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 !

    • Maybel Eugenio

      hello teacher this “only” word applies to a currency too?

      like eleven dollars only
      shipil man dollars?

  • Leela


    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)’

  • Bre

    내 다 친구들을 핸드폰 있어요, 내가만 없어요 : (
    Is this correct?

  • jeffderricksy

    지금까지 그사람만 사랑해요. 다른 여자를 안 좋아해요.

    • Vichhai(계상)

      Hi 엡아언니 ~Eva~ and jeffderricksy I thing we should use 안 좋아해요.

  • jeffderricksy

    Hi Eva! Thanks for the correction. I think 좋아 안 해요 also sounds more natural and correct. 고마워요 친구 =)

    • Becky Barnett

      I took a Korean class and 엡아어니 is right. 안 and 못 come in between when there is a 하다. 공보 안 해요, 운동 못 해요, 좋아 안 해요 ^_^

  • yourippehdees

    나는 언제 경찰관 추적 하는곳 만  도망쳐요.
    I run away only when the police are chasing me.

    장무 같이 만 수을 마셔요.
    I drink heavily only with my mother in law.

    그 사람 재 징구만 있어요.
    That guy is my only friend

  • Buse Tılkı

    I didn’t only study,i ate too..
    저는 공부기만 안 했어요,음식도 먹었어요 ..

    i did not have breakfast yesterday , only had dinner
    어재 아짐 식사 안 했어요,전녁 식사만 했어요

    are these correct ? is my logic wrong?

  • Asma Lee

    I honestly love you both <3

  • Cicero

    지금 한국어만 공부해요.

    내일 쉬기만 할거예요.

    저는 물만 마셔요.

    저는 소설책만 읽어요.

    우리는 지금 친구만 이에요.

    TTMIK 감사합니다!