Level 3 Lesson 20 / even if, even though / -아/어/여도

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In this lesson, we are going to learn how to combine two sentences and say “even if” or “even though” using -아도, -어도, or -여도. These verb endings are similar to the conjunction 그래도 in meaning, by using these endings, you can make compound sentences.

Listen in to check out sample sentences as well, and if you have any questions, please feel free to leave us comments! 감사합니다.

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  • Matt

    => Accidentally posted Lesson 19 comment here. And it won’t let me delete it. So I will just keep this comment here and edit it once I finish lesson 20.

  • Esat Armağan Kaymaz

    나는 피곤해도 책을 읽을 거에요.
    Even if I’m tired, I will read the book.

  • Lisa

    돈이 없어도 한국에 갈 거에요

    • JooyeonPark

      오세요! 🙂

  • Truuske

    한국어 열심히 공부해도 아직 한국어 조금 밖에 못 해요.. 그래서 TTMIK에서 더 열심히 공부해야 될 것 같아요..

    • JooyeonPark

      Cooool 🙂
      Keep it up!

  • César Duarte

    돈을 절약해도, 한국에 갈 거예요.

  • Peter

    저는 지금 배고파도, 집에 가기 전에 안 먹을 거예요.
    Even though I’m hungry now, I won’t eat before I go home.

    돈이 없어도 비싼 핸드폰을 사고 싶어요.
    Even though I don’t have any money, I want to buy an expensive mobile phone.

  • 산티아고

    한국어는 어려워도, 공부 하고 있어요.
    Even though Korean is difficult I am studying it.

    돈는 없어도, 한국에 갈 거예요.
    Even though I have no money, I will go to Korea.

    • Salma


  • Jasmyne Trimble

    What’s the difference between 아/어/여도 and 더라도?

  • Katie Garcia

    비가 와도, 금문교에 사람 많이 있어요.
    Even though it’s raining, there are a lot of people at the Golden Gate Bridge.

  • Sanjeeda Masroor

    1) Even if I do the homework, I will be punished
    -숙제를 해도 저를 처벌 거예요

    2)Even if it rains, I will play soccer
    -비가 와도 축구를 놀 거예요

    3)Even if I don’t have money, someday I’ll be rich
    -지금 돈이 없어도, 언젱가 저도 풍분한을 거예요

    I wonder if these sentences are correct. But somewhere it feels wrong to me.

    • Thomas Osekowsky

      1) 숙제를 해도 제가 처벌을 받을 거예요. (to get punished = 처벌을 받다)

      2) 비가 와도 축구를 할 거예요. (to play soccer = 축구를 하다)

      3) 지금 돈이 없어도, 언젠가에 부자가 될 거에요. (to become rich = 부자가 돼다)

  • Dania Freih

    바빠도 한국어 매일 공부해요.
    비가 와도 제가 갈 거예요.

  • Salma

    바빠도 코멘트를 남겨 줄 거예요

  • Kamil Demočko

    Hi guys.
    I wonder, what is the difference between this grammar and the [stem]지만.
    For example: 여자는 예뻐도 그 여자 옆에 있고 싶지 않아요. and 여자는 예쁘지만 그 여자 옆에 있고 싶지 않아요.
    Thank you.

    • JooyeonPark

      I would translate ‘지만’ to ‘but, however’ and ‘-아/어/여도’ to ‘even though’.
      Hope this helps! 🙂

  • Deepest Nightmare

    바빠도 한국어를 공부하고 있어요. 지금 진짜 항복해요! TTMIK, 고마워요!

    • JooyeonPark

      와! 감사합니다. 화이팅! 🙂

  • yourippehdees

    커피를 마셨어도 자고십어요
    Even though I drank coffee, I want to sleep.

    날시가 좋아도 영화 바기 집에 이을 거예요
    Even though the weather is nice I’m going to stay at home watching movies.

    어둠에 잠겨도 걱정 하지마세요. X선 시력이로 발 수 있어요.
    Even if it’s  dark, don’t  worry. I can see with my x-ray vision.

    밥을 마니 주문 했어도 별로 언 먹었어요.
    Even though I ordered a lot of food, I didn’t  eat very much.