Level 2 Lesson 19 / Making verbs into nouns / -는 것

In this lesson, we are going to learn about a grammatical structure that will come in handy when you want to expand your sentences and make longer and more accurate phrases in Korean. In Korean when you link phrases with other phrases, you often make one phrase into a noun form and have it included in a bigger phrase. In order to do that, we are going to look at how to make verbs into nouns in this lesson. Listen in and pay close attention to what 현우 and 경은 introduce, and be sure to give it a try and make your own sample sentences! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!

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  • can someone help me i do understand the lesson but i’m confused when do i use it !!!! like why we are not using the normal formal structure of the future present past ecs.. sentences WHAT IS THIS PEOPLE !!

  • 감사합니다
    i think i got it now by my own lol

    • Seokjin Jin

      It’s nice to know that! You did a good job! Thanks for studying Korean with us.

    • thank you for putting it for free once i get my credit card i’ll buy the books ^_^

  • Fatumah

    제 취미는 한국 드라마 보는 거예요. 요즘 W는 보는 거예요. 진짜 마음에 들어. I wanted to write “My hobby is watching Korean dramas. Recently I am watching W. I really like it.”

    Does it make sense in Korean? Please correct me if I am wrong ^^

    • Kyeong-Eun Choi

      제 취미는 한국 드라마 보는 거예요. This sentence is perfect! 🙂 요즘 W(라는 드라마를) 보고 있어요. 그 드라마를 정말 좋아해요. (You also can say “그 드라마 진짜 재미있어요.”

    • Deeti Mali

      Hi Kyeong-Eun can you explain the most repeatedly asked question here, Why use this and not simply the present progressive tense in brief, I can apply it but don’t quite understand when to use it

  • 저 요즘 공부하는 거는 한국어예요. (Korean is what I’ve been studying recently.)
    저 많이 먹는 거 파스타예요. (Pasta is what I’m eating a lot.)
    저 먹는 거는 진짜 좋아해요. (I really like eating.)
    [지금은 정말 배고파요. ㅋㅋ]

    아, 진짜 어려워요 >< Will try my best.. 감사합니다~

  • Rae

    제 취미는 집 청소하는 거예요… 한숨

  • Keltoum

    요즘 보는 거는 W예요 ….Does it make sense in Korean?

  • Eskymau

    네,현우랑 경은 공부하는 거 좋아해요 ! 재미있어요
    제 취미는 책 읽는 거랑 한국 드라마 보는 거예요
    Or should I say : 제 취미는 책 읽는 거 그리고 한국 드라마 보는 거예요 ?

  • 암알

    지금 하는 거는 한극어 곰부해요 . . .. . is this correct?

  • Farzam Habib Khan

    지금 먹는 거는 김치예요..(Kimchi is what i am eating right now)
    현우씨하고 경은씨 공부하는 거 진짜 좋아해요….
    ㄱㅅ 😉

    • Seokjin Jin

      지금 먹는 거는 김치예요. 현우 씨하고 경은 씨와 공부하는 거 진짜 좋아해요.


  • Chocobana

    네, 현우씨랑 경은씨 공부는 거 아주 좋아해요.

    Random sentences:
    -제 방은 정수하는 것이 많이 싫어해요. xD
    -제 취미는 책을 읽는 거에요. 그런데 요즘 많이 바빠서 읽는 거 시간이 없어요. (I’m not sure if I used this construction correctly. I meant that I have no reading time.)