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. 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.

  • 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.