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.

  • Sarah

    사랑해도돼요 …^_^

  • Eric Victor

    이 표외에 쓸수있는 볼펜 많이 있지만 안써도 돼요.
    Am I right?
    (What I tried to say was ” there are a lot of usable pens on the table but its ok,too if don’t use them” )
    Pls correct me if I’m wrong. Thank you very much. ^^

  • Jae Kyeong

    내일은 시간을 안 없어도 돼요. It’s ok if you don’t have time tomorrow.
    민호 씨 타도 돼요. 일에 운전할 거예요.
    Min Ho, you don’t have to take the bus. I will drive you to work.

  • Francesco Colléter

    “누나 주와 요?”
    “네 저금만”
    “그래도, 난방을 안교도돼요. 스웨터를 입도 돼요”

    Older sister, are you cold ?
    Yes, a little bit
    Still, you don’t need to turn on the heating. You could put on a sweater.