Level 2 Lesson 21 / more ~ than ~ / ~보다 더

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In this lesson we are learning how to say that something is “bigger”, “nicer”, “more expensive” than something else. In Korean you use the word 더 [deo] to say this. Listen in to find out how to compare two things or people in Korean. Thanks for studying with us and don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions!

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.

  • Cait

    Please correct:

    이 케이크는 그 케이크보다 더 커야 돼요 왜냐하면 그 케이크를 아이는 먹을거예요.
    This cake has to be bigger than that cake because a child will eat that cake.

    Sorry it’s a complicated one :)

  • Lyn

    In the PDF you use 찰하다 for “to be nice to people” but in the audio lesson it sounds like 좋다-
    is this correct?
    Are they different?

    • Lyn

      Oops sorry, ignore that comment :) didn’t listen to the whole lesson.

  • Riza

    프로그래밍 언어 공부하는 것은 한국어 공부하는 것보다 더 어려워요.
    Studying programming language is more difficult than studying Korean.

    Is this correct ?

    감사합니다 !!!

  • 마이크

    Firstly thank you for your lessons, they have really improved my Korean…

    I have a question about this lesson. In most of the examples the structure is:

    [higher situation] 는 [lower situation] 보다 더 [adjective]

    But in the last example (number 5) the structure is:

    [lower situation] 보다 [higher situation]를 더 [adjective]

    Using the structure taught throughout the lesson I guessed the translation of sentence 5 would be:

    책을사는것 은 책을읽는것 보다더좋아요

    Is my translation incorrect?

    Please could you explain the usage of both structures?

    Many thanks, Mike

  • Sheena Ingram

    All of the verbs in the lesson are conjugated in the present tense. Can you conjugate it in the past or future tense to say “it was more” or “it will be more”? For instance “이거년 저는더건강 할거예요.” or “어제그것더추웠어요.”

    Thanks in advance for considering my question!

    • Seokjin Jin

      이거년 저는더건강 할거예요. > 올해에 저는 더 건강할 거예요.

      어제그것더추웠어요. > 어제보다 더 추웠어요.

  • bapid

    당신이 바드민턴을 쳐는 것은 축구를 하는 것보다 더 좋아할 거예요! 그리고, 공부보다 좋아할 거예요. 읽는 것보다 드라마를 보는 것을 더 싫을 거예요.

  • Maxim Lagay

    감사합니다 for the lesson! It was really good, but I do not understand why 빠르다 means “to be fast” and 빠른 means “fast”. Can I change any adjective for making it into a verb? Do you have lesson about adjectives?
    Thank you!

  • Capturedinwords

    Ok trying out a sentence.

    How about… 수박은 사과보다 더 맛있어요 왜냐하면 수박은 사과보다 더 달어요.

    Watermelon is more delicious than apples because watermelon is sweeter than apples.

    It’s a long sentence but I hope it’s right!

  • 나하린

    저는 일하는 것보다 한국어 공부하는 것을 더 촣아해요.
    감사합니다. ^^

    • Seokjin Jin


  • https://twitter.com/miloudsaria miloud saria

    저는 아랍 사람이에요 그런데 영어가 한국 보다 쉬워요 korean is dificult for me because of the sentence order of it but with the time I think it will be easy to understand

    • Seokjin Jin

      Yes. The Korean grammar structure is quite different from English, but we are doing our best to make it easy to understand. I hope you enjoy learning Korean with us. :)

  • omomomo123

    저는 요리는 거보다 먹는 거를 더 좋아해요.
    이거는 여기에 내 첫 코멘트이에요!
    am i doing okay? 저는 잘했어요?

  • Colton Hennick

    저는 자는 것보다 공부하는 것을 더 좋아해요! ㅋㅋㅋ

    • 애슐리

      WHAAT :’)

    • Seokjin Jin

      I admire you. :)

  • Derek Stone

    저는 책을 읽는 것을 영화를 보는 것보다 더 좋아해요!

  • Guest

    Excuse me… :) I’m a little bit confused when I hear 도 and 더… How can you distinguish the sound? :)

    • Seokjin Jin

      When we say 도, the shape of lips is circular and according to 더, the chin goes down.

  • Jham

    저기요… :) What is the difference of “o” and “eo” (ex. 조 and 저) How can you differentiate their sound? :))))

    • Seokjin Jin

      The shape of lips is different. When we say 오, it is circular and when we say 어, chin goes down. Regarding 어, I think the pronounce is similar to “u” in “Bus”.

    • Jham

      Thank you for replying :))) Thanks for replying at all of my questions!!! :))))) TTMIK jjang!!! Jin Seokjin jjang!!! :)))

  • Anton Escano

    수학 공부하는 것보다 한국어 배우는 것을 더 좋아해요!

  • Andrew T.

    저는 집에 되는 것보다 친구랑 되는 것을 더 좋아해요.

    Is this correct?

  • Michael Chan

    저는 한국어 공부하는 것보다 쇼핑하는 것을 더 좋아해요

  • 이만

    Thank you so much
    한국어이는 일본인보다 더 쉽게 = Korean is easier than Japanese
    I hope it’s correct

    • 애슐리

      its 한국어는 일본어보다 쉽다

    • Seokjin Jin

      Good job!

  • Trang Nguyen

    Did 경은 선생님 say this:
    “오늘은 점점 더워지고 있어요”

  • 타얄리

    I just wonder how I could shorten this sentence:
    수박먹는갓은 사과먹는갓보다 더좋아해요.
    “I like eating watermelons more than apples.”
    Now I have 먹는갓 in there two times, but I want it only one time.
    Is it possible this way?
    수박은 사과보다 더먹는갓좋아해요.

    • 애슐리

      수박은 사과보다 더 먹는 것을 좋아해요. Im sure at 99% it works ;)

    • Rysho

      Very close.
      (저는) 수박을 사과보다 더 먹는 것을 좋아해요.

      You are the subject, so the apple and watermelons are both objects of your sentence. Hope that clarifies things. Good job both of you.

    • Seokjin Jin

      Thanks Rysho. Naturally, we say 사과보다 수박 먹는 것을 더 좋아해요.

  • gracewoo

    I like listening songs more than watching drama.
    저는 노래는 듣는 것보다 드라마 보는 것을 더 좋아해요.
    감사합니다 ^^

    • Neoking

      I think your sentence is wrong. You added 보다 after 듣는 것 meaning “than listening”. I think your sentence reads “I like watching drama more than listening to songs.” You have to add 보다 after 드라마 보는 것 to mean “than watching drama”.

      I think you would write it like this: 저는 드라마 보는 것보다 노래 듣는 것을 더 좋아해요 OR 저는 노래 듣는 것을 드라마 보는 것보다 더 좋아해요.
      Someone please correct me if I’m wrong!

    • gracewoo

      Yea you are right. I actually wanna write I like watching drama than listening song at first. Thanks for correcting me

  • Ashley Heil

    어려워요 …is this a verb? I don’t remember learning it yet

    • Seokjin Jin

      어려워요 means “to be difficult”. :) It is conjugated from 어렵다.

  • JustAstranger

    I have question for level 2 lesson 21.
    Esp.No.1) Today is hotter than yesterday . In korean is
    오늘은 어제보다 더워요.
    Esp.No.5) I like buying books more than reading books.
    저는 책을 읽는 것보다 사는 것을 더 좋아애요
    And it is not…
    저는 책을 사는 것보다 읽는 것을 더 좋아애요

    Thanks all^^

    • Joshua Grootveld

      Lets break it down!
      오늘은 어제보다 더워요

      오늘(은) = Today (+topic marking particle)
      어제 = Yesterday
      보다 = Than
      더워요 = Hot

      So you are saying: Today is hotter than yesterday But you already knew that :)

      So lets break down the last sentence and compare:
      저는 책을 읽는 것보다 사는 것을 더 좋아애요

      저는= I
      책을 = Books
      읽는 것 = The act of reading
      보다 = than
      사는 것(을) = The act of buying
      더 = More
      좋아애요 = Like

      So if you say 읽는 것보다 you’re basically saying “More than reading”. And if you look that the full sentence it says: “I like buying books (사는 것을) more than reading (books).” because 보다 was ‘attached’ to 읽는 것 (The act of reading)

      You were saying the opposite thing by saying: 저는 책을 사는 것보다 읽는 것을 더 좋아애요
      Which means: “I like reading books more than buying (books).”

      Hope this clears it up for you a little bit.
      If you have any other questions feel or if i was still unclear, feel free to ask!

  • Connor

    팡파르에서 연주하는 것보다 관현악단 연주하는 것을 더 좋아해요.

  • 이슬나다

    저는 영어 배운 것보다 한국어가 배운 것을 더 빨라요.

    • Seokjin Jin

      It will be more natural if you say 저는 영어보다 한국어를 더 빨리 배웠어요.