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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  • 이슬나다

    졸려서 자고 싶어요, 그런데 내일 시험 이에요I’m sleepy so I want to sleep, but I have a test tomorrow

  • https://www.facebook.com/kristinejoy.catan.7 Kristine Joy Catan

    졸려서 자고 싶어요. 그런데 내일에 시험이에요.
    I want to sleep because I’m sleepy. But I have an exam tomorrow.
    Is it correct 선생님?

  • eman

    i understood the meaning of the sentence
    but i couldn’t write the exact sentence ):
    thank you soo much

  • 나하린

    Thank for very great lessons! I’m really enjoy learning Korean.
    I love you all ^^
    Good job! Fighting!!!
    P.s. I’m 현우 오빠 fan.

  • Ninja Queen

    “I’m tired and I want to sleep, but I have a test tomorrow.” I think is what she said.

    • Seokjin Jin

      Correct! 잘 했어요!

  • Karin Gustafsson

    Is this the sentence? 졸려서 자고 싶어요. 그런데 내일에 시험이에요.
    But why do you put 서 after 졸려?

    • Seokjin Jin

      It is the short from of 졸려요 그래서. It will be helpful if you check the lesson below:


    • Karin Gustafsson

      Thank you! :)

    • Loïc Laccomoff Faes

      Thank you Seongsengnim, but the contracted form and how to make it doesn’t appear in this lesson (the one you’re mentioning of course), right? It’s not in the pdf either.
      I thank you in advance for clarify that for everybody.
      Have a nice day ~

    • Loïc Laccomoff Faes

      In my humble opinion,

      ” I am tired, therefore, I want to go to sleep,
      the thing is, there’s an exam tomorrow”

      would be the most appropriate translation

      Thank you ~

    • 김한나

      interesting! I understand this as 졸려so자고싶어요.

      isn’t this a nice coincidence?!

  • Houyam

    an-nyeong-ha-se-yo teacher 석진 and 감사합니다
    you’re doing a GREAT job ^^

  • Lindsey

    Please let me know if this sentence is okay, thank yoouuuu!~

    저는 학교가 안좋아해요. 그렇짐만 매일는 스압이 가르칠가예요.

  • Sierra Schreiber

    선생님 안녕하세요!
    So I was a little confused because 그런데 can sometimes mean “and.” In the example given (어제 이거 샀어요. 그런데 정말 커요), I was wondering if 그리고 could also have been used? What is the difference between 그런데 and 그리고 when they mean “and”?
    Oh, and I thought “big” was spelled 크다.. Are 커다 and 크다 two different words and if so, what is the difference in meaning between the two?
    Again, 감사합니다!!!!!

    • http://twitter.com/jetz531 jetz

      “Oh, and I thought “big” was spelled 크다.. Are 커다 and 크다 two different words and if so, what is the difference in meaning between the two?”

      크다 is the dictionary form of the word. It becomes 커요 (크 + 어요 = 커요, refer to Level 1 Lesson 16) if you conjugate it into its present – polite informal form.

  • Aigerim Nussupova

    Well I heard 절렀어 하고 싶어요 그런데 내이리 시함이에요

    • Seokjin Jin

      Nice try but it was close.

      졸려서 자고 싶어요, 그런데 내일이 시험이에요.

    • Aigerim Nussupova

      감사합니다 선생님. 더 해볼 거예요 ^ ^

    • Seokjin Jin

      좋아요!! 앞으로 한국어 더 잘 쓸 수 있을 거예요.

      해볼 거예요 > 해 볼 거예요

    • Aigerim Nussupova

      네 바라요

  • Joan C

    [Extra practice… Thank you for the lesson!]
    I need a break, but I have too much work.
    저는 휴일이 필요 해요. 그런데 할일이 너무 많아요.

    I want to buy this, but I don’t have much money.
    이거 사고 싶어요. 그런데 돈이 별요 없어요.

  • Яєї クイン

    ”am sleepy I want to sleep ! But I have exam tomorrow T^T ” ~ that’s what she said x3

    • Seokjin Jin


  • Ashley Heil

    in this sample sentence: 저는 매일 운동을 해요. 그런데 살이 빠지지 않아요 why is ji ji repeated twice? I know sa ra pa ji da is the verb to lose weight, but I don’t see why there would be another “ji” in there. Could you help me?

    • Sorcha

      The second “ji” is part of the negation. One method of making a verb negative is to remove the 다 from the end of the verb and then add 지 않다 ( which becomes 지 안아요 in the present tense). So, in the case of 살이 빠지다 removing the 다 gives us 살이 빠지, then when we add the negative ending it becomes 살이 빠지지 않다 which, in the present tense is 살이 빠지지 않아요.
      I hope that answered your question and sorry for the long-winded explanation. It’s explained in level one lesson 21 if you want more examples.

  • June Law

    I want to sleep because I’m sleepy. But I have a test tomorrow :(

  • 소피

    쉬고싶어요. 그렇지만, 지금 일해요.
    I want to rest, but I’m working right now.

  • http://yeuki.tumblr.com abeer

    현우 쌤 완전 팬입니다 ㅋㅋ 그런대 경은 쌤 도 좋아해요 ❤️❤️☺️

  • LiHan

    A question about the 예문 : 어제 학교에 갔어요. 그런데 일요일이었어요.
    I don’t quite get the idea of the 일요일”이었어요” part.
    Is 이 the subject marking particle and 었어요 the past tense of 있다?

  • Paula Cho

    기는 하지만 and -기는-지만 are these two similar to 그렇지만 and 그런데?
    I’m so confused someone please explain to me?감사합니다……

  • LiHan

    Hi~I have a question about the 예문: 어제 학교에 갔어요. 그런데 일요일이었어요.
    I’m not quite sure of this part 일요일”이었어요”.
    Is the 이 the subject marking particle and how about 었어요, what’s its original form?

    • Muslim Lady

      Sorry if I am intruding, but since no one answered this, I thought I should share what I’ve learned about this. From what I’ve learned, this is the “past tense” form of the verb: “이다” (to be).
      이(다) + 었어요 = 이었어요 (was / were) > it takes this form when the word before it ends with a consonant.

    • LiHan

      Thank you so much! Now I get it:)

    • Muslim Lady

      You are welcome. I am glad I was able to help.

  • Jo A

    졸렸어 자고 싶어요, 그런데 내일이 시험일이에요. ?

  • Jesse Munoz

    안녕하세요! i don’t really know how to ask questions since i suck at asking them, but i was wondering if this is correct:
    한국에 가고싶어요. 그런데 내가 먼저 돈을 저축해야.
    thank you! 감사합니다!

  • http://www.pandasigns.ca Momoy

    “I’m sleepy and I want to go to bed, but I have a test tomorrow” :3

  • maga

    우체국에 갔어요.그렇지만 닫혔어요.
    It should mean: I went to the post office, but it was closed.

    • Seokjin Jin

      Correct. :)

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  • Nick Desmond

    Can anyone check if I’ve dictated 예문 correctly?

    1. 어제 과음했어요. 그런데 말짱해요.
    2. 어제 밤 늦게 잤어요. 그런데 전혀 피곤 안 해요.
    3. 저는 매일 운동을 해요. 그런데 살이 빠지지 않아요.
    4. 어제 까지는 친구 였어요. 그런데 오늘 부터는 애인 이에요.
    5. 저는 친구 없어요. 그런데 왕따는 안이에요.

    고맙습니다 선생님들~~ 좋은 하루 보냈어요. 요즘은 서울하고 인천이 너무 추워서 감기 조심!

    • Seokjin Jin

      저는 친구 없어요. 그런데 왕따는 안이에요. >> 저는 친구 없어요. 그런데 왕따는 아니에요.

      어제 밤 늦게 잤어요. 그런데 전혀 피곤 안 해요. > 어제 밤 늦게 잤어요. 그런데 전혀 피곤하지 않아요.