Level 6 Lesson 12 / What do you mean? What does that mean? / 무슨 말이에요?

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안녕하세요! In our previous lesson, 경은 and 현우 explained how to say “I mean…” in 4 different ways in Korean. Now that you know how to explain what you mean, how do you ask someone else what he/she means? Have no fear, that’s why this lesson is here! Learn how to ask “what do you mean?”, “what does that mean?”, and “what’s that supposed to mean?” by downloading the PDF and audio file!



You can view a free PDF for this lesson here, or if you want to study with our TalkToMeInKorean textbooks, you can get them here. And after you learn the basics, try writing your own Korean sentences and get corrections from native speakers through HaruKorean, our 1:1 correction service.


  • 로저

    안녕하세요,

    “그 사람이 무슨 말인지 알고 싶어요.”라고 말해도 괜찮아요?

    • 로저

      아니면 “제가 그 사람의 말인지 알고 싶어요.”
      “I want to know what (s)he’s talking about.”

    • http://twitter.com/kyeongeun Kyeong-eun Choi

      ” 그 사람이 무슨 말을 하고 있는 지 알고 싶어요. ”

      “그 사람이 뭐라고 말 했는 지 알고 싶어요.”

      라고 말하면 돼요! ^^

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Icegirl-Caddie/100001206852199 Icegirl Caddie

    선생님들,수고하셨어요.^^
    내일 제가 현우 선생님하고 미경 씨를 만나러 갈 거예요.너무 기대해요.다음에 기회 있으면 한국에 가면 다른 TTMIK 선생님들도 만나고싶어요.^^

    즐거운 하루 보내세요!^^

  • Joanna

    Teachers ,thank you so much for your helpful lessons!With your easily reachable grammar ,fun learning and all the korean dramas I watch I think in a few years I could be fluent in Korean :P But there’s this thing I reaaally can’t get about Korean – 을 듯 and everybody I ask has a difficulty exlpaining it.Could you pleease do a lesson about this ending?? Infact ,there are so many different VERB ENDINGS that are so difficult sometimes .. Could you make a list or something? Like 는/은데 ,잖아 , 지/죠 (I know we’ve probably reviewed these so far but still it would be helpful :P) And thank you so much for your hardwork and dedication!You’re great!!!

    • jiwon

      thankyou so much oh, I’m Korean and I’ll give you answer
      는 means nothing, just be at Korean’s word’s subject’s behind
      and sometimes use 은
      so when a sentense ends with ~는 or ~은
      it’s something omitted behind the 는 or 은

    • jiwon

      no,no, there is somthing omitted behind 는 or 은
      sorry, I can’t write English well..
      oh U mean by 는/은데 to ~는데 ~은데

      I’ll give you means of 는데,은데

      There are alse omitted behind 은데 는데 when there’s no other words more

      for example,

      a:너 이 문제 풀줄 아니
      b:난 모르는데 (어떡해?)

      는데 = A is ~ but, is ~
      but = 는데

      ~지 means ~다’s confirmative formation

      ~죠 have different two means. ~죠? is used to question to older people (have some confidence)
      ~죠 is used to explain to people 존댓말로

      (죠 = ~지 + ~요) so ~지’s 존댓말
      idk 존댓말 in English

      oh I’m so tired to write this. In your perspective,maybe this is so short.
      but I spent 45 minute writing this
      this is all
      한국어 사랑해주셔서 너무너무 감사합니다^^

  • Stacy

    Thank you guys so much for this!

    I just have a few questions. I noticed that the beginning sound in words like 무슨 have a ‘b’ sound but would romanize to moo-sun (I’m probably wrong here). I also notice this in ‘neh’ (didn’t spell that right) but it sounds like ‘deh.’ What is the correct pronunication?

    Thank you!

    • Tim

      Hey Stacy.

      In one of the early lessons, Hyunwoo explained a little bit about irregularities. You can look around in the Level 1 lessons, I’m sure it’s in there somewhere. My apologies for not remembering which :p

  • Jennie

    안녕하세요!!

    I’m a 17 year old girl from Norway and I really enjoy your lessons! :3 it has taken me about 1 and a half month, but now I finally managed to catch up with you guys ^^ Keep making great lessons and I might be able to win over my parebts to let me go on high school exchange to Korea this spring ;)

    You’re totally awsome! >_<

  • Matt

    Yay! I FINALLY caught up with all the lessons :D Thank you everyone at ttmik, all the material here is really useful, and I think my Korean is improving quickly because of you guys. I can’t wait for the next lesson!
    Maybe I will see you around Seoul this year :)

  • Vorgrim

    이 사진에서 효진 선생님 너무 귀여워요.

    다시, 영국에서 감사합니다.

  • Emi

    this is the best korean learning site i’ve visited yet, great work :) do you think you could one day make a mobile version site?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Hee-Lee/100002453367433 Hee Lee

    You mean you dont like Super Junior ?what do you mean ?
    그러니까 슈퍼주니어는 안 좋아한다는 말이에요 ? 무슨 말이에요 ?/무슨 소리예요 ? /무슨 말씀이세요 ?

    Money ? what does it mean ?

    돈 ? 이거 무슨 뜻이에요 ?

  • Claira

    안녕해세요! :)

    그러니까 지금 떠날 건다고요? 우리 바로 도착하는데, 갑자기 무슨 말이에요? (You mean, you’re going to leave now? But we just only arrived. What do you mean all of a sudden?)

    모르는 무슨 말이에요? (What do you mean you don’t know?)

    우리하고 같이 안 가는 무슨 말이에요? (What do you mean you’re not going with us?)

    이게 다 한 다음에 지금 포기할 건다고? 이게 무슨 말이야? (You mean you’re going to give up after doing all these? What do you mean by this?)

    그러니까 날 사랑한다고? 우리 그냥 친구 아니야? 갑자기 무슨 말이야? (You mean, you love me? Aren’t we just friends? What do you mean all of a sudden?)

    감사합니다! :)