Level 5 lesson 7 / as soon as … / -자마자, 하자마자

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안녕하세요. ^^ In this lesson, we are going to introduce how to say “as soon as” you do something or “right after” you do something in Korean. The key structure you need to learn in order to say this is -자마자 [-ja-ma-ja]. What are you going to do as soon as you listen to this lesson? :D

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.

  • eliza

    안녕하세요. 잘 지내셨어요?
    1. 일어나자마자 샤ㅝ를 하고 방을 청소하고 시장에 갔어요.
    2. 길을 건너자마자 교회가 있어요. 그리고 교회 뒤에 우리 집이 있어요.
    3. 선물을 사자마자 파티에 가서 아무것도 안 봤어요.
    이 레슨도 너무 감사합니다.

  • Vivian

    물을 마시자마자 화장실 에 가고 싶게 됐어요.
    물을 마시자마자 화장실 에 가고 싶어 졌어요.

    which is correct?

  • Claira


    도작하자마자 표를 샀어요. (As soon as I arrived, I bought the tickets.)

    새로운 노래 듣자마자 마음에 들었어요. (As soon as I heard the new song, I liked it.)

    졸업하자마자 여행할게요. (As soon as I graduate, I will go travelling.)

    너무 피곤했는데, 연습하는 것 끝나자마자 잠들었어요. (I was so tired that I fell asleep right after I finished practicing.)

    이것은 하자마자 나올거예요. (I will come outside right after I’ve done this.)

    말하자마자 울었어요. (She cried as soon as I told her.)

    음악을 시작하자마자 춤춰요. (As soon as the music starts, she dances.)

    떠나자마자 비가 왔어요. (As soon as we left, it rained.)

    책을 다 읽자마자 저한테 전화했어요. (As soon as I finished reading the book, she called me.)


  • Daniel


    “마음에 들다” vs “좋아하다”는 만약 “좋아해요” 말하면 안되고 “마음에 들어요” 말해야 되면 “좋아하네요” 말해도 돼요?

    (In case you haven’t understood my question in Korean: As for 마음에 들다 vs 좋아하다, when I can’t say 좋아해요 and should say 마음에 들어요 instead, could I also say 좋아하네요?)

    And some sentences:
    TTMIK 찾자마자 한국어 공부를 시작했어요. –  I’ve started studying Korean when I first found TTMIK.

    집에 도착하자마자 김밥를 준비할 거예요. – I will make some kimbap as soon as I arrive home.

    우리 고양이가 밥를 다 먹자마자 제가 더 줄 거예요. – As soon as my cat eats all the food, I’ll give it some more.

    학교에 다니는 것 다시 시작하자마자 더 일찍 일어나야 될 거예요… – As soon as I start going to school again, I’m going to have to wake up earlier…


  • Victoria Nam

    His voice is really good

  • Dolsanria

    운동을 끝나자마자 나는 샤워할 거예요.

    As soon as I finish to excercise, I will take a shower.

  • Rahul Sharma

    what is the difference between the use of 자마자 and 는 대로?
    자마자 문법과 는 대로 문법에는 어떤 차이가 있는지 궁금해요. 이 두 문버은 어떤 상황에서 쓰는자 좀 가르쳐 주십시요.

  • Winnie Zambo

    밥을 먹기를 끝나자마자 장을 보러 슈퍼마켓에 갈게.

    • http://twitter.com/jinseokjin jinseokjin

      Oh, you did a good job!
      Because I finish the meal, it will be better to say “끝내자마자”.

  • Jo A

    배우하자마자 썼어요.

  • Francesco Colléter

    래프텁 열자마자 다 걱정을 잊어버리였어요.

    As soon as I openned my laptop i forgot all my worries.