Level 7 Lesson 17 / They say …/-(느)ㄴ대요/-(이)래요


In this lesson, let’s take a look at how to say “they say…”, “I hear that…”, or how to re-tell someone what you’ve heard from someone else. The main 2 ways to say this in Korean are (ㄴ/는)대(요) and -(이)래(요). If you studied Level 5, Lesson 17, you may have learned something similar to this, but using these 2 endings is easier and more commonly used in spoken Korean.

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Level 7 Lesson 17 / They say …/-(느)ㄴ대요/-(이)래요
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  • 1. 어제 그 사람은 만났어요. 어디 일한다고 물어봤어요. 티티믹에서 일했대요. 그게 맞나요?
    2. 어제 그 사람은 만났어요. 어디 일한다고 물어봤어요. 티티믹에서 일했다고 해요. 그게 맞나요?
    Does dialogue make sense? If not please correct me 🙂

    Tyler Smith (신태은)

    • English Translation for what I was TRYING to say lol:
      Yesterday I met that person. I asked him “Where do you work?”. He said “I work at TTMIK”. Is that true?

    • 어디 일한다고 물어봤어요 –> 어디서 일하냐고 물어봤어요

      Use the ~냐고 construction when quoting a question

      티티믹에서 일했대요 –> 티티믹에서 일한대요

      If you say “일했대요” here it means that he/she used to work at TTMIK – you should quote in the same tense as the original statement!

    • Thank you so much Jon Masters. I was wondering if I should use 냐고 or not.

  • Samier


    I think this makes it sound more natural 😀


  • 시혁

    Just perfect! explanation^^

  • yoga

    is that learning hangeul just 2 part? i still can’t write my name in korean
    my name is yoga and i just now how to write ga n wondering how to write yo.
    i just start lerning korean, now i’m in level 1 lesson 10.
    thank you
    terima kasih
    i really love kyeong-eun choi voice

    • husain

      yoga = 요가

  • Anthony

    Is there another meaning to 대요? I heard my korean classmate begin a question by 질문인데요 or something.. Maybe I heard wrong?

  • Matt

    TTMIK 선생님들이 멋있고 똑똑하대요. 인기 계속 커질 거래요.
    (They say the TTMIK teachers are cool and smart. I heard it will keep getting more popular.)

    이것 맞아요?

    • Kyung-hwa Sun

      TTMIK 선생님들이 멋있고 똑똑하대요. (Correct!)
      인기 계속 커질 거래요 >> 인기가 점점 더 많아질 거래요.

  • Michelle

    Hey there Im doing some work book practices by myself and came across this question…
    If I were to quote someone saying 내일 아침 아홉 시까지 오세요, should I quote is as 내일 아침 아홉 시까지 온대요 or 내일 아침 아홉 시까지 오래요? Because I thought it should be 온대요 since its an action verb.But the answer state that is 오래요…why is that? T_T

    • Max Arenas

      It is 오래요 because the imperative ending (세요) is quoted as 래요. In this case it doesnt matter if its an action verb.

      내일 아침 아홉 시까지 온대요 = 내일 아침 아홉 시까지 와요

      내일 아침 아홉 시까지 오래요 = 내일 아침 아홉 시까지 오세요

  • Eman

    년다음에는 그 사람이 결혼할 거래요.

    어제도 저를 거짓말했 대요.

    학교에 싸운대요. 근데 괜찮안 척 할게요.

  • 정지혜

    내일 아침에 눈이 온대요.

  • Sanjeeda Masroor

    1) They say they won’t be coming to the party.
    – 그 사람들이 파티에 안 올 거 래요

    2) They say her mom works very hard.
    – 그녀의 엄마가 열심히 일 했대요

    3) She says she is singer.
    – 그녀는 가수래요

    4) They say she likes me.
    – 그녀는 나를 좋아한대요

    5) They say that actress is very pretty.
    – 그 배우가 너무 예쁘대요

    6) They say she won’t be able to meet her mom
    – 제 엄마를 만날수 없을 거 래요

    7) They said the building was at the left side.
    – 저 건물이 왼쪽으로 있었대요

    8) She says it’s the book she likes.
    – 그녀는 좋아하는 책이래요

    9) They say he’s the person my friend is going to marry.
    – 제 친구가 결혼할 것은 사람이래요

    10) She says she is her best friend.
    – 그녀는 그녀의 진한 친구래요

    There are lots of rules in this lesson to remember. If there are any mistakes please correct me.감사합니다!!

    • JooyeonPark

      Great job! 🙂
      Here are some corrections.
      7) 저 건물이 왼쪽에 있었대요.
      8)이 책이 그녀가 좋아하는 책이래요.
      9) 그 사람이 제 친구가 결혼할 사람이래요.
      10) Let’s say “She says A is her best friend.” –> A가 그녀의 가장 친한 친구래요.

      Hope this helps!

    • Sanjeeda Masroor

      Yes, it really was helpful. I was revising the earlier ‘quoting’ lessons and read your corrections. Got to know where I made mistakes. 회신 주셔서 정말 감사합니다!!!!

  • Dania Freih

    1. 내일 아침에 다 올 거래요.
    2. 이번 시험은 어려울 건데, 다음에는 쉬울 거래요.
    3. 그 가수는 너무 많이 연습한대요.

  • TinaMusicFairy

    – 그 사람 누구인지 모른대요.
    – 그는 다음 날에 만날 거래요.
    – 어제 안 했대요.
    – 혼자 안 온대요.
    – 내일 갈 거래요.
    – 이게 무대래요.
    – 여기 한강공원이래요.
    – 매일 공부할거래요.
    – 지난 유월에 갔대요.
    – 김치였대요.
    – 모를 거래요, 기다려 야돼요.

  • Gavin Moore

    1. 그렇게 싫언대요. They said they didn’t like that way.

    2. 그 학생들은 재가 불공정 한대요. The students say I’m being unfair.

    3. 가는것 씬차 좋아한대요. They said they would love to go!

    4. 노의 추한 얼글이 했대요. They said your face is ugly. (joke, btw :p)

    5. 제 말씀을 이해가 안 된대요. He said he didn’t understand my speech.

  • Alyssa

    다음 주에는 박물관에서 세일을 하는데 옷값이 아직 생각보다 높을 거래요

  • Hyuda

    They said he was an actor.

    내일 안올 거래요.
    I heard that they won’t come tomorrow.

    한국어를 혼자 배운대요.
    They said that she’s learning Korean by herself.

  • Steven Gao

    Quick question – when you quote someone in 존대말 you would for example say
    우리 엄마가 “내일 간다”고 하셨어 but when you are quoting someone using this pattern is the 존대말 “시” particle completely omitted?

  • Kam

    오늘 밤엔 공포 영화를 볼 거래요
    그 남자가 결코 이 음식을 먹은 적이 없대요
    제가 부탁할 때마다 그들을 그게 마지막일 거래요 하지만 결코 그러지 않을 거예요