In this lesson, we are taking a look at how to use the sentence ending “-(으)ㄹ 따름이다”. This is used to express the meaning of “only” as in “we can only …” or “what I did is just …”. This is a somewhat formal ending and can be found in many official (usually apologetic) statements as well as contexts where the speaker is expressing hope or regret, such as “I only did what he told me, but …” or “we can only wait for the result now”.
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.