Level 6 Lesson 12 / What do you mean? What does that mean? / 무슨 말이에요?


안녕하세요! In our previous lesson, 경은 and 현우 explained how to say “I mean…” in 4 different ways in Korean. Now that you know how to explain what you mean, how do you ask someone else what he/she means? Have no fear, that’s why this lesson is here! Learn how to ask “what do you mean?”, “what does that mean?”, and “what’s that supposed to mean?” by downloading the PDF and audio file!

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Level 6 Lesson 12 / What do you mean? What does that mean? / 무슨 말이에요?
  • 로저


    “그 사람이 무슨 말인지 알고 싶어요.”라고 말해도 괜찮아요?

    • 로저

      아니면 “제가 그 사람의 말인지 알고 싶어요.”
      “I want to know what (s)he’s talking about.”

    • ” 그 사람이 무슨 말을 하고 있는 지 알고 싶어요. ”

      “그 사람이 뭐라고 말 했는 지 알고 싶어요.”

      라고 말하면 돼요! ^^

  • 선생님들,수고하셨어요.^^
    내일 제가 현우 선생님하고 미경 씨를 만나러 갈 거예요.너무 기대해요.다음에 기회 있으면 한국에 가면 다른 TTMIK 선생님들도 만나고싶어요.^^

    즐거운 하루 보내세요!^^

  • Joanna

    Teachers ,thank you so much for your helpful lessons!With your easily reachable grammar ,fun learning and all the korean dramas I watch I think in a few years I could be fluent in Korean 😛 But there’s this thing I reaaally can’t get about Korean – 을 듯 and everybody I ask has a difficulty exlpaining it.Could you pleease do a lesson about this ending?? Infact ,there are so many different VERB ENDINGS that are so difficult sometimes .. Could you make a list or something? Like 는/은데 ,잖아 , 지/죠 (I know we’ve probably reviewed these so far but still it would be helpful :P) And thank you so much for your hardwork and dedication!You’re great!!!

    • jiwon

      thankyou so much oh, I’m Korean and I’ll give you answer
      는 means nothing, just be at Korean’s word’s subject’s behind
      and sometimes use 은
      so when a sentense ends with ~는 or ~은
      it’s something omitted behind the 는 or 은

    • jiwon

      no,no, there is somthing omitted behind 는 or 은
      sorry, I can’t write English well..
      oh U mean by 는/은데 to ~는데 ~은데

      I’ll give you means of 는데,은데

      There are alse omitted behind 은데 는데 when there’s no other words more

      for example,

      a:너 이 문제 풀줄 아니
      b:난 모르는데 (어떡해?)

      는데 = A is ~ but, is ~
      but = 는데

      ~지 means ~다’s confirmative formation

      ~죠 have different two means. ~죠? is used to question to older people (have some confidence)
      ~죠 is used to explain to people 존댓말로

      (죠 = ~지 + ~요) so ~지’s 존댓말
      idk 존댓말 in English

      oh I’m so tired to write this. In your perspective,maybe this is so short.
      but I spent 45 minute writing this
      this is all
      한국어 사랑해주셔서 너무너무 감사합니다^^

    • Jorge Frisancho

      고마워요, 수고하세요~!

  • Stacy

    Thank you guys so much for this!

    I just have a few questions. I noticed that the beginning sound in words like 무슨 have a ‘b’ sound but would romanize to moo-sun (I’m probably wrong here). I also notice this in ‘neh’ (didn’t spell that right) but it sounds like ‘deh.’ What is the correct pronunication?

    Thank you!

    • Tim

      Hey Stacy.

      In one of the early lessons, Hyunwoo explained a little bit about irregularities. You can look around in the Level 1 lessons, I’m sure it’s in there somewhere. My apologies for not remembering which :p

  • Jennie


    I’m a 17 year old girl from Norway and I really enjoy your lessons! :3 it has taken me about 1 and a half month, but now I finally managed to catch up with you guys ^^ Keep making great lessons and I might be able to win over my parebts to let me go on high school exchange to Korea this spring 😉

    You’re totally awsome! >_<

  • Matt

    Yay! I FINALLY caught up with all the lessons 😀 Thank you everyone at ttmik, all the material here is really useful, and I think my Korean is improving quickly because of you guys. I can’t wait for the next lesson!
    Maybe I will see you around Seoul this year 🙂

  • Vorgrim

    이 사진에서 효진 선생님 너무 귀여워요.

    다시, 영국에서 감사합니다.

  • Emi

    this is the best korean learning site i’ve visited yet, great work 🙂 do you think you could one day make a mobile version site?

  • You mean you dont like Super Junior ?what do you mean ?
    그러니까 슈퍼주니어는 안 좋아한다는 말이에요 ? 무슨 말이에요 ?/무슨 소리예요 ? /무슨 말씀이세요 ?

    Money ? what does it mean ?

    돈 ? 이거 무슨 뜻이에요 ?

  • Claira

    안녕해세요! 🙂

    그러니까 지금 떠날 건다고요? 우리 바로 도착하는데, 갑자기 무슨 말이에요? (You mean, you’re going to leave now? But we just only arrived. What do you mean all of a sudden?)

    모르는 무슨 말이에요? (What do you mean you don’t know?)

    우리하고 같이 안 가는 무슨 말이에요? (What do you mean you’re not going with us?)

    이게 다 한 다음에 지금 포기할 건다고? 이게 무슨 말이야? (You mean you’re going to give up after doing all these? What do you mean by this?)

    그러니까 날 사랑한다고? 우리 그냥 친구 아니야? 갑자기 무슨 말이야? (You mean, you love me? Aren’t we just friends? What do you mean all of a sudden?)

    감사합니다! 🙂

  • Julius Yeung

    개시크남 what does it mean. I’m korean but someone in kakao talk told me that i’m that but I’ve no idea what they’re talking about

  • Chess8Ko

    “비가 구름의 잘 다이제스트세요” You have to digest well the rain from the clouds
    “어… 무슨 말씀하시요?” hu… what do you mean ?”

  • Victoria

    What dose 친해지고싶어요! Mean?

  • Takuma

    덩말이예요? Meaning pls

    • JooyeonPark

      I’m not sure if i got this right. I think it’s typo or something. I guess it’s ‘정말이에요?’ which means ‘Is it real/true?’

      hope i guessed right 🙂

  • Cameron Belcher

    I felt this one did not beat around the bush so much, thanks for getting strait to the point. 🙂

  • Shy Unicorn ♡

    무슨 말이에요? 전전히 말할 수 있어요?

  • Julian Hensrud

    does angone know what this says and can they tell me

  • Nicole Jaja

    i cracked up when she said “are you crazy” after what do you mean in regards to buying a tiger xD

  • Matt

    [1] 무슨 말이야? 더 천천히 말해! = What are you saying? Speak more slowly!
    [2] 무슨 말씀인지 잘 모르겠어요. = I am not quite sure what you mean sir.
    [3] 운동? 무슨 뜻이에요? 한번 안 들렸어요. = Exercise? What does that mean? Never heard of it.

    감사합니다 for the lesson!

  • 야씬

    오늘 읽은 책 안에 새로운 한국 단어를 봤는데 무슨 뜻이에요? (I saw a new Korean word in a book i read today but, what does it mean?)

    야, 무슨 말이야. 왜 안 갈거야? (Hey.. What do you mean? Why are you not coming?)

    저는 이 문장을 무슨 뜻인지 잘 모르겠으니까 설명해 봐 주세요. (I’m not sure what this sentence means, therefore please try to explain it.)

  • 안톤

    무슨 말이에요? 이거 제가 사잖아요. What do you mean? I told you I bought this one.
    저랑 그분이랑 만났다고? 무슨소리예요? So you’re saying that me and that girl were dating? What do you even mean?
    전 시험이 괜잖은 거같아요. 다시 봐야 된다고 무슨 말이에요. I did my test quite well but what do you mean by saying I have to take the test again?

  • Ivene Dhyl Ambat

    천야연가 영어로 뭐에요?

  • Imogen Eve Blair

    A:저는 그녀와 사랑에 빠지고 있는 것 같아요.=I think I’m falling in love with her.
    B :네? 무슨 말이에요 ? 네가 그녀를 만난 지 일주일 밖에 안 돼요. Huh? What are you talking about. Its only been a week since you’ve met her.
    무슨 말이에요? 이해가 안 되라고요? 저는 너한테 열 번 설명했어요 벌써.= What do you mean? you don’t understand? I’ve explained this to you 10 times, already.

  • Yuki

    나: 있잖아… 그에게 데이트 물어봤어요
    가: 내? 네가 뭘 했다고요? 무슨 말이에요~? 네가 그렇게 하기엔 너무 수줍잖아요
    나: 아닌데 정말요 난 했다고요 난 거짓말하는 게 아니에요