TTMIK Level 8 Lesson 24 / it is just that …, I only … / -(으)ㄹ 따름이다


In this lesson, we are taking a look at how to use the sentence ending “-(으)ㄹ 따름이다”. This is used to express the meaning of “only” as in “we can only …” or “what I did is just …”. This is a somewhat formal ending and can be found in many official (usually apologetic) statements as well as contexts where the speaker is expressing hope or regret, such as “I only did what he told me, but …” or “we can only wait for the result now”.

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TTMIK Level 8 Lesson 24 / it is just that …, I only … / -(으)ㄹ 따름이다
  • Janice Chan

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  • janina

    선생님들! 감사할 따름입니다! XD

  • Okay!! I’ve heard this 따름입니다 before so skip 4 levels and learn it LOL!!

  • rin lee

    hi just wonderin are all these lessons taught in seoul dialect?

    • To my knowledge they are!!

    • TinaMusicFairy

      I think they are standard Korean which I think is the Seoul dialect

  • 열아

    선생님들을 넘 좋아하고 수업도 재밌어 가지고 맨날 가다릴 다름이에요.
    저 지금은 티티믹을 중독 된 거 같아요 ㅋㅋ

  • دين مت

    정말 감사합니다
    مرة اخرى شكرا..

  • Samier


    제가 ‘-(으)ㄹ 다름이다’를 앞으로 이용 있을지 모르겠지만 이제 다른 사람 그거 말하면 그의 말 알 수 있을 것 같아요 ^^


  • Jiang Long

    Is it really necessary to include romanization in the PDFs at level 8?

    • :D


  • sameak

    i love you

  • Sanjeeda Masroor

    1) All I can say is I’m sorry towards you.
    – 당신한테 미안할 따름입니다/뿐입니다

    2) All I can do now is read this book.
    – 지금 이 책을 공부할 따름입니다/뿐입니다

    3) I could only wait for your sister then.
    – 그때 당신이 동생을 위해 기다릴 따름입니다/뿐입니다

    4) I just don’t want you to know about this.
    당신에게 이거 알고 싶지 않을 따름입니다/뿐입니다

    If there are any mistakes in my sentences, please correct me. For all this help 제가 감사할 따름입니다! 😛

  • Dania Freih

    1. 이렇게 이겨서 기쁠 따름입니다.
    2. 두와 줘서 저는 감사할 따름입니다.
    3. 이 시간에 난 피곤할 뿐이에요.

  • TinaMusicFairy

    다른 좋은 레슨을 가르쳐서 감사합니다! 근데 4번째 여문에 는 왜 “해야 할” 씁니까? 미래시제로?

  • 히다야툰니사

    쌤 감사합니다. 토픽 셤 공부하다가 이런문법 질문이 나와 가지고 뭔지 몰라서 ㅜㅜ 여기 설명 듣고 나서 감이 딱 잡았어요 ~ ㅋㅋㅋ #셤공부 #열공 #홧팅