Level 2 Lesson 30 / Don’t do it / -지 마세요

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안녕하세요. Welcome to the last lesson in Level 2!!! You’re amazing for having made it so far and keeping up with us! Hope you will continue enjoying learning with us in the future! In this lesson, we are introducing how to tell someone to stop doing something or not to do something. Listen in and find out how to say that, and make sure you practice with us through comments!

Thank you!

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  • Rebecca Myers

    I’m so happy to have reached the end of level 2! Thank you both for the amazing lessons so far!

    I think i’ve heard people say “가지 마” or something similar on it’s own, without the polite ending. Is this correct to say too, if we’re just with friends?

  • Jesus Garcia

    At 5:34 did Kyungeun say “Everyone, don’t laugh at Hyunwoo’s jokes?”

    • Samala

      Yep. She most certainly did.

  • Jham

    Hello! I have a question… How can I properly pronounce “ㅡ” or “eu” like from the word 고르다??? :)))))))

  • Jham

    And a follow up question… How about in the words “내” and “네” how can i know the difference of each sound? Please help me… Sorry if I have lots of question… :)

  • Vergil

    this might be a really stupid question but can you say: -지 마주세요? or would you add 주세요 after the 마세요?

  • Ida Marlene

    Level 2 다 공부해요 ~
    Level 3 공불 거에요!
    현우 씨하고 경은 씨, 감사합니다 ^_^

    • Anna Le

      나도 Level 2 끝났어요 ^ㅂ^

  • Francesco Colléter

    걱정 하지 맛에요 !

  • 타얄리

    Can someone help me please???
    I thought that 마세요 is the present form of 말다 together with the Honorative Suffix 시, together 말시다 as a verb. But I can not find that anywhere… Is it wrong?

    • Seokjin Jin

      말시다 is a wrong expression. :)

  • Holger

    걱정지 마세요 is a cool ending of level 2 before a 시험…

  • Peter

    만약 서울에서 부산까지 가면, 비행기로 가지 마세요.
    비행기는 KTX보다 더 비싸요.

    • Seokjin Jin

      잘 썼어요! 비행기는 기차보다 훨씬 비싸죠.

    • Peter
  • Esat Armağan Kaymaz

    잔지 마세요,우리가 7시 15분에 갈 거예요.=don’t sleep,we’re going to go at 7.15 am .

  • Matt

    Don’t stop! Continue to level 3. = 멈추지 마세요! 3 레벨을 가세요.
    Don’t eat that. = 먹지 마세요.

    감사합니다 for the lesson!

    • Seokjin Jin

      3 레벨을 가세요. > 레벨 3으로 가세요

    • Matt

      Would the “-으로” here be implying the “direction” (towards level 3) the subject is going?

      감사합니다 for the corrections.

    • Seokjin Jin


      – 레벨 3으로 가세요.

      – 집으로 가세요.

      – 3층으로 가세요.

    • Matt


  • 너의 누나요!

    Hello, TTMIK!
    By “verb” do you also mean descriptive verbs?
    E.g 슬프지 마, 행복하지 마

    • Seokjin Jin

      슬프지 마 > 슬퍼하지마

      Yes. We regard 슬퍼하다, and 행복하자 as verbs.

    • 너의 누나요!

      So it’s lit. just “아/어/여 하지마”?

  • Phuong Nguyen

    먹을 거예요. 먹지 마세요.
    미국에 가지마세요, 너한테 기다릴 수 없어요.
    안되, 버리지 마세요. 저는 쓸 거예요.

    • JooyeonPark

      미국에 가지 마세요
      너를 기다릴 수 없어요.
      안돼, 버리지 마세요.

  • 나탈리아

    아직 이거 먹지 마세요! 더워요!
    Don’t eat this yet! It’s hot!

    자지 마세요! 아직 영화 안 끝냈어요.
    Don’t sleep! The movie didn’t finish yet.

    이상한 사람하고 말하지 마세요.
    Don’t talk with strangers.

    I’ve learned a lot in this level. 감사합니다!!