Level 2 Lesson 15 / only / -만

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In this lesson, let us learn how to say “only” in Korean. The word to remember is -만 [-man] but the usage changes depending on whether you are saying “only” about a noun or a verb. Listen in to find out how to use -만 in a sentence and also practice making your own sentences in Korean! Thank you for studying with us!



You can download 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.


  • 애슐리

    집에는 책을 읽기만 해요 or
    집에는 책만 읽어요. I only read books at home.
    Is it correct?

    • JooyeonPark

      집에서 책만 읽어요.
      집에서 책을 읽기만 해요.

      Both are correct! :)
      just change 는 to 서

  • Britty

    What if you wanted to say “I can speak only a little Korean”? Could you say
    “한국어를 조금만 할 수 있어요”?

    • JooyeonPark

      네 맞아요!
      You can say like that, or we say “한국어 조금밖에 못 해요”

    • Britty

      너무 감사합니다!

  • Cee

    I have a question regarding a sentence in the pdf –

    ‘아침에는 커피만 마셔요.’ Doesn’t this mean ‘I drink only coffee in the morning?’ Meaning I don’t drink anything else aside from coffee in the morning?

    If I want to say ‘I only drink coffee in the morning’, meaning I don’t drink coffee at any time other than in the morning, do I say ‘아침에만 커피 마셔요.’?

    • JooyeonPark

      You already know perfectly! Haha

      You are right.

      아침에는 커피만 마셔요 means “I only drink coffee in the morning”
      아침에만 커피 마셔요 means “I drink coffee only in the morning”

    • Cee

      Oh thank you! :D Glad to have that cleared up.

      선생님, 감사합니다 !

  • Leela

    안녕하세요!

    오늘은 전화 한 개만 있었어요. – Today, I only had one call/Today, I had only one call
    저는 자연의 제품만 사요. – I only buy natural products.

  • https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrX83EG-L2enoLy2YyfGxqg/videos Ara

    If i want to say “All of my friends have a boyfriend. Only me who doesn’t.”
    can i say it like this?

    ‘내 친구들은 다 남친이 있어요. 나만 혼자요 (ㅠ.ㅠ)’