Level 1 Lesson 24 / Why? How? / 왜? 어떻게?

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안녕하세요 여러분! In this lesson, we are going to have a look at the interrogatives “why” “how” and also how to say things like “how much” “how fast” “how quickly” and so on. You can also review how to say “what” “who” and “where” in this lesson. Be sure to try making your own sample expressions and share them with us in the comment box! And if you have any other questions, please feel free to ask! Thank you! 감사합니다.

You can download a free PDF for this lesson here, or if you want to study with our TalkToMeInKorean textbooks, you can get them here.

  • you guys are very funny, always make me laugh ;D

  • Suga Swag

    어제 왜 안 왔어요? (Why didn’t you come yesterday?)


    • JooyeonPark

      Great! 🙂

  • Jason Plumb

    Is 무거워요 an irregularity? I assumed it would be 무거어요

    • Yanoosh

      Yes, it’s irregular – 무겁다. You could find basic form of this word in PDF attached to this lesson.

    • Jason Plumb


  • Essi Savonius

    왜 너 나 사랑 안 햇ㅅ어요? ( Why you didn’t love me?)
    I know that another “ㅅ” should be next to another “ㅅ” but for some reason it didn’t go there.
    Anyways is this correct? I don’t believe so but i tried…
    감사합니다! <3

    • Seokjin Jin

      You meant “왜 너 나 사랑 안 했어요?”, right?

      That’s correct sentence. Many Korean people will understand you.
      More naturally, you can say “왜 나를 사랑하지 않았어요?” or “왜 저를 사랑하지 않았어요?”.

    • Essi Savonius

      감사합니다 🙂 I have to study little bit more level 1 and then i can go to next level.

    • Probably the reason why the ‘ㅆ’ didn’t do right – you don’t press ‘ㅅ’ twice, you have to hold the shift key and ‘ㅅ’ key and then you will get ‘ㅆ’. This goes for all other double consonants as well (like ㅃ, ㅉ, ㄸ, ㄲ). Just a tip 🙂

  • Diamond Rose

    My sentence (well, question) is:
    어떻게 마시어요 술? Any corrections needed?

    • Seokjin Jin

      술을 어떻게 마셔요?

    • Diamond Rose

      보정 주셔서 감사합니다.

  • Harvey Rivas Potot

    [매주 얼마나 자주 한국어를 공부 해요?]; [이렇게 맛있는 케익을 어떻게 만든지 가르쳐 줄까요?]; [어제 왜 학교를 빼먹었어?]…선생님들이 제발 제가 만든 예문을 고쳐 주세요

  • Maria

    이거 얼마에요? -> How much is this?

    어제 왜 너는 안 잤어요? -> Why didn’t you sleep last night?

    is that correct?

    감사합니다 ☺

  • 왜 안 먹었어요? (Why didn’t you eat?)
    오늘 학교 왜 안 왔어요? (Why didn’t you go to school today?)
    햄버거 얼마예요? (How much is a hamburger?)

    감사합니다, TTMIK 짱!

  • Kyla Lee 이재미

    어떻게 해요? (How do you do that?) is this correct? I kinda think it sounds like how do you do

  • Kyla Lee 이재미

    I’m kinda new here so… I just wanna try, though I really think they’re quite wrong. Can you help me correct them? 🙂
    이거 어떻게 말해요? (How do you say this?)
    이거 어떻게 열어요? (how can you open this?)
    이거 어떻게 얻었요? (how did you get this?)
    얼마나 오래 자요? (how long do you sleep?)
    그녀 얼마나 많이 울어요? (how much did she cry?)

  • Kyla Lee 이재미

    =why questions=
    왜 울었어요? (why did she cry?)
    왜 했어요? (why did you do it?)
    이 책 왜 좋아요? (why do you like this book?)
    =how question=
    너 얼마나 많이 나 사랑해요? (how much do you love me?)

  • trackspy

    얼마나 일찍 왔어요? Is this correct for “How early did you come?”