Level 6 Lesson 22 / Word Builder 11 / 무

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안녕하세요! In the Word Builder lessons, we introduce letters and words that work as building blocks of the Korean vocabulary. They are not necessarily all Hanja words based on Chinese characters, but many of them are. In this World Builder lesson, we will be looking at how 무 (無) is used in Korean vocabulary.

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.


  • ks

    무조건 아침에 일어나게 될거고 너를 보러 오죠.

  • Edin

    So is it a bit like 불?

    • daniel

      부/불 (不) is more inclined towards general negativity or opposition while 무 (無) implies non-existence of something overall.

  • Germain

    무 is like the the English suffix “-less”, which usually gives the meaning of “without” to the root, like witless, limitless, sugarless, pitiless, worthless, meaningless, and so on.

  • 후안

    (무료) 거기 가면 무료로 얻을 수 있대요.
    (무시) 그러니까 어차피 저를 무시하고 그냥 갈 거라고요.
    (무명) 최근까지 그가 무명 가수인 줄 몰랐어요.
    (무한) 실제로 가능성이 거의 무한한 것 같아요.
    (무사고) 아직까지 저는 무사고 운전 기록을 가지고 있어요.
    (무책임) 그렇게 계속 하다니 참 무책임하군요.
    (무조건) 네 말이라면 난 무조건 믿을 수 있어.