s ₩1000.’ in Korean you would say 천(thousand) + 원 (South Korean Currency) + 이에요 (is equals to).
Here are some examples.
Numbers In Korean
Now that you know how ask and answer ‘How much is it?’ in Korean, you just need to learn Sino-Korean numbers to be able to say any amount of money in Korean. Luckily, learning Sino-Korean numbers is very easy. You only need to know 18 words to be able to count to 1 billion in Korean.
To learn numbers in Korean, check our our complete Korean numbers guide.