Level 7 Lesson 17 / They say …/-(느)ㄴ대요/-(이)래요

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In this lesson, let’s take a look at how to say “they say…”, “I hear that…”, or how to re-tell someone what you’ve heard from someone else. The main 2 ways to say this in Korean are (ㄴ/는)대(요) and -(이)래(요). If you studied Level 5, Lesson 17, you may have learned something similar to this, but using these 2 endings is easier and more commonly used in spoken Korean.

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.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tyler-Smith/100000387228787 Tyler Smith

    1. 어제 그 사람은 만났어요. 어디 일한다고 물어봤어요. 티티믹에서 일했대요. 그게 맞나요?
    2. 어제 그 사람은 만났어요. 어디 일한다고 물어봤어요. 티티믹에서 일했다고 해요. 그게 맞나요?
    Does dialogue make sense? If not please correct me :)

    Tyler Smith (신태은)

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tyler-Smith/100000387228787 Tyler Smith

      English Translation for what I was TRYING to say lol:
      Yesterday I met that person. I asked him “Where do you work?”. He said “I work at TTMIK”. Is that true?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jon-Masters/516951544 Jon Masters

      어디 일한다고 물어봤어요 –> 어디서 일하냐고 물어봤어요

      Use the ~냐고 construction when quoting a question

      티티믹에서 일했대요 –> 티티믹에서 일한대요

      If you say “일했대요” here it means that he/she used to work at TTMIK – you should quote in the same tense as the original statement!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tyler-Smith/100000387228787 Tyler Smith

      Thank you so much Jon Masters. I was wondering if I should use 냐고 or not.

  • Samier


    I think this makes it sound more natural :D


  • 시혁

    Just perfect! explanation^^

  • yoga

    is that learning hangeul just 2 part? i still can’t write my name in korean
    my name is yoga and i just now how to write ga n wondering how to write yo.
    i just start lerning korean, now i’m in level 1 lesson 10.
    thank you
    terima kasih
    i really love kyeong-eun choi voice

    • husain

      yoga = 요가

  • Anthony

    Is there another meaning to 대요? I heard my korean classmate begin a question by 질문인데요 or something.. Maybe I heard wrong?

  • Matt

    TTMIK 선생님들이 멋있고 똑똑하대요. 인기 계속 커질 거래요.
    (They say the TTMIK teachers are cool and smart. I heard it will keep getting more popular.)

    이것 맞아요?

    • Kyung-hwa Sun

      TTMIK 선생님들이 멋있고 똑똑하대요. (Correct!)
      인기 계속 커질 거래요 >> 인기가 점점 더 많아질 거래요.

  • Michelle

    Hey there Im doing some work book practices by myself and came across this question…
    If I were to quote someone saying 내일 아침 아홉 시까지 오세요, should I quote is as 내일 아침 아홉 시까지 온대요 or 내일 아침 아홉 시까지 오래요? Because I thought it should be 온대요 since its an action verb.But the answer state that is 오래요…why is that? T_T

    • Max Arenas

      It is 오래요 because the imperative ending (세요) is quoted as 래요. In this case it doesnt matter if its an action verb.

      내일 아침 아홉 시까지 온대요 = 내일 아침 아홉 시까지 와요

      내일 아침 아홉 시까지 오래요 = 내일 아침 아홉 시까지 오세요

  • Eman

    년다음에는 그 사람이 결혼할 거래요.

    어제도 저를 거짓말했 대요.

    학교에 싸운대요. 근데 괜찮안 척 할게요.

  • 정지혜

    내일 아침에 눈이 온대요.