Level 5 Lesson 15 / At least, Instead, It might not be the best but… / -(이)라도

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Welcome to another episode of  TalkToMeInKorean! In this lesson, we take a look at another Korean particle that can have various translations: -(이)라도. If this is the first time you’ve seen -(이)라도 being used, don’t worry – you will find it very easy to use and quite useful as well!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people//100002955698850 휴호

    자식은 쌓이는 것이니까 하루에 좀금이라도 공부해야 돼요.

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

    Thank you for the lesson, as always! :D I was wondering, can you use 라도 when talking about going somewhere? For example, would this sentence mean “Since we’re bored, shall we (at least) go to the park, or somewhere?”
    지루해서 우리 공원에라도 갈까요?
    I’m just curious to see if that would work. :)

    • elli

      Hey~~ Uhm.. I think this is more accurate:
      우리 심심하니까 공원에라도 갈까요?
      -아/어/여서 can’t be used when giving an suggestion. -(으)니까 however, can be used with suggestions etc.

  • gan

    지금은 심심하니까 음알이라도 들을래요?
    I am boring now, can we listen to music since there’s nothing else to do.

    문제가 있으면 언제라도 저에게 연락 주세요.
    If you have any question, please contact me anytime

    할머니 건강에 대해서 너무 걱정해서 잠시라도 기아리면 곤란해요.
    I am too worry about grandmonther health and can’t wait even a short while here.

    혹시 유진씨라도 장학금을 탔어요?
    Maybe YuJin won the scholarship ?

  • Bella

    안녕하세요 선생님

    밥라도 먹을래요?
    (Would you at least eat rice?)

    어디라도 좋아요
    (Where ever is fine)

    1잔라도 마셔요
    (Drink even 1 glass)

    혹시 나라도 좋아요?
    (By any chance, do you like me?)

  • Cassis

    is there a difference between 언제라도 and 아무때나?
    are they interchangeable or have specific usages?

  • Claira


    오분라도 자고 싶어요. (Even if it’s just 5 minutes, I want to sleep.)

    이 문제 너무 어려워요. 힌트라도 주세요. (This question is so difficult. Give me a hint at least.)

    집에 가기전에 이거라도 끝낼 수 있어요? (Can you at least finish this before you go home?)

    지금 이미 늦은데 라면이라도 먹어야 돼요. (It’s already late now, we should just eat ramen.)

    혹시 휴대 전화라도 잃었어요? (By any chance, did you lose your cell phone?)

    지금 어디 있이라도 말해주세요. (Please at least tell me where she is now.)

    잠시라도 기다릴 수 있어요? (Can you at least wait for awhile?)

    오늘은 공원에 사람이 너무 많으니까, 우리 카페라도 갈 래요? (There are so many people in the park today, shall we at least go to the cafe?)

    여기에 밥을 별로 안 맛있는데 먹을 것이라도 있어요. (The food here is not that delicious, but at least there is food.)

    저 안 믿어도 이 편지라도 읽어요. (Even if you don’t believe me, at least read this letter.)

    감사합니다! :)

  • Brent Dirks

    안녕하세요? 제 한국어는 완벽하지 않으라도 제가 코멘트를 넘겨주면 될까요? 선생님들께서는 열심히 일하고 계셔나 봅니다. 문법을 설명하는 것은 어려워라도 재밌는 시간이 보내나요? 이 뭐뭐 라도에 대한 레슨은 엄청 어렵습니다 다 이해하지 않으라도 계속 공부하는 것을 이렇게라도 좋죠? 우리를 위해 무리해주셔서 감사합니다.

    도영웅 올림

    • http://twitter.com/jinseokjin jinseokjin

      안녕하세요. 코멘트는 누구나 자유롭게 남길 수 있으니까 걱정하지 마세요.
      되도록이면 코멘트에 다 답을 해 드리고 싶지만, 시간이 많이 나지 않아요. ㅠ..ㅠ

  • Dolsanria

    생일이니까, 아이스크림이라도 한턱 해야돼요.

    Because it’s your birthday, you should treat me. Atleast an ice cream will do.

    ㅋㅋㅋ 이거 맞아요? 감사합니다!

  • Kendra Sintim-Aboagye

    모두 안녕! There seems to be a mistake on this PDF at the end. It reads “…if you add -라고 after 사고, you imply you have no concrete evidence or fact but…”. -라고”말고 -라도는 맞는 것 같아요. 항상 렛손을 만들어 주셔서 고맙습니다!

  • Muhammad Sarwar

    I could not understand 이라도 grammer expression from the book but i have understand very well from “Talk to me in Korea” website.Thanks a lot

    • Seokjin Jin

      Yay! Thanks so much for your comment.

  • Mini Konkhmer

    I’m really enjoy listening this lesson with TTMIK which provide interesting and easy-understanding lessons….

  • Kim Ngân

    1) 넌 자기 대한 문제라도 잘 대답해야 돼요 ( you at least have to give a good answer to the question about yourseft )

    2) 1번라도 G-Dragon을 만나거 싶어요 ( i wanna see G-Dragon even just 1 time)

    3) 언제라도 베트남에 돌아갈 수 있어요. 베트남이 내 고향이니까요 ( i can go back to Vietnam anytime because Vietnam is my homeland)

    4) 친한 친구가 이 가방을 조심하게 보관하는데 이 가방라도 소중한 물건이에요? ( My best friend keep this bag so carefully, this bag is important to her ? )

  • Francesco Colléter

    자주 만안알거에요. 사진라도 에요!

    We won’t meet often. Let’s at least take a picture !

  • Eman

    여기서에 정말 시끄러어서 1시간이라도 못 잤어요 = It was really noisy here so I couldn’t sleep for even one hour.

    Thank you (:

    • Seokjin Jin

      여기는 정말 시끄러워서, 1시간도 못 잤어요.

    • Eman

      Thank you so much

      why 라 is not written before 도 in 1시간도 ?

  • Ilikepants

    이번 주말은 발렌타인 데이니까 누구라도 연애할께요~

  • Katherine Traylor

    절 못 잤어요. 한 시간 더라도 자고 싶어요. – -;