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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  • nee

    i am sleepy but i have an exam tomorrow..is dis the answer for lesson 6 level 2…

  • Gem

    졸려서 자고싶어요. 그런데 내일이 시험이에요.
    “I’m sleepy and I want to sleep. But I have a test tomorrow.”

  • Suga Swag

    졸려서 자고 싶어요. 그런데 내일 시험이에요. (I’m sleepy and I want to sleep. But I have a test tomorrow.)

    It took me a while to get what she said. I did understand it in the first lesson, but everything I heard wasn’t clear. I really like these quizzes~

    감사합니다!

  • Identification

    I met so many times expression in past like 일요일이었어요 . In present “Isso-yo” has to transform intro “isso-sso-yo”. Why is it o-sso-yo? not i-sso-sso-yo?

    • arti

      You are being confused with the words, 이다 and 있다.

      Present tense of 있다 (to have) = 있어요
      Past tense of 있다 (to have) = 있어서요.

      Present tense of 이다 (to be) = 예요/이에요.
      Past tense of 이다 (to be) = 이었어요.

  • Justin

    I almost understood all of the quiz sentences, but I got lost in the middle of the second sentence. Does anyone have any tips or techniques to improve listening comprehension? Thank you!

  • Harvey Rivas Potot

    퀴즈: 졸려서 자고 싶어요. 그런데 내일이 시험이에요.
    만든 예문: 오늘 한국말을 많이 공부하고 싶어요. 그런데 눈이랑 머리가 진짜 아파요. 어떡해야 하죠? ㅋㅋ

  • Maria

    배고파요. 그런대 음식 없어요. (I’m hungry, but there’s no food.)

    감사합니다

  • Minhi Winkempleck

    저는 친구가 없어요. 그런데 고양이를 있어요. >^.^<

    • ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ 나도.

  • Justin

    안녕하세요! I completed this lesson some time ago and have been trying to incorporate 그런데 into my writing practice. However, when I send my Korean paragraphs to my Korean friend for feedback she always changes it to 하지만. What is the difference between 그런데 and 하지만?

  • 피자 요리고 싶어요. 그런데 치즈 없어요. (I want to cook pizza, but I don’t have cheese.)
    친구랑 같이 영화 봤어요. 그렇지만 무서워요. (I saw a movie with a friend, but it was scary.)

    감사합니다! Trying to memorize all the conjuctive words are a little confusing, but I’m trying!

  • Marc

    Sorry but these sample sentences are annoying. I drink too much and I want late to bed but I feel fine? Sounds so typical student like behaviour, and then bragging about it. And last time we had people saying they fell asleep in the class room… Give me a break!