Level 4 Lesson 1 / The more … the more … / -면 -을수록

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안녕하세요! Welcome to Level 4!

In this lesson, we look at how to say “the more [A], the more [B]” in Korean. The key expression/verb ending we will be using is “을수록”.

Listen in to learn how to use it, and be sure to practice with us through comments!

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.

  • WendyM

    Practice sentence
    저는 한국어 배울수록 책을 읽고 있는 쉬워질 것 같아요. 그래… 가끔씩 어렵는데 저는 천천히 좋아지고 있어요. 선생님…. 어때요?

    It think the more I learn Korean the easier will be to reading books. Indeed…sometimes its difficult but I am slowly getting better. Teacher…What do you think?

    • http://twitter.com/jinseokjin jinseokjin

      Hi WendyM,

      잘 쓰셨는데, 몇 군데만 제가 고쳐 볼게요.

      저는 한국어 배울수록 책을 읽고 있는 쉬워질 것 같아요.
      > 저는 한국어를 배울수록 책을 읽는 게 쉬워질 것 같아요.

      그래… 가끔씩 어렵는데 저는 천천히 좋아지고 있어요. 선생님…. 어때요?
      > 사실… 가끔씩은 어려운데 천천히 좋아지고 있어요. 선생님.. 어떻게 생각해요?

  • WendyM

    석진 씨, 감사합나다!

    정말 한국어를 좋아해요. 저는 지금 “사실”을 신규 단어를 알고 있다.
    근데 제가 ” marking particles”라는 것을 잊었어요. 그럴 리가 없어요!
    선생님은 문장을 고치는 것을 고마워요.

  • Marjoriza Park

    Is this correct? –>

    “난 너를 사랑할수록 나의 마음이 아파요. ”

    Thank you. :)

    • http://twitter.com/jinseokjin jinseokjin

      Hi Marjoriza Park,

      Yes, it makes sense, but casual words and formal words are mix in a sentence.
      Let me adjust your sentence into casual form and formal form.

      Formal form.
      저는 당신을 사랑할수록 마음이 아파요.

      Casual form,
      난 너를 사랑할수록 마음이 아파.

  • Ana

    Are these sentences correct?
    1.몸에 좋은 음식 먹을수록 건강해요.
    2.산은 높을수록 등산하기 어려워요.

    Thanks for the awesome lesson!

    • http://twitter.com/jinseokjin jinseokjin

      몸에 좋은 음식 먹을수록 건강해요.
      > it was very close. 건강해요 > 건강해져요.
      > 몸에 좋은 음식 먹을수록 건강해져요.

      산은 높을수록 등산하기 어려워요.
      > Perfect!

    • Ana

      석진 씨, 감사합니다!

  • Claira

    재미있일수록 가고 싶어요. (The more interesting it is, the more I want to go.)

    맛있을수록 많이 먹고 싶어요. (The more delicious it is, the more I want to eat.)

    행복할수록 저 좋아해요. (The happier he is, the more I like it.)

    귀엽있을수록 잘 팔아요, (The cuter it is, the better it sells.)

    빨를수록 어렵은 잡아요. (The faster it is, the more difficult to catch.)

    사람이 많을수록 빨른 팔아요. (The more people there are, the faster it sells.)

    감사합니다! :)

    • http://twitter.com/jinseokjin jinseokjin

      재미있일수록 가고 싶어요.
      > 재미있을수록 가고 싶어요.

      귀엽있을수록 잘 팔아요,
      > 귀여울수록 잘 팔려요.

      빨를수록 어렵은 잡아요.
      > 빠를수록 잡기 어려워요.

      사람이 많을수록 빨른 팔아요.
      > 사람이 많을수록 빨리 팔려요.

  • Doma

    I’m just curious if there will be workbook for level 4?

    레벨 4 통합 문서가있을 경우 그냥 궁금 해서요?

  • Dace

    Don’t know if these senteces are correct but i tried :)

    학교에 자주 올수록 배워요.
    책을 많이 읽을수록 똑똑해요.
    수학 숙제 할수록 종이 필요해요.

  • ZhangZhen

    Olivia keeps getting more pretty.


    I will practice this one to get used to it but I did my best with this sentence :)

    • http://twitter.com/jinseokjin jinseokjin

      > 올리비아 씨는 갈수록 예뻐져요.

      Thanks for your comment. :)

  • Kevin Han

    에일리 목소리를 들을수록 더 좋아해요.
    한국어 배울수록 헷갈려요. ㅋㅋㅋ
    소주를 마실수록 아침에 일아날 때 머리 더 아플 거예요.
    한국 드라마를 볼수록 미국 드라마를 싫어요.

  • Kia Kitajima

    I am still not sure about using 을스로 v.s 만다.
    Are 을스로 and 만다. interchangeable in a single sentence?

    I want to be able to use this form properly.

  • Maria

    Thank so much teacher for the lesson again ^^
    I want know if this phrases are right:
    After the accident, Mina keep getting stranger.
    사고 뒤에 미나씨 갈수록 이상해요.
    The more sleepy I getting, the more I want to give up.
    졸려 갈수록 포기하고 싶어요.
    The more you talk alone, the more strange you are.
    혼자 말할수록 이상해요.

    Thank you so much for your time.

  • Setia

    i am a girl from Iran who loves to learn korean but i can not dowload pdfs because of the sanctions(i have to be a premium member but i can not)
    what should I do? :(

  • http://nus.edu.sg JUN

    매일마다 한국어를 공부할수록 더 잘 할 수 있을 거예요!! :)

  • Debbie

    What’s the difference between 갈수록 and 점점?

  • Whispurr

    한국어를 배울수록 재미 있어요.

    • Seokjin Jin

      재미 있어요. > 재미있어요.

      No spacing before 있어요. :)

    • Whispurr

      석진 씨 , always 정말 감사합니다~ :-)

  • 莙頤

    TalkToMeInKorean에 열심히 공부하면 공부할수록 한국어를 잘 할 거에요

  • zorro74

    just a question for the last example: what’s the difference between ‘재미있는 사람일수록 인기가 많아요’ and ‘사람이 재미있을수록 인기가 많아요’ ?

    • Seokjin Jin

      Well, I think the meanings of the two sentences are almost same. The nuance of the first sentence is like “a fun person is popular” and the second one sounds like “If a person has a sense of fun (humor), the person will be popular.”

    • zorro74

      er… Don’t be angry with me, pls :) Last night I had some shortcircuit in my brain and for a (too long) second I thought that 재미있는 is equal to 저는… 창피해 ㅠㅡㅠ

      Meanwhile I asked other Korean fellows about this and they said almost the same as you, so I guess it won’t be hurt if sometimes I try construct Korean sentences with Hungarian grammar (as I did with the second sentence)…

    • Seokjin Jin

      I am not angry. Don’t worry. :)

  • gaixixon

    한국어 공부할수록 더 재미있어요..

  • Winnie Zambo

    성장할수록 생명이복잡해요

    • Seokjin Jin

      In this context, it will be better to say “성장할수록 인생이 복잡해져요.”

      생명 is often used as a biological term meaning “life”.

    • Winnie Zambo

      Thanks! I wasn’t sure if my sentence was correct or not.

  • FrökenJ

    I tried to download the mp3 but it doesn’t work… Does the download button work?

    • Seokjin Jin

      Yes, it works well. I just checked it. Please click the button in the Download box.

  • Cicilia

    Hi, TTMIK team,
    I have a question regarding the following examples that are used in the PDF.
    학생일수록 책을 많이 읽어야 돼요
    재미있는 사람일수록 좋아요

    The structure is -을수록 but in those sentences above, after the word 학생 and 사람, you used 일 instead of 을.
    Does it mean that 일 will be used after the noun?
    And can you explain where does the “이” part come from?

    Thank you

    • samah

      hello …

      이 is the verb stem of the verb to be 이다 (is ,are ,i’m).. we can say 학생이에요.. i’m/she/he/it.. student

      which in this case we add ㄹ수록 after 이 so it become 일수록… ^__^

  • samah


    Can i say ((갈수록 보고 싶어요)) ??

    (( i keep missing you ))??

    and i have question doesn’t (SELL) >>>((팔다)) in Korean ???
    and it became 팔아요 ?? so what is (( 팔려요)) ?? i did’t get it please help me out ..제발요!!!

    • Colton Hennick

      팔려요 is from a different verb
      팔다 – sell
      팔리다 – to be in demand, to be sold

      When conjugated 팔리다 -> 팔려요

    • samah

      Thanks … ^__^ .. finally someone answer me

  • Tess

    Hello, I’m just starting to learn korean so I’m trying to catch up but I think I found a mistake in the pdf file (i don’t know for certain) but in the conjugation examples, you use: to be expensive and to be busy. The romanization for to be busy is and to be expensive is the same in the pdf but the hangul is definitly different. ( Is this a mistake or did I read it wrong?) I just wanted to point it out. Thanks a lot for the lessons and all the work you put into TTMIK :D

    • http://ask.fm/HoneyCrunch321 Jham

      I read it too… it’s just a typographical error :)

  • Eric Victor

    석진선생님과 여기있는 사람모두 갈수록 착해요!! Am I right ? Am I right? (worried) xD

    • Seokjin Jin

      Haha well, it is not grammatically wrong, but I personally don’t often use that expression with 착하다. Because it sounds like they were not nice before. hehe

    • Eric Victor

      :) . 감사합니다 선생님. I really didn’t know that. 죄송합니다 . ^_^

  • yoyoy

    손님이 많을수록 요리해야 돼요! 근데, 안 오면, 어떡해요?

    • Seokjin Jin

      손님이 안 올수록 한가해지고 결국엔 식당이 망하겠죠. ㅠ..ㅠ

  • http://ask.fm/HoneyCrunch321 Jham

    Yippee!!! I started Level 4 today!!! :D Thanks TTMIK Team!!! :D

  • Jae Kyeong

    집은 클수록 많이 비싸요. The bigger the house, the more expensive.

  • Alex Peng

    저는 갈수록 한국에서 잘 살아요. 감사합니다.^^

  • Francesco Colléter

    갈수록 안국애 가고앂어요.

  • Ryan

    what does 돼요 mean? i saw this used at the end of a sentence

  • Anh Phan

    How to use 어둡다 with 으면. I’m confused what is the suffix. Is it 으 or ㅁ. Thanks

    • behindtheblack

      어두우 + 면 -> 어두우면
      that’s a weird one :P

  • Jo A

    이상있는 사람일수록, 아직 좋아요?

  • 경은씨의 목소리는 정말 좋네욬ㅋㅋㅋㅋ 귀엽고 이뽕!

  • 한국어 더 배우면 배울수록 한국에 가고 싶다~