Level 4 Lesson 8 / it is okay to…, you don’t have to… / -아/어/여도 돼요, 해도 돼요

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In this lesson, we are looking at how to say “it is okay to …” or “you don’t have to…” In English, these two expressions might not be so related, but in Korean, they share a common structure, which is -도 되다. Listen in to find out how to use this structure correctly.

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.

  • Winnie Zambo

    1. 이 사무실안에 너무 더워요. 에어컨을 켜도 되요?

    2.오늘 대학교에 안 가도 되요. 수업이 없거 든요.

    • Seokjin Jin

      이 사무실안에 너무 더워요. > 이 사무실 안이 너무 더워요.
      없거 든요> 없거든요

      Except of this small mistake, your sentences are perfect.

  • Tobias S

    I think at first glance in English they’re not related, but if you take a closer look at the structure they make sense in English, we just have the expression ‘you don’t have to…’ which feels more right.