Level 4 Lesson 16 / Spacing in Korean / 띄어쓰기

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So far we have looked at various grammar points in Korean, and now we feel that it is the right time to touch upon spacing rules in Korean. In English, different words are basically all written separately, but in Korean, there are some cases in which words are written without space between them. Listen in to find out about the basic spacing rules in Korean!



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.


  • Danika

    Kyeong Eun sounds SO cute agreeing and saying stuff :) I did not know that it was called 띄어쓰기 I was like running writing O_o? and then i realized they were totally different words. gosh! thanks for the video ^^

    • http://twitter.com/siesta87 Hyojin An

      Hello Danika!
      Glad you enjoyed the lesson :)

  • http://twitter.com/_sherman sherman

    I’ve always always wondered about this.
    이제 이해할 수 있어요.
    감사합니다! :)

    • http://twitter.com/siesta87 Hyojin An

      안녕하세요, Sherman!
      재미있게 들어 주셔서 감사합니다:)

  • 선생님들께

    이 잘 설명 주셔서 감사합니다.
    내일은 금요일입니다.
    주말이 오고 있어요.
    멋진 시간을 보내세요.^.^

    • http://twitter.com/siesta87 Hyojin An

      안녕하세요, 준 :)
      주말 잘 보내세요^^

  • quote: 조용히 걷다 = to walk quietly.

    what if 조용하게 걷다 = ?

    • Caddie

      I guess ” 조용히 걷다 ” and ” 조용하게 걷다 ” are same. ^0^ Not sure it’s right or not. ㅋㅋㅋ… 선생님들이 가르쳐주세요. ^_^

    • http://www.youtube.com/sohyonlee Sonnie

      네 Caddie 씨 감사합니다.
      하게 and 이/히 are NOT ALWAYS same^^

      according to vocabs..those are different.
      but.. here 조용히 and 조용하게 are exactly same^^

    • 소연 선생님, can u give more examples?

  • rigo

    very interesting topic
    i sometimes have difficulty telling words apart , not sure when a words starts or ends
    i find japanese a little easier just by looking at the combination of kanji and hiragana
    i guess that once you get to know a lot a words it becomes easier to figure it out

    • http://ttmik.com Sonnie

      thanks for giving us yr opinion^^ how about think like this?
      Korean sentence have definite space which is called 띄어쓰기.
      That helps us to understand sentences effectively, I think.
      ^^

  • Andy

    Woohoo! I started at Lesson 1.1 a couple months ago, and today I’ve finally caught up. Thanks to all of you at TTMiK. Korean is considered a really difficult language for an English speaker, but you guys explain things really well and I find it quite easy.

    • http://ttmik.com Sonnie

      I’m glad you’ve finally caught up all these lessons. for just a month!
      and thanks for saying thank us :D
      화이팅!

  • wintergreen

    선생님들 안녕하세요!

    띄어쓰기는 어떻게 해야 하는지 자세하게 설명해 주셔서 감사합니다! ^^

    좋은 하루 되세요. ^_^

  • Caddie

    오늘 주제는 진짜 재미있어요! ^_^

    한국어로 띄어쓰기가 이렇게 중요하군요.^0^ 전 중국어도 알아요.중국어 문장에서 띄어쓰기는 없는데 쉽게 이해하는 것 같아요, 중국어를 알면. ㅋㅋㅋ경은 씨가 일본어도 배웠었어요? 저도 일본어를 관심있어요.일본어를 가르쳐주시는 웹사이트가 있는지 몰라요.ㅎㅎㅎ ^_^

    • http://ttmik.com Sonnie

      와- caddie씨의 한국어는 정말 어메이징!^^
      just one tiny correction!

      I’m intersted in sth. -에 관심있다.
      I’m interested in Japanese. 저는 일본어에 관심있어요.
      I’m also interested in Japanese. 저도 일본어에 관심있어요.^^
      I’m sure that you understand what I mean^^

    • Caddie

      Sonnie 씨가 문장을 고쳐주셔서 감사합니다. ^_^

      네,Sonnie 씨의 설명을 제가 잘 이해할 수 있어요. ㅎㅎㅎ ^_^

  • Samier

    안녕하세요 TTMIK

    So cool! I had to figure most of the spacing structure by observing sentences I saw on the internet ^^;; This lesson made it very clear :D

    감사합니다
    사미르

    • http://twitter.com/jinseokjin jinseokjin

      Thank you for enjoying the lesson and I am pleased to know it helped you. 도움이 되었다니 기뻐요.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Edmund-Chia/752863040 Edmund Chia

    여러문, 안녕하세요! Have been listening to all your lessons for quite a long time, this is my first comment, haha like finally.. 저는 영어로 ‘애드먼드’ 라고해요.. 그리고, 싱아퍼르에서 살고 대학생입니다.. :)

    레슨들은 가르쳐 주셔서 선생님들에게 정말 감사합니다! ㅎㅎ, hope my spacing was correct.. ^^

    • http://twitter.com/jinseokjin jinseokjin

      싱아퍼르에서 살고 대학생입니다.. :)
      > 싱가포르에서 살고 있는 대학생입니다.

      레슨들은 가르쳐 주셔서 선생님들에게 정말 감사합니다!\
      >레슨들을 가르쳐 주셔서 (선생님들에게) 정말 감사합니다.

      Your spacing is really good. Good job!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Curtis-Couch/223802794 Curtis Couch

    안 녕하 세요! (농담해요)

    • http://twitter.com/jinseokjin jinseokjin

      안녕하세요 ^^

  • Adam

    Hi there! Your lessons are BRILLIANT, and I will never get tired of your podcasts or the information they bring! :-)

    However, I do have a question regarding spacing. In my Korean language class, whenever the ‘to be’ verb is used (입니다, 예요, 였어요…), the book we use never has a space between the verb and the noun.

    A few examples:

    우리 친구예요.
    저기는 어디입니까?
    약속이 몇 시였어요?

    Is this correct? Because on your PDF you say that only the 하다 verb attaches to the noun. I hope you can help me!!! :-)

    감사합니다!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Peter-Raeves/544809659 Peter Raeves

    이 수업도 좋았는데 현우씨, 우리 외국인들이 영어를 보통 할 수 있으며 아이가 아니니까 그렇게 천천히 말을 안 해도 됄 것 같습니다 ^^ 우리 이해할 수 있을 것 같습니다. ㅋㅋ.

    이 수업도 만들어 주셔서 감사합니다~~

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  • awesomeguy

    The guy sounds so handsome xD

    Anyways. That’s all I wanted to say, I’m just looking through all the courses quickly from level 1 – 6 to see about what level I can hope to achieve with this website :) It looks promising so far!

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

    i can guess this rule almost correctly
    but you make it more clearly
    감사합니다

  • maya

    Hi!Thank you very much for your lesson!

    I have a question about spacing,can you help me?
    When we use suffixes as 사람 in 한국사람
    or 씨 & 님 after names, do we need the space or not?and why?

    Thank you

  • 안상현

    ㅋㅋㅋ. 재밋게 봤어요~ ㅎㅎ;;
    I currently live in Hawaii and I was born in Korea and moved here. I just came here to check it out. The girl’s voice is really cute lol..귀엽네 ㅎㅎ

  • Ben

    Why aren’t these lessons (from level 4 lesson 14 onward) on harukorean.com?

  • 준형

    선생님들 안녕하세요^^

    질문 있어요.
    “씨” must have space in between the name?
    for example: “석진 씨” 맞아요? :)

    • http://twitter.com/jinseokjin jinseokjin

      Perfect!

    • 푸인

      I’m abit confused, actually.

      If you google, there are 50-50 results saying 씨 must have space after the name, but some results are saying there is no need to have space for 씨 after the name.

      Please enlighten me >”<

      Thanks

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  • Satoko

    안녕하세요!
    I’m not sure but I guess the reason of no spacing in Japanese language is we use 3 kinds of letters, which is Chinese character(한자), two Japanese characters(Hiragana and Katakana).
    I can give you an example.
    母はハハハと笑った。 Haha wa hahaha to waratta. (My mother laughed “hahaha”. 언마는 하하하라고 웃으셨다.)
    When you write this sentense mixing 3 characters, then you’ll find it’s easy to distingish each word.
    But when you write it all in one of them, it’ll become
    ははははははとわらった。 Then you need spacing like はは は ははは と わらった。
    See? We always use 3 them all, so we don’t need to leave a space between words, I guess:)

  • Satoko

    oops, i found a lot of grammatical mistakes in my last comment, sorry:(

  • ikram Hamizi

    안녕하세요 ^o^ Can someone please tell me how to write ”Intelligent” in korean ? I heard it as Pujironhan but i couldn’t write it right !!

  • Francesco Colléter

    일번 그리고 중국어를 띄어쓰기 없습나다. 그런데, 프랑스국 아고 영국 아고 한국어를 이씁니다.
    japanese and chinese languages don’t have space in their sentences. But french, english and korean languages do.