Level 4 Lesson 19 / Less, Not completely / 덜

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In this lesson, we look at how to say “less” in Korean. The word for “less” is 덜 [deol] in Korean, but 덜 can mean not only “less” but also “not completely”. Listen in to find out how to use the word 덜 in natural context, and in the comment section below, make as many sample sentences on your own as possible using the word. Thanks for studying with us! 감사합니다!

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.

  • Matt

    요즘에 다리가 고통해서 덜 달려야 해요. = Lately my legs have been hurting, I should run less.
    더 연습하고 한국어가 덜 어렵게 될 거예요. = Practice more and Korean will become less difficult.
    왜 맛있는 음식이 항상 덜 건강이에요? = Why is delicious food always less healthy?

    감사합니다 for the lesson!

  • Stevie boy

    1. 열심히 시도하고 있는데 아직 시험을 덜 봤어요.
    2. 화요일보다 덜 아파서 나중엔 내 친구 테니스 시합 보러 공원에 갈래.
    3. 전 별로 안 강하는데 덜 무거운 살 수 있는거 있어요?
    4. 생각한 것보다 덜 재미있네…

    도와주셔서 대단히 감사합니다~~

  • puppy_jjong

    이번 여름에 살이 쪘는데, 지금부터 초콜릿은 덜 먹을래요 = I put on weight this summer, so from now on I want to eat less chocolate.