Level 3 Lesson 1 / too much or very / 너무

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Welcome to Level 3, everyone! And congratulations on finishing Level 1 and Level 2. In this lesson, we are introducing an expression that is very commonly used, and in two opposite meanings, too. The expression is 너무 [neo-mu] and it can be used to mean both “very” in positive sentences and “too much” in negative sentences. Listen in to learn more about how it is used!

If you have any questions, feel free to leave us comments! Thank you!

You can download a free PDF for this lesson here, or if you want to study with our TalkToMeInKorean textbooks, you can get them here. And after you learn the basics, try writing your own Korean sentences and get corrections from native speakers through HaruKorean, our 1:1 correction service.

  • http://koreansunflower.wordpress.com Mx


    아직 코멘트를 안 남겼어요. 그렇지만 level3부터 만히 코멘트를 남길 거예요. TTMIK 너무 좋아해요!

  • http://www.facebook.com/obama.the.llama Kahu

    제 이름은 카후 입니다 !!!!! i finally got to level three.

    i’m from New zealand 저는 뉴질랜드 사람 입니다


    • hansol

      wow! I’ve been Nz and I love Nz ~ nice meet you !

      and I think u should write 반갑습니다 not 반갑슴니다^^

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Hee-Lee/100002453367433 Hee Lee

    여러분 축하해요

    티티믹 너무 좋아요
    그리고 슈퍼주니어 너무 사랑해요
    지난 이주 동안 곰멘드는 너무 많이 남겼어요

    저는 예전보다 한곡어 공부를 너무 잘 해요 그래서 너무 감사합니다

    선상님들 , 정정해 주세요
    TTMIK I insanely like
    during last 2 weeks i leave manyyyyy comments
    i learn korean much better than before so really thank you

    and Super Junior i insanely love

    everyone , congratulation

    • http://twitter.com/jinseokjin jinseokjin

      한곡어 > 한국어

      곰멘드 > 커맨트 or 코맨트

  • Alex

    Thank you very much for your lessons! Listening to you is always funny and I love so much when Hyunwoo and Kyeongeun make jokes about each other :D You not only help me learn Korean, you also make me feel good, gamsahamnida! I’m already here at the level three and keep learning :D
    From Russia to Korea with love! <3

  • https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Dima-Bamieh-Portrait-Artist/174797302574171 Dima


    I learned this word from watching “My girlfriend is a gumiho” x)

    - 어늘 좋은 날씨, 그랜데 너무 바빠서 식당에 갈 수 없어요..
    (Today the weather is nice, but I’m too busy so I can’t go out to a restaurant)
    - 한국어 너무 좋아요, 그리고 TTMIK으랑 공부 하는 것은 너무 쉬어요 :)
    (I really like korean, and studying it is very easy with TTMIK)

    xD I hope they’re right!

    Kamsahamidaaaa ~!

    • http://twitter.com/jinseokjin jinseokjin

      어늘 좋은 날씨, 그랜데 > 오늘 날씨가 좋지만, or 오늘 날씨가 좋은데

      TTMIK으랑 공부 > TTMIK이랑 공부

      Thanks for your comment. Good job!

  • Dara

    안녕하세요! 이 사이트로 많이 듣었어요. TTMIK 너무 좋아요! 한식 진짜 맛있어요 그래서 다음 주말에 제 가족이 우리엄마의 생일에 한국 음식 먹을 거에요. 념념! 선생님 정말 감사합니다!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Hannah-Pinky-Gilbert/1248258380 Hannah Pinky Gilbert

    yeah! i got to level 3! 우와ㅏㅏㅏㅏㅏ! level 3 는 도착해요!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Faissal-Mouhandes/100000542920655 Faissal Mouhandes

    “I like the feeling of being german very much.”
    감각은 독일사람 있는곳 너무 좋아해요.

    i looked the words up in a dictionary. correct my sentence please! :)


    • http://twitter.com/jinseokjin jinseokjin


      I will translate it like this.
      “저는 독일 사람인 것처럼 있는 게 좋아요.”


    Dear Learners,

    Please keep in mind that the correct meaning of 너무 is “too much” or “excessively” and is always in a negative sense… It’s absolutely incorrect to use this word to mean “very” in any context, though many Korean native speakers continue to misuse this word every day.

    (It’s important to know this use of 너무 anyway, since most Koreans use this word in this way in everyday colloquial language, but just thought it’s also useful to be able to distinguish correct vs. incorrect use of language.)


    Concerned Korean Native Speaker

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ji-tros/100001615361656 Jiří Štros

      Languages evolve. I’m pretty sure your ancestors were trying to fight the very same language you’re now defending as “correct”. And the cycle goes on and on.

      It’s good to know what the rules say and to be aware of the history of the language but the rules will change eventually and what you’re now defending as “correct” will be forgotten.

      If noone ever “misused” the language, it couldn’t evolve and its form would probably be very inefficient to use in everyday life. Even if you’re fond of the current state of the Korean language, fighting its evolution seems sort of pointless to me… without the evolution, there wouldn’t be much to like in the first place!

      I’m saying this as someone who used to view the “misuse” of language in a similar way.

      Anyway, another lovely lesson and I’m so glad I made it to level 3 :)

    • SS

      Thank you so much for mentioning this! I feel like the usage of 너무 to mean very is akin to native English speakers using the word borrow when they should say lend. ^^

  • Lorainne

    Finally, Level 3. Can’t wait to get to Level 7, but learning a language takes some time.

    TTMIK하고 같이 한국어 공부하는것 너무 너무 재미있어요.
    I hope my sentence is correct. :)

    • Gregos

      Why everybody change 공부하다 into 공부하는 것? Not easier just remove 하다, and it will be same meaning?

      Except that, 같이 should be before 공부하는것 or 재미있어요, because its an adverb. Not sure where it’s better.

  • Gregos

    If you have too much time, the best way, is to spend it on studying Korean. :P
    시간을 너무 많이 있으시면, 한국어 공부에 보내는 게 제일 좋아요.

    • Gregos

      한국어 공부에 보내는 것이 제일 좋아요.

  • Hangoogeo

    TTMIK에서 처음이에요. 너무 좋아해요… ^^

  • Nadia

    TTMIK하고 같이 한국어 공부해 너무 춯아요 ^^

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sally-Lp/100001574193278 Sally Lp

    I will only use 너무for negative sentences :)

    Here my sentences:\
    1.방이 청소 안 해요?너무 더러워요 !
    2.이 기차가 너무 느려요.
    3.그 게임이 이겨요?너무 믿을 수 없어요!
    that’s all I can think of.생각할 수있는 것 전부에요.


    • http://twitter.com/jinseokjin jinseokjin

      방이 청소 안 해요? > 방을 청소 안 해요? or 방 청소 안해요?

      Yeah, the rest two sentences are correct. As you mentioned, 너무 is used for negative sentences but it is also used for positive sentences like 너무 좋아요.

      However, it can be confused, so I use 너무 in negative sentences.

  • http://facebook.com Larissa Salomon

    ..i think it is more effective if you right it

  • seungkre

    전크레안입니다! 너무 한국어배우고싶어요.

    선생님, 감사합니다!

  • http://Marcylittleninja@blogspot.com.au Marcylittleninja

    너무 Is forever drilled in my head. ^o^
    Your Lessons are great!
    Your Lessons are AWESOME~~~~<3
    너무 좋아요!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003407000366 Alireza

      This design is indbecirle! You most certainly know how to keep a reader amused. Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost HaHa!) Wonderful job. I really loved what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented it. Too cool!

  • Leyla

    TTMIK 덕분에 많히 공부했어요.
    너무 감사해요. 여러분수고했어요! ^^

  • http://la-methode-bio.tumblr.com Mel

    여기 너무 시끄러워요, 그래서 공부할 수 없어요

  • sis_cute

    안녕하세요 선생님!

    빅뱅은 너무 좋아요. ALIVE TOUR 너무 가고싶어요. 그런데 못해요.

    지금은 너무 바빠요. 나중에 만날 수 있어요?

  • Tim

    Hey I’m just wondering if there is a workbook for level 3 I’m having a hard time finding it!

    • Tim

      Nevermind… just had to scroll down. duh

  • Bayan

    이 거 너무 좋아요
    iam really happy for being in level three with yours
    my love to yours from iraq to korea

  • 지아나

    Can 너무 보고 싶어요 Also mean “I really want to see”? (I = inferred subject)

    In the PDF it says “너무 보고 싶어요 = I miss you/him/her/them so much” and I was curious about this.

    Because when I look at the sentence I see “너무 = really” & “보=(from 보다) to see” & “~~고 싶어요= want to”

  • WendyM

    Practice sentence:
    저는 노래를 듣고 있어요. 저는 슬픈 노래를 너무 좋아요.
    I am listening to a song. I really like sad songs.

  • Cynyee

    TTMIK 너무춯아요!

  • Beatrice

    오늘 날씨가 너무 좋아요.

    • http://twitter.com/jinseokjin jinseokjin

      지금 서울은 비가 와요. :)

  • Kevin Han

    지금 에일리를 듣고 있어요. 그녀는 너무 좋은 가수예요. 네? 아니오?

    저는 Audi A4 있어요. 너무 너무 예쁘고 빠려요. Zoom Zoom.

  • Jessie

    Hi! How can i say “I love you too much and it hurts’ in Korean?

  • hiba

    한국어가 공부하기 너무 좋아해요

    correct ?

    가사합니다 ^^

  • JUN

    오늘은 저는 너무 슬프고 걱정 되요!

    • JUN

      선생님들이 어제의 문제를 대답하고 해결하는 것이 기뻐했습니다. :) :)
      이제 좀 안심이 되네요. ^_^
      너무 기뻐요. :)
      감사합니다. :)
      화이팅 !!

  • Chris

    Why does that female host all the time have to be so subtly mean towards the guy? Come on, stop swimming against the flow all the time! He’s just trying to be nice but you keep throwing light jabs like there was no tomorrow. Maybe you find that amusing, or maybe you think we find it funny, but trust me the majority don’t like that kind of behavior. It might be fun the first few times, but it just turns too serious and quite secretly sour after a while. Please stop being like that, nobody likes it.

    • Kim Delosier

      I disagree, just my 2 cents. He teases her all the time, too, and they’re neomu cute together.

    • Seokjin Jin

      Actually, they are really close friends and they proceeded the lessons like that to make it fun. Anyway, it was a long time ago when we made the lesson. Time flies!