Level 2 Lesson 6 / but, however / 그렇지만, 그런데

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In this TalkToMeInKorean lesson, we are introducing two more conjunctive words, 그렇지만 [geu-reo-chi-man] and 그런데 [geu-reon-de]. 그렇지만 and 그런데 both mean “but” but 그런데 has a wider range of meanings. Listen in to find out what these two words mean and how they are used!

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Talk To Me In Korean – Level 2 Lesson 6 by TalkToMeInKorean

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  • yourippehdees

    한국음식을 먹고십어요 그런데 레스토랑이 너무말리 예요 – Ok, that’s probably terrible, but I’m trying to say “I want to eat Korean food, but the restaurant is too far away.”

  • Cherubiel Cherub

    저는 2시간 반 공항에서 기다렸어요 그런데 우리 친구를 아직도 안 도착했어요.
    I waited at the airport for 2 hours and my friend still didn’t arrived yet.

    오늘 저 과자가게에서 사탕을 많이 샀어요 그렇지만 남동생이 다 먹었어요
    I bought candy at the candy store today but my brother ate it all.

  • Dean Paris

    졸려서 자고 싶어요. so 서 in 졸려서 has the function of therefore, i am sleepy, therefore i want to sleep, just like 그래서.. or not?

  • Dave

    졸렸어 자고싶어요. 그런대 네일 시험이에요

    • Seokjin Jin

      졸렸어 자고싶어요. 그런대 네일 시험이에요
      > 졸려서 자고 싶어요. 그런데 내일 시험이에요.

    • Carlos skHard

      why do you use the verb “이다” instead of 있다.I would say “tomorrow there is an exam” But with I 이다 understand “Tomorrow is an exam”.Why is this?

    • http://facebook.com/peekaboozee Summer Lim

      I have the same question as Carlo skHard~ Seokjin ssi 대답 하세요~

  • carolinacalle_

    So guys it’s okay if unstead of “어제 이거 샀어요 그런데 정말 커요” I say “어제 이거 샀어요 그리고 정말 커요” ??

    • Seokjin Jin

      Yes. You can also say that.

    • carolinacalle_

      Thanks ^^

  • Anita

    진석진선생님, 감사합니다!

  • Anu

    In the quiz sentence why is there a subject marker after “ne-il” ?

  • Kaye Razelle

    i didnt catch the first part so i might be wrong or incomplete but here’s my answer “i am sleepy but i have an exam tomorrow”

  • Estelle

    I feel sleepy, I want to sleep but there is a test tomorrow.

  • Cee

    Is it ‘졸려서 자고 싶어요. 그런데 내일은 시험이에요.’? Which meant ‘I’m sleepy so I feel like sleeping, but exam’s tomorrow.’?

  • Shhaseena25

    I feel sleepy and i want to sleep but i have an exam tomorrow

  • Steve

    저는 한국어가 공부해요 그래서 연습 필요해요 I learn Korean so I need to practise. It it right the way i said it?

  • Fabrício Ferreira

    Does the ㅎ+ㅈ make the pronunciation of 그렇지만 “그러치만”?

    • Fat Choy

      I think it sounds like 그럳지만 keu-leod-ji-man instead

    • Janna

      Yes it does. It’s one of the rules under Korean pronunciation. I wouldn’t exactly call it a rule but it’s because they are pronouncing the ㅎ thats why it sounds like 치 rather than 지

  • Ramses (람세스)

    졸려서 자고 싶어요 그런데 내일 시험이에요 – I’m sleepy and want to sleep but I have a test tomorrow
    Is that the sentence?

    • Seokjin Jin

      Yes, it is. :)

  • Summer Lim

    어제 학교에 갔어요. 그런데 금요일이었어요!

    using 그런데 here does it indirectly sound like I’m glad it was friday yesterday even though I had to go to school?