Level 4 Lesson 12 / to try doing something / -아/어/여 보다, 해 보다

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In this lesson, we are looking at how to say “to try doing” something in Korean. The structure that you can use to say this in Korean is -아/어/여 보다. The original meaning of “보다” is, as you know, “to see”. Listen in to find out how this is used in natural context and practice by making your own sentences in Korean in the comment!

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.

  • Kevin Han

    서울에서 일 찾아 볼 거예요.

  • JUN

    언제든지 질문이 있으면 언제나 선생님한테서 물어보세요.
    아니면 친구한테서 먼저 물어봐요.

  • Tiptop

    Before I speak Korean, I will try to write it.
    전에 한국말 하서 제가 한국어를 써 볼게요.

    I should try and study more.
    제가 더 공부하 보야 되요.

    • http://uskorea.wordpress.com Tiffany Tripp

      Before I speak Korean, I will try to write it. -> 한국 말하기 전에 제가 한국어를 써 볼게요.

      Right? –> 맞아요?

      You did really well you just mixed up some stuff. My Korean isn’t perfect either, I just noticed these few things in your sentences… ^^

  • Dolsanria

    거짓말을 해 봐. 너를 죽일 거야!
    Try lying to me and I’ll kill you.

    Hehe. I think I was influenced a lot by Korean dramas :D

  • Whispurr

    회를 먹어 봐서, 의외로 맛있네요!

  • Yulika Kuzma

    Is it possible to say at the end of this lesson:

    코멘트를 남겨 볼 거죠?^^

    • Seokjin Jin

      Great! 코멘트를 남겨 주셔서 고마워요!

  • Eric Victor

    이건 정말 맛있어요. 한번 먹어봐요.
    Am I right? Please correct me if I am wrong. 감사합니다.

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  • Francesco Colléter

    저는 누구안태 모욕엤어써요 그리고 제 남동생을 아라볼써요. 그리고 재가 말엤어요 “걱종하지마세요, 게가 지키요벍아요 !”
    I saw someone being insulted and recognized my little brother, so i told him (my brother), “don’t worry i’ll keep an eye on you!”

  • John R

    어제 제가 자봤어요 그러나 못 잤어요. Last night, I tried to sleep. But I couldn’t fall asleep.



    • Seokjin Jin

      어제 자려고 했었는데, 못 잤어요.


    • John R

      Aaaah, man. I was really off on that one.


  • 세실리아

    김치 먹어 봐요… it translate to Look eat kimchi… but what I want to say is Try to eat some kimchi…

    김치 먹어 봐요. is this right???

    • 디코드

      김치 먹어 봐요 or 김치 먹어 보세요

  • 디코드

    I heard you said, 시작해 볼까요? = Shall we start?
    Can I say: 시작할까요?