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.

  • 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)

    • 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?

    • 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!

    • 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 😀


  • 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.

  • Sanjeeda Masroor

    1) They say they won’t be coming to the party.
    – 그 사람들이 파티에 안 올 거 래요

    2) They say her mom works very hard.
    – 그녀의 엄마가 열심히 일 했대요

    3) She says she is singer.
    – 그녀는 가수래요

    4) They say she likes me.
    – 그녀는 나를 좋아한대요

    5) They say that actress is very pretty.
    – 그 배우가 너무 예쁘대요

    6) They say she won’t be able to meet her mom
    – 제 엄마를 만날수 없을 거 래요

    7) They said the building was at the left side.
    – 저 건물이 왼쪽으로 있었대요

    8) She says it’s the book she likes.
    – 그녀는 좋아하는 책이래요

    9) They say he’s the person my friend is going to marry.
    – 제 친구가 결혼할 것은 사람이래요

    10) She says she is her best friend.
    – 그녀는 그녀의 진한 친구래요

    There are lots of rules in this lesson to remember. If there are any mistakes please correct me.감사합니다!!

    • JooyeonPark

      Great job! 🙂
      Here are some corrections.
      7) 저 건물이 왼쪽에 있었대요.
      8)이 책이 그녀가 좋아하는 책이래요.
      9) 그 사람이 제 친구가 결혼할 사람이래요.
      10) Let’s say “She says A is her best friend.” –> A가 그녀의 가장 친한 친구래요.

      Hope this helps!

    • Sanjeeda Masroor

      Yes, it really was helpful. I was revising the earlier ‘quoting’ lessons and read your corrections. Got to know where I made mistakes. 회신 주셔서 정말 감사합니다!!!!

  • Dania Freih

    1. 내일 아침에 다 올 거래요.
    2. 이번 시험은 어려울 건데, 다음에는 쉬울 거래요.
    3. 그 가수는 너무 많이 연습한대요.

  • TinaMusicFairy

    – 그 사람 누구인지 모른대요.
    – 그는 다음 날에 만날 거래요.
    – 어제 안 했대요.
    – 혼자 안 온대요.
    – 내일 갈 거래요.
    – 이게 무대래요.
    – 여기 한강공원이래요.
    – 매일 공부할거래요.
    – 지난 유월에 갔대요.
    – 김치였대요.
    – 모를 거래요, 기다려 야돼요.