Level 5 Lesson 24 / Not A But B, Don’t do THIS but do THAT / 말고, -지 말고

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Welcome to another episode of TalkToMeInKorean! In this lesson, we are looking at how to use the verb 말다 in the form “말고” and make expressions such as “Not this one but THAT one.” “Not here but over there.” or “Don’t buy it and use this one.”

Thank you so much for studying with us and as usual, be sure to leave us comments and practice making your own sample sentences!

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.

  • 로저

    불고기를 다 먹지 말고 나한테 조금만 남겨주세요.

    There is a typo in the pdf. Page one “Contruction”.

    • http://twitter.com/kyeongeun Kyeong-eun Choi

      로저 :)
      Thank you for letting us know! :D
      We fixed it. We are sorry for the mistake.

      불고기 저도 주세요~~~ ㅋㅋ

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Icegirl-Caddie/100001206852199 Icegirl Caddie

    Oops! I am the second one… ^_~
    즐거운 하루 보내세요! ^^

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Peter-Raeves/544809659 Peter Raeves

    걱정마세요 ^^. 우리는 현우씨를 안 믿습니다 ^^ 거짓말쟁인 것같습니다 ㅋㅋ

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nurul-Husna/519398770 Nurul Husna

    i.ve been waiting for this topic…. thank youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

  • 케냐

    I always hear this 말고 in songs.. and that was a short and very usefull lesson!..
    감사합니다 !

  • jon

    말고 and 아니고. With nouns, what’s the difference?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jonathan-Wilson/791517430 Jonathan Wilson

      They mention this in the PDF

      말고 is from 지 말다. a command to not do something, i.e action verbs.

      아니고 is to not be (이다) so

      우유 말고 커피 주세요. is don’t give me A(milk), give me B(coffee) instead.

      Whereas 아니고 would be used to say “this IS NOT A but is B”

      이거슨 우유 아니고 커피 이에요. this is not milk; it’s coffee.
      ^I don’t know if this sentence is right.

  • Samier

    안녕하세요 TTMIK!!

    1. 공부하지 말고 동영상 YouTube에서 봐세요.
    Do not study, but watch videos on Youtube.


  • Olle

    I noticed 경은 says 굉장히 간단하고 쉬어요 at one time and I came to wonder, is there any difference between these two?

    I love your site by the way ^^b
    Thought I should start commenting since you always insist. ㅋㅋ

    슬플땐 바보같이 참지말고 울어요.

  • KS

    그런 거 아니다 이런 거 이에요.
    It’s not like that it’s like this. (not sure if this is right).

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


    stop complaining and just try eating it
    불평하지 말고 그냥 먹어봐요

    I like Donghae ssi not Eunhyuk ssi
    은혁씨 말고 동해씨 종아해요

    Eunhyuk ssi , dont like but you should love him

    은혁씨는 종아하지 말고 사랑해야돼요
    (this sounds … kinda weird lol)

  • krin canseco

    this is my favorite lesson and also lesson 26.

  • Bella

    안녕하세요 선생님들

    시험이 가까워서, 경기하지 말고 공부하세요
    (The exam is near, so don’t play and start studying)

    Is my sentence correct?

  • Claira

    선생님들께서 안녕하세요! :)

    오늘 말고 내일 할 수 있어요? (Can I do it tomorrow and not today?)

    여기에서 쓰지 말고 다른 곳에서 써요. (Don’t write it here, write somewhere else.)

    지금 많은 먹지 말고 나중에 다 온 다음에 더 막어요. (Don’t eat so much now, eat more later after everyone has arrived.)

    TTMIK레선을 듣지 말고만 연습도 해야 돼요. (Don’t only listen to TTMIK’s lessons but you have to practice too.)

    여기에서 먹지 말고 새로운 음식점에서 먹어 볼 거예요. (We are not going to eat here but we’ll try eating at the new restaurant.)

    지금은 자지 말고 다 일하는 것이 끝낸 다음에 잘 거예요. (I’m not going to sleep now, but I’ll sleep after I’ve finished my work.)

    감사합니다! :)

  • Jo A

    식탁에서 신문읽지 말고 다른 곳에서 읽어요.

  • Francesco Colléter

    이재 말고 다음 봄에 아마도 꽃이필레요.

    It probably won’t bloom now but next spring.

    • Seokjin Jin

      지금 말고 아마도 다음 봄에 꽃이 필 거예요.


  • Brandon Carter

    It sounds like you are saying “메세지” when you say “메시지”. Is that typical?

  • Brandon Carter

    저스틴 비버말고 10cm 들어 보세요.

  • Eman

    자지 말고 공부도 돼요.

    이 사람이 낯선 말고 제 친구 이에요.