Level 5 Lesson 8 / It is about to …, I am planning to … / -(으)려고 하다, 하려고 하다

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In this lesson, we are going to look at another way of talking about a future action or state ; -(으)려고 하다 It might seem like there are just way more types of future tenses in Korean than necessary, but they all serve their specific purpose, so they will all come in handy when you need to say certain things in some specific situations. Be sure to check the PDF for the correct spelling of the expressions and if you have any questions, please feel free to leave us comments!

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.


  • Eman

    한국에 가려고 했는데, 돈이 없있어요.

    수고하세요

  • 마틴

    Hello wonderful TTMIK team!
    I was wondering if you could please explain the difference in meaning from these two sentences:

    비가 올 것 같아요
    and
    비가 오려고 해요

    • Declan Mayer

      비가 올 것 같아요 – Use this when you want to say it might rain or it seems it might rain, but it also might not.

      비가 오려고 해요 – Based on what you see, it WILL rain.

  • Matt

    [1] 저는 제 한국어 읽기 능력을 향상시킬 몇몇 아동 도사 읽으려고 하는데, 제안이 있어요? = I plan on reading some children’s books to improve my Korean, do you have suggestions?
    [2] 저 사람 낭떠러지 떨어지려고 해요! = That person is about to fall of the cliff!
    [3] 아니요! 저 다른 사람은 그를 누릅으려고 해요! = No! That other person is going to push them!

    레슨 감사합니다!

  • Dania Freih

    일을 시작하려고 했는데, 너무 피곤해요.
    지금 먹으려고 하는데, 뭐 맛있어요?

  • Jae Kyeong

    저는 Starbucks에 공부하력고 한데, 여기에 너무 시끄러웠어요.
    I was going to study at Starbucks, but it was too noisy.

  • Angela Capellan

    나는 방에 청소했는데, 방에 오빠랑 더러운 발은 들어왔어요

  • Janni Versace

    I have a general question. Can this construction also mean to try V-ing something ? In the weekly korean vocabulary book it’s described as that. And what would be the difference to the 아/어/여 보다 form ?