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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Level 4 Lesson 19 / Less, Not completely / 덜
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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.

  • lemontumblr

    오늘 난 덜 먹어야돼 I should eat less today ^^;

  • Edipo Matheus

    브라질에 더 거고 아르헨티나에 덜 가야돼요
    김밥 덜 먹어야돼요
    핸드폰으로 덜 공부해야돼요
    저번 보다 컴퓨터 덜 썼어요
    중국어 보다 한국어 덜 어려워요

    일 다 끝냈어요? / 아니요 덜 끝냈어요
    제 게임 돌려주세요/ 아직 덜 했어요.

    시간이 있을때 한번 고쳐주세요, 고맙습니다 🙂

  • Peter

    요즘 건강을 위해서 청량 음료 덜 마시고 물 더 마셔 봐요.
    These days I’m trying to drink less soft drink and more water for the sake of my health.

    걱정 덜 하고 빨리 시작 해야 돼요. 괜찮을 거예요.
    You should worry less and just start. You’ll be fine.

  • Shhaseena25

    전 잠을 덜 자고 운동 더 해 봐야 돼요!!!
    I have to sleep less and try working out more!!!

    진구:우왕 이 가방이 너무 이뻐용
    나:응 ,근데 너무 비싼 것 같아
    진구:아니,별로 안 비싼 것 같아 이 봐
    나:우아 …그럼 우리 이 살자….아줌마 이 두게 주세요
    진구:야야, 이거 살지마…다른 데 가
    나:뭐해?왜 그래?
    진구:미쳤어?
    Lol just practicing 😛 someone want to complete this acc…warmly welcome
    감사합니다ttmik♡♥♡

  • Leni

    I’m confused…Hyun woo said 덜 can only be used as an adverb…but 비싸 (expensive) is an adjective? 덜 비싸 = less expensive, but in this case the 덜 is not modifying a verb but an adjective?

  • Missy Lib

    I’m trying to learn the sound effects for a manhwa and 덜 is showing up around his shaking body. Can it also mean shiver/tremble? Thanks

  • you only learned English as in the USA that’s why you got a lot of the words and rules wrong if you want to learn proper lang go to the source not the copy i’m saying this coz the L sound in British is soft in most words and when you try to combine English and Korean i think it’s a wrong way to do it i mean we aren’t all English speakers and at least you should’ve followed the British ways instead of US and can you please stop doing the ROM in pdf we are lvl 4 now almost 5 it’s annoying skipping that everytime i read ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

    • Aaron Hallenbeck

      It’s not wrong, it’s just a different dialect. The English language didn’t originate in Britain and there are many different dialects in both England and the US.

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  • Esra S.

    안녕하세요, could you please correct my sentences, or make them sound more natural?
    감사합니다 🙂

    1.현우: 경은 씨 찐차 덜 끝나야?
    경은 are you really not quite finished?

    2. A: 덜 피자를 먹어세요!
    B: 그런데 저는 덜 먹어요.
    A: Please eat less pizza!
    B: but, i havent finished it.

    3.현우: 아….시험이 제일 어려워요. 공부하는 거를 끝날 수 없어요.
    암머: 현우 씨 덜 공부하는데, 안 돕을 거예요!
    현우:whoa…this exam is the hardest. I can’t finish studying.
    암머: 현우 learning less will not help you!