Level 2 Lesson 22 / to like / 좋다 vs 좋아하다

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안녕하세요, 여러분! What are some things that you like? What are some thing that you don’t like? Talking about what you like or love is one of the first things that you get to learn to do when learning a foreign language. Let us find out how to say that you like something in Korean. And if you already know the verb 좋다 [jo-ta], let us also find out what the difference between 좋다 and 좋아하다 is. Be sure to pick up the free PDF and leave us comments! We love you all!

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.

  • Dee

    can 동방신기가 좋아요 or 동방신기 좋아요 mean 동방신기is good !! ???

  • James Bond 007

    저 정말 현우씨가 좋아요. 저는 도 경은씨를 좋아해요. 비가 안 좋아요. 석진씨가 여뻐요.

  • http://elfap.tumblr.com santino

    ttmik 좋 아 해 요!! XD

  • noemie

    How would you say ”I like A more than B.”?
    Would it be ”A를 B보다 더 좋아해요.” ?

    • http://twitter.com/jinseokjin jinseokjin

      Correct! Good job!

  • Hinata


    Can you help me?

    I like to learn Korean so/because I like watching Korean Drama.
    - 저는 한국어를 배우 좋아해요. 그래서 저는 한국드라마를 보는 것는 좋아해요.
    - 저는 한국어를 배우 좋아해요 때문에 저는 한국드라마를 보는 것는 좋아해요.

    I like DBSK more than Super Junior!
    - 저는 DBSK(은) Super Junior보다 더 좋아해요!

    Why 저 좋아하세요 not 저 좋아해요 only?

    How will I say, I like to be good in Korean? Since like means to be good.
    (저는 한국어를 잘 좋아해요.) – just guessing.

    When I say:
    I like to play, I like to work, I like to eat, etc. Is’t the like means to be good.

    same using I want to … (~고 싶어요?)

    Thank you! ^^

  • Melissa Vincent

    ulido dangshindeuleul joahaeyo. I’m learning to romanize korean and I am trying to say we like you all too. Please correct me if I am doing it wrong. kamsahamnida!:)

  • Débora


    I didn’t understand why the 하다 verbs become ‘noun + 안 + 하다’ in the negative form and the verbs of this lesson take another way, like 좋아하다 becomes ‘안 좋아하다’, not ‘좋아 + 안 + 하다’.

    It’s because the first are action verbs and the second are descriptive?

    감사합니다. =)

    • http://twitter.com/jinseokjin jinseokjin

      Hi Débora,
      I hope you to regard 좋아하다 as a verb, but not the form compounded with action verb and descriptive.
      좋아하다 is just an action verb and when it is used as a negative form 안 is added on the front.
      안 좋아하다.

    • Débora

      감사합니다 석진씨 ^^

  • jhen

    hi if i want to say “i like korean people” is it correct to say “jeo neun hanguk saram joahaeyo”? :-s

    • http://twitter.com/jinseokjin jinseokjin

      It is almost perfect! It will be perfect if you add the object marking particle after 사람.

      > 저는 한국 사람을 좋아해요.

  • flavio

    저는 플라뵤입니다,저는 브라질사람이에요.
    그레거 지금 이스라엘에서 있어요.
    한국어를 여기 (here? :p)하고 유투브에서 공부해요.
    한국어를 정말 좋아해요!만나서 반가습니다고..
    Thank you guys!you all make my working shift better when i hear the lessons,if yoi can help me out i will appreciate it! Bye bye

  • Claira

    thank you for the lesson! :) please help me check my sentences :)

    커피을 좋아해요. (I like coffee.)

    빅뱅을 정말 좋아해요! (I really like Big Bang!)

    책을 읽는 것을 좋아해요. (I like reading books.)

    TTMIK을 좋아요, 그래서 저도 좋아해요. (TTMIK is nice, so I also like it.)

    감사합니다! :)

  • kyuhyun

    (sorry if i sound rude)
    3) 동방신기가 좋아요.
    4) 동방신기를 좋아요.
    Sentence number 3 means that you like DBSK. And sentence number 4 is not correct because
    좋다 is not a verb that can have an object.

    this confused for a second because i thought you couldn’t use 좋아요 for objects,i think you guys need to be more specific that yo can’t use 를 for 동방신기 because they are people and not objects :)

  • David

    TTMIK를 좋아해요 도 한국어조하허요

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  • Kevin Han

    네, TTMIK하고 배우는 거를 정말 좋아해요!!!
    Does it ok to add the 하고 after TTMIK or should I add it after 배우는 것 since “learning” is now a noun? 감사합니다!

    • http://twitter.com/jinseokjin jinseokjin

      It is okay to add 하고 after TTMIK. There is no problem. :)

  • KD

    How about explaining it this way: “joh-da” is an adjective and “joh-a-ha-da” is a verb.

  • Tiara

    Err…I have some questions and I hope anyone can answer or explain them for me ;_;
    1. 니가 더 사랑해줄게요. = I will love you more. Is this correct?
    2. Please check these sentences I made… Which one is the correct one for saying “I will love you”? And can you explain it? ㅠㅠ
    a. 니가 사랑할게요. b. 니가 사랑해줄게요. c. 너를 사랑할게요. d. 너를 사랑해줄게요.
    3. There is a lyric like “니가 필요해”, and it is translated as “I need you.” in English. But after listening to this audio lesson, I think about it again. Doesn’t it means “You(as the subject) need ‘something’.”? I’m quite confused now ;_;

    Sorry for asking too much ;_;

  • Devin Doss

    네, TTMIK를 너무 너무 좋아해요!
    샤이니가 제일 좋아요!

  • hiba

    저는 한국에 여행을 좋아해요

    correct ?

    감사합니다 ^^

  • April

    I wonder which is correct? 예쁘해요 or 예뻐해요. ? I’m curious about this.

    Thank you

  • http://nus.edu.sg JUN

    저는 TTIMK의 한국어 레슨이 좋아요.
    저는 TTIMK의 선생님하고 같이 한국어 공부를 좋아해요.
    TTIMK의 선생님과 같이 한국어를 공부하는 것을 좋아해요.
    TTIMK의 선생님과 함께 한국어를 공부하는 것이 좋아요.
    현우 선생님이랑 경은 선생님을 너무 좋아해요.
    현우 선생님하고 경은 선생님이 아주 좋아요.
    선생님께, 뭐가 제일 좋아요?
    아니면, 뭐를 제일 좋아해요?
    자세한 설명 감사합니다.
    설명해 주셔서 감사합니다. :) :) :)

    행복한 하루 되세요! :) :)

  • 유리

    Hi I think you are awesome :)
    I have a question
    So i think you said 안좋아해요… but i thought if you use 안 with a -하다 verb you have to put it before 하다…
    so why isnt it 좋아안해요?
    감사합나다 ^_^

  • Odette

    I heard that one situation where you’d use 은/는 is when discussing a topic already brought up, while one situation where you’d use 이/가 is when introducing something new. But it seemed like 현우 was saying the opposite…?

    I like listening to music a lot. 저는 음악을 너무 좋아해요.

    I like eating Korean barbecue with my friends. Bulgogi is the best! 저는 친구랑 삼겹살을 좋아해요. 불고기를 제일 좋아해해요. If I’m saying that bulgogi is the best, why does bulgogi get an object particle? In the practice sentence, you said ,”What is the best?” and “what” got an object particle. Why?

    Korean is my favorite foreign language! 한국어가 외국의 언어 제일 좋아요.

  • Odette

    Also, if 좋다 cannot mean “to like” when referring to someone else, how can, “우유가 좋아해요?” mean “Do you like milk?”

    • http://twitter.com/jinseokjin jinseokjin

      Of course “좋다” also can mean “to like” but when it comes to “to like”, I think that “좋아하다” is used a lot.

      It is correct to say “우유를 좋아해요?”.

  • Fel

    TTMIK가 좋아요! :)

    샤이니하고 엑소를 종말 좋아해요^^
    그리고 노래하는 것을 좋아해요.

    Hope it makes sense haha..

  • Odette

    안녕하세요! I’m reviewing level 2 now, and I’m a bit confused with the difference is between 제일 좋아요 and 제일 좋아해요. In the pdf, 제일 좋아요 is translated to “favorite,” while 제일 좋아해요 is translated to “the best.” However, I’d think that 제일 좋아해요 would mean favorite, because it is you actively liking the object (as evident by the use of 좋아해요), and is thus your personal favorite. On the other hand, 제일 좋아요 would seem to mean “the best” because it is less of a personal opinion and more of a quality, like “likeable,” (as evident by 좋아요).

    Also, why is -세요 used in this sentence in the pdf: 저 좋아하세요? If -세요 is an imperative ending, commanding someone to do something, how can it be used in a question?

  • Omnia Mohamed

    네 ttmik 너무 좋아요 ♥♥

    • http://talktomeinkorean.com/ Talk To Me In Korean

      고맙습니다 ^__^

  • Timothy Lim

    how “뭐가 제일 좋아요?” and “뭐를 제일 좋아해요?” have different meaning with just the word “가” and “를” different ?
    I am so confuse , please help me solve this . Thank you~

  • Guest

    TTMIK가 좋아요 그리고 인피니트랑 방탄선년단을 좋아해요 ^^

  • Dayle ♚ 데일

    TTMIK이 좋아요 그리고 인피니트랑 방탄선년단을 좋아해요 ^^

  • ChuanKitNG

    저는 현우씨보다 경은씨를 더 좋아해요!! ㅎㅎ ^.^

    현우씨 슬퍼하지마세요~ ㅋㅋㅋ

    • Seokjin Jin

      경은 will like your comment. :)