Level 2 Lesson 28 / method, way / (으)로

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안녕하세요! Welcome back to TalkToMeInKorean, everyone, and today we have a lesson about a new particle, which is -(으)로. This particle that we are introducing here, -(으)로, has a lot of usages and functions, so it’s virtually impossible to go over all of its usages, but through this lesson, we introduced the basic common feature of its various meaning and usages.

Listen in to find out how it is used in natural context, and as always, if you have any questions, please leave us comments!!! Thanks!

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  • mailuong

    With this particle, could it be like the other particles we have learned about where it can just be dropped out or will the meaning and comprehension completely change?

    • Seokjin Jin

      If you omit the particle, it will sound weird and the meaning will be changed.

      뭐로 만들었어요? – What did you use to make it?

      뭐 만들었어요? – What did you make?

  • Francesco Colléter

    만약 버스로 가면, 오른쪽으로 가야 되요

  • 소피

    학교에 차로 갔었어요.
    I went to school by car.

  • Michael

    If I wanted to say, “Can someone explain this in English?,” would it be correct to say, “누군가 이것을 영어로 설명할 수 있어요?” Also, if I wanted to say it more politely, would it be correct to say, “누군가 이것을 영어로 설명할 수 있어 주세요?”

    • Seokjin Jin

      누군가 이것을 영어로 설명할 수 있어 주세요?
      > 누군가 이것을 영어로 설명할 수 있으세요? In this case, it is good to add the honorific suffix “시”. Naturally, I would say “이것을 영어로 설명할 수 있는 사람 있으세요?”

      Regarding the two sentences “저는 TTMIK으로 한국어 공부해요” and “저는 TTMIK에서 공부해요”, many Korean will think they have same meaning but -으로 is used as a way/method of action and -에서 is used to indicate the location.

      저는 TTMIK으로 한국어 공부해요 > I study Korean with TTMIK.
      저는 TTMIK에서 공부해요 > I study Korean in TTMIK.

  • Cherubiel Cherub

    마이클은 비행이로 뉴욕에 갈 거예요.
    교과서로 한국어를 공부해요
    내가 이거 손으로 스웨터를 만들었어
    발생은 바이러스로 원인이었어요
    뭐로 그렸어요? 제가 그냥 연필로 그림을 그렸는데요
    오늘은 제가 아침으로 곡식을 많이 먹어서 너무 배불렀어요
    문 오른쪽으로 가세요