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.

  • Bahti Tashpaev

    안녕 하세요!!?? 저는 어제 여기서 연습을 많이 해여 탁자 워에 잠을 잘 뻔 했어요…

    • DK

      안녕하세요. 저는 어제 여기서 연습을 많이 해서 책상(desk) 위에서 잠을 잘 뻔 했어요.

    • Bahti Tashpaev


  • Hanan Mohammed

    그 동네 잘 몰라서~ 길을 잃을 뻔했어요!

  • Ooib

    책을 읽는 싶은데 피곤해서 읽을 뻔 했는데 안 읽었어요.

  • Lloyd

    그 음식 먹을 뻔 했난데, 안 먹었어서 지금 안 아파요.

  • peony

    아침 일찍 일어날 뻔 했는데, 너무 졸려서 또 잤어요, 그래서 늦었어요.

  • Maddie

    If the verb that we almost did is already a 하다 verb, do we use 할 뻔 했어요? or would it be for example 공부를 뻔 했어요 instead?

    • Seokjin Jin

      You can say ” 공부할 뻔 했어요” or “공부를 할 뻔 했어요”.

  • Martina Elizabeth Paletti

    컴퓨터 고치는 것 값이가 다 벌 뻔 했어요
    I have been struggling with the right word order for this phrase….

    • JooyeonPark

      I’m sorry that i can’t understand the sentence :(
      Can you give me English sentence so that i can correct that?

    • Martina Elizabeth Paletti

      It was something like: I almost earned all the money I need to fix my computer.

      Thank you so much ^^

  • 마틴

    안 먹고 싶었는데, 다 먹을 뻔 했어요!

    I didn’t want to eat it, but I almost ate all of it!

    안 먹고 싶었는데, 다 먹을 뻔 하게 됐어요!

    I didn’t want to eat it, but I almost ended up eating all of it!

    • JooyeonPark

      Good job! :)

  • Annie Chen

    오늘은 집에 갈때, 사고가 일어날 뻔 했어요.

    • JooyeonPark

      correct sentence! :)

    • Annie Chen

      ㄱ ㅅ= 감사해>_<

  • 소피

    어제는 학교에 너무 심심해서 잠을 뻔 했어요.

  • César Duarte

    난 휴대폰을 잃을 뻔 했어요.

  • Shy Unicorn ♡

    케이크를 다 먹을 뻔 했는데,저금 먹었어요.

  • joey

    서툴러서 휴대폰을 떨어뜨릴 뻔 했어요.

  • brad

    재미있는 영화 봤어요. 너무 웃었어서 죽을 뻔 했어요.

    translation: I watched a funny movie. I laughed so hard I almost died.

    • JooyeonPark

      Good! :)
      It would be more natural if you say “재미있는 영화 봤어요. 너무 웃어서 죽을 뻔 했어요”.

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  • brad

    뱀은 봤어요. 저는 줄도할 뻔 했어요. 저는 뱀에게 무서워요!

  • Janice Ji (재니스)

    숙제 끝날 뻔 했어요. I almost finished my homework.
    영화 본 후에, 울 뻔 했어요. After watching the movie, I almost cried.
    사랑에 빠질 뻔 했어요. I almost fell in love.

  • 하오라

    집에서 갈 뻔 했어요..

  • Marcus Daniels

    1. 올해 한국에 갈 뻔 했는데, 일 했어서 가 못했어요. – I almost went to Korea this year, but because of work I couldn’t go.
    2. 래스 이길 뻔 했지요? – You almost won the race right?
    3. 식욕을 잃을 뻔 했어요. – I almost lost my appetite.