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!

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  • 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.

  • Sanjeeda Masroor

    1)You should eat less before swimming

    – 수영하기 전에 덜 먹어야 돼요

    2) I haven’t studied korean completely at TTMIK.
    – TTMIk에서 한극어 아직 덜 공부했어요

    3)There are less chocolates here, who ate them?

    – 여기 초콜릿 덜 있네요. 누가 먹었어요?

    4) If you want to exercise less, you should eat less
    – 덜 운동하고 싶으면, 덜 먹어야 돼요

    5) If you do it this way, it’d be less difficult.
    – 이렇게 하면, 덜 어려울 거예요

    감사합니다 :)

  • Dania Freih

    요즘 서울보다 제다가 덜 추워요.
    these days, Jeddah is less cold than Seoul.
    한국 음식 중에서, 어떤 게 덜 매워요?
    Among Korean food, which is less spicy?
    *or shall I say “the least”? and would that be a different word in Korean?*
    덜 먹었으면, 도와 줄 게.
    If you didn’t finish eating, I’ll help you.