Level 5 Lesson 1 / almost did / -(으)ㄹ 뻔 했다, 할 뻔 했다

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Welcome to Level 5!!! In the first lesson of Level 5, we are going to look at how to say that you “almost did” something or “nearly did” something. This is used both in situations where you “wanted” to do something (but only almost did it) and in situations where you “didn’t want” to do something and fortunately didn’t do it but almost did it. Listen in to find out how to use this “-(으)ㄹ 뻔 했다” ending in natural context and be sure to practice with us by leaving us comments! Thank you!!

You can view 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.

  • Zach

    졸려서 죽을 뻔 했다 ㅜㅜ

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Hee-Lee/100002453367433 Hee Lee

    여러분 , 축하해요
    선상님들 , 감사합니다
    제 문 봐 주세요

    i almost forget everything
    만사 잊을 뻔 했어요

    kimbap was cook by dad ,but it looked normal so I almost ate it

    그김밥은 아빠가 만들었는데 , 안 이상한거는 같아서 먹을 뻔 했어요

    • Hanna

      →아빠가 김밥을 만들었는데 괜찮아보여서 내가 거의 다 먹었어요.

  • sam

    제가 숙제를 끝낼 뻔 했는데 너무 피곤해서 바로 잤어요^^;

  • Maljin Park

    한폰이 읺을뻔했고 난 죽을뻔했어요.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Iru-Santos/1502053010 Iru Santos

    제가 바닥에 내릴 뻔 했는데 아직 당행였어요

    • Paul Jones

      What are you trying to say in English? I don’t know what 당행였어요 translates to in English. What is the base form of the verb?

    • Paul Jones

      Does 당행였어요 mean it was lucky?

  • Johi

    선생님들, 안녕하세요!
    가개에 갈 뻔 했는데 엄마가 집에 돌아왔어서 밥을 같이 먹었어요.

  • nurida

    excuse me, how to download the podcast? when i clicked the “MP3″ button, i was brought to this site http://hw.libsyn.com/p/f/9/0/f9011bb48c4ef066/ttmik-l5l1.mp3?sid=9aad659167ad8ef4ef8f39075ea62cdf&l_sid=18454&l_eid=&l_mid=2490943&expiration=1326887690&hwt=9724864b2c099743b205a1bc8eb28ba4
    i hope anyone’s help please..

    • http://twitter.com/jinseokjin jinseokjin

      Hm.. it is working well in Korea. You just have the problem only in this lesson? If so, I can send the file by e-mail.

      Thanks for your comment.

    • Alex

      Right click on it and click “Save as” :).

  • Michael Maloney

    오늘 학교에서 지각 할뻔 했어요.

    I was almost late for school today.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Vchet-V-Valiantino/100000773140490 Vchet V Valiantino

    학교에 갈 뻔 했는데요!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sarah-Bakarman/100003180595669 Sarah Bakarman

    안녕하세요 ^^
    얼마전에 늦께 일어나서 보스를 놓칠뻔 했어요

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Misa-Hughes/542989054 Misa Hughes

    어제 친구의 집에 갈 뻔 했는데, 숙제가 많았어서 안 가게 됐어요.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Janine-Kruger/577572771 Janine Kruger

    저는 이상한 이매일을 부정한 사람한테 보낼 뻔 했어요!

  • 굴굴

    제가 시작할 뻔 했어요

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kenny-Avianto/100000002763386 Kenny Avianto

    안녕하세요 선생님..

    I was curious about this, and i never got the answer..

    + 미쳐버리겠다..
    + 잊어버릴 뻔 했다.. (this lesson picture)

    Part ‘버리’, what it mean ? i just curious..

    감사합니다.. TTMIK 파이팅..

    • Ronan Kelly

      잊어버리다 means to completely forget something, as opposed to just 잊다 (to forget).

  • http://dtconfect.wordpress.com dtConfect

    셰필드에서 ‘Korea Herald’ 신문을 나르고 있는 여자에게 저는 말할 뻔 했어요.

  • Sarah

    안녕하세요! ^^

    1. 쪽팔려서 죽을 뻔 했어요 ㅠㅠ
    2. 다 먹을 뻔 했는데 오빠도 아이스크림을 좀 먹어 보고 싶었어요.
    3. 숙제를 끝날 뻔 했는데 너무 졸려서 그냥 잤어요.
    4. 카메라를 선물로 살 뻔 했어요… 근데 친구가 사진 찍는 것을 별로 안 좋아해요 알려줘서 카메라를 안 샀어요.
    5. 깜작 놀라서 소리 질 뻔 했어요.
    6. 오늘 금식을 하면서 물을 마실 뻔 했어요!

    문장은 괜찮아요?


    • 학생

      1. 쪽팔린다는 무슨 뜻이에요? ㅜㅜ
      3. 숙제를 거의 다 했는데 혹은 거의 끝냈는데 잠을 자게 되었어요
      4. ~안 좋아하는 것을 알려줘서~
      5. 깜짝 놀라서 소리 지를 뻔 했어요

  • Bella

    술을 마실뻔 했어요
    (i almost drank alcohol)

    빨리 걸어서, 떨어질 뻔 했어요
    (I was walking very fast and I almost fell)

  • http://facebook.com/trickymitchell 지아나

    I say this a lot in English “I almost wanted ~~~~” so is it possible to say in Korean something like “갈 랠 뻔했어요” I almost wanted to go???

    어제 올 뻔했어요. I almost came yesterday.

  • Diogo Souza

    우리, 영화관에서 뽀뽀할 뻔 했어….

    아까 기차를 놓칠 뻔 했어요!

  • Juanita

    안녕하세요… ^_^

    어제 커피 사는데 낼 뻔했어요…

    아까 친구랑 약석이 있어는데 잊을 뻔했어요..

  • eliza

    안녕하세요. 저는 엘맂아 입니다. 루마니아 사람 입니다. I have a few sentences, too.
    1. 영화가 너무 지루해서, 잘 뻔 했어요.
    2. 비밀 이네요? 그 여자한테 다 말할 뻔 했어요.
    3. 저 남자는 사랑해서, 결흔할 뻔 했어요.
    I don’t know if i got it right but…
    I want to thank you for teaching us this beautiful language. I am very grateful to you… 선생님들… 너무 감사합니다 ▲_▲

  • corina

    저는 찬 물이 세 잔이나 마셨는데 목소리를 잃을 뻔 했어요.
    선생님들, 제 문장을 고쳐 주세요.

  • cynyee

    제 진구 줗아핼뻔했어요.
    I was trying to say “I nearly fall in love with my friend”
    please correct me.
    김사합니다! ^^

    • http://small.dic.daum.net Greg

      좋아[할] 뻔했어요. But It’s more like “I almost liked my friend”.
      I think these are the basic expressions that you looking for. You hear them alot in songs.
      제 친구랑 사랑에 빠지다 (빠질 뻔했어요) or 제 친구한테 반하다 (반할 뻔했어요)

    • cynyee

      thank you so much :)

  • Claira


    저한테 말한 이야기가 믿을 뻔 했어요. (I almost believed the story he told me.)

    아까 뉴스를 본 다음 울 뻔 했어요. (He almost cried after he saw the news.)

    지난 일요일이 저 학교에 갈 뻔 했어요. (I almost went to school last Sunday.)

    아까 저한테 전화했는데 요리하는 것 끝낼 뻔 했어요. (When he called me just now, I almost finished cooking.)

    어제 집에 왔는데 저 떠날 뻔 했어요. (I almost left when he came to my house yesterday.)

    미국에 친구랑 갈 뻔 했어요. (I almost went to America with my friend.)

    전 너무 무서워서 거짓말 뻔 했어요. (I was so scared I almost lied.)

    전 그만둘 뻔 했는데, 안 그만뒀어요. 훨씬 열심히 일했어요. (I almost gave up but I didn’t. Instead, I worked much harder.)

    감사합니다! :)

  • Tim Cheng

    오늘 아침에 이러날 뻔 했어요.

    사람들이 많은데 무비스타를 볼 뻔 했어요.

  • Paul Jones

    I almost got married

  • Dolsanria

    내 핸드폰 잊을 뻔 했어서 돌아갔어요.
    I almost forgot my phone so I went back.

  • CyberMew

    1. How about: I almost didn’t do it?
    2. And also, if one were to say we almost did it but didn’t do it anyway, would this be similar to the 게 되다 form in level 4 lesson 29?

    • Seokjin Jin

      Regarding the n.1, I think I can say 거의 안 했어요.

      For n.2, if they couldn’t do it because somebody had interrupted them, then you can use -게 되다 pattern.

      Like, 거의 다 할 뻔했는데, 손님 때문에 못하게 됐어요.

    • CyberMew


  • Winnie Zambo

    어제 늦게 잠들어서, 오늘 회사에 늦게 출근할 뻔 했어요.

  • Eric Victor

    너무 놀랐어서 소리칠뻔했어요. ^^
    Am I right?Pls correct me if I’m wrong. Thank you very much!

  • Ana

    빨리 달릴 수 업서서, 호랑이는 나를 잡고 씹을 뻔 했어요!
    Because I couldn’t run fast enough, the tiger almost caught and bit me!

    By the way, how do you say “not [adj./adv.] enough” in Korean?

  • Francesco Colléter

    보야소 그리고 덜랄 뻔 했어요!
    I saw it and I almost fell !

  • samah

    안녕하세요. ..
    I have question .. 물어보있어요. ..
    how we add 을 뻔 했다 after -하다 verbs.. like i want to say .. ” I almost loved this person ”
    Which one is right ?
    – 그 사람을 사랑할 뻔 했어요
    – 그 사람을 사랑을 뻔 했어요

    • KyungHwa Sun

      The first one is correct. =)

    • samah

      *** thank you so much ***

  • samah

    그 사람한테 “사랑해 “말할 뻔 했는데, 말안했어요