Level 2 Lesson 1 / Future Tense / -ㄹ/을 거예요, 할 거예요

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Level 2 Lesson 1 introduces the future tense. Future tense is very easy to use once you learn how, so let’s get right into it! Listen to the audio podcast and be sure to check out the PDF as well! Thank you! 감사합니다!

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Level 2 Lesson 1 / Future Tense / -ㄹ/을 거예요, 할 거예요
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  • Moka

    I have one question. Is there any rule for writing “ㅐ” and “ㅔ”? I mean for example ㅐare always in subjects?

  • Gooji Kang

    남자친구 만날 거예요.

  • Gooji Kang

    감사합니다 TTMIK.

  • Dayday

    wow I like your lessons, currently I am attending a Korean class based in a Korea college, I found a lot of enjoyment while I am learning, but it is still quite hard for me to learn what our teacher has taught us since our class are 100% conducted in Korean, like this lesson, I spend a lot of time to tell apart different endings of different tense marks. this lesson do helped me a lot to figure out future tense, as I remember there are more than 3 ways to express the future….. LOL

  • Andrew Nam

    This girl on the picture is very pretty! I felt in love))

    • Tom Gateway

      She is married with kids, don’t fall in love.

  • Rebecca Santos

    Could I say 얼마에요? (How much?) or 이거 얼마에요? (How much is this?)

  • Lydia

    If I want to say I will not do it would it be proper to say-…….. anhalgeoyeyo ?

  • Gabriela Garcia

    Hello, I was wondering how the future tense would work with

    하다 verbs. For example, “read” would be 읽을 거예요, but how about 일하다? Would it turn into the following 일할 거예요?

    • 리성천 Rhee Sung Chun

      읽다 actually isn’t a verb with 하다, let’s go with 공부하다 + ㄹ/을 거예요 = 공부할 거예요.
      it’s with the same as most hada verbs
      hope that helps

  • Somaᶰᶥᵐ ♥ 希

    약속할 거예요 – I will promise
    대답할 거예요 – I’m going to answer
    뭐 할 거예요? 잘 거예요? – What are you going to do? are you going to sleep?

  • Hanami

    I apologise for busting in here with this question (which is not directly related to the lesson). I’m very frustrated with never knowing when to write “어” or “오”. There seems to be NO logic whatsoever in applying the differently applied spelling of this particular vowel and it’s driving me nuts. I practice writing Korean vocabulary and sentences but keep stumbling over this particular vowel. Please help!!

    Thank you and I apologise once more for just asking this completely unrelated question here but I’ve not found any satisfactory reply anywhere on the web.

    • Job

      There’s a slight difference in pronunciation, 오 is similar to /ō/ in “postpone” (/pōstˈpōn/) and 어 can be pronounced in 2 ways : one is similar to /ə/ in “master” (/mastər/), and the other sounds like /ô/ in “morning” (/môrning/). I took these examples from another website online and some Korean friends told me it was fine to explain like this.

      Hope this helps, though I had the same issue with 애 and 에 and learning the difference is just in sound didn’t save me

  • pragnya mishra

    Can anyone tell me what will be the korean version of this sentence “i was going to eat” or some sentence like this. I just dont get it is it future or past tense ..

    • Holly (홀리)

      (저는) 가고 먹었어요 (jeon-eun) ga-go meo-geos-seoyo))
      or, (저는) 먹고 갔어요 (jeon-eun) meog-go gas-seo-yo))
      It sounds more like a past tense than a future tense.
      I think a future tense would be more like, “I’m going to eat” or “I will be eating”

      And for your second question, it’d be, 공부하고 싶어요. (gong-bu-ha-go shi-peo-yo)
      You add -고 (-go) when you use more than one verb to express whatever you’re talking about (most of the time I think).

    • pragnya mishra

      Thank u … I saw the mail now..

  • Karan Kaur

    학교를 언제 갈 거예요?

    내일 비는 올 거예요? (does this make sense). How would I say “is it going to rain tomorrow?”

    • Holly (홀리)

      학교를 언제 갈 거예요? = 언제 학교에 갈 거예요? You were close! The -에 particle indicates places while -를 indicates objects.

      And I believe for your second question it would be, 내일 비가 올 거예요?
      올 거예요 is the future tense for “it will come” or “it’s going to come” and normally if you put 비가 오다 together it means rain as in “it’s raining.”
      So you had the right idea!

  • Ikraan [이크란]

    학교 안 갔어요? 그럼 언제  갈게?

  • Far Ah BenNai

    내일 일하지않아요 그래서 집에안가요

    집에서 한국어 공부해요 “TTMIK 에서”

    • Phyrax

      내일 일하지않아요 그래서 집에안가요 -> 내일 일하지않아요, 그래서 집에 있을 거예요

      집에서 한국어 공부해요 “TTMIK 에서” -> 집에서 한국말을 공부할 거야 “TTMIK” 에서

    • Far Ah BenNai

      Hahahaha!!! KOMAWO

  • Doug Weed

    Late comment, but I was wondering in the case of 사다 and 살다 if they look the same in future tense? (살 거예요) In this case would it just come down to context?

    • behindtheblack

      Yes, both words are 살 거예요 in future tense, so you have to go by context only!

  • هاجر وحيد

    Thanks for everything ❤

  • Sulekha

    저는 이거 어제 했어요 ( i did this yesterday)
    I know its not relevant in this topic but i wanted to know if its correct:) X

    • Phyrax

      저는 이거 어제 했어요 -> 저는 어제 이거 했어요

      PD: you can omit ‘저는’ and just say 어제 이거 했어요

  • Rebecca Scott

    Is this correct?

    I will do it = (저는) 할 거예요
    I will eat = (저는) 먹을 거예요
    I will see my friends = (저는) 친구 볼 거예요
    I will work tomorrow = (저는) 내일 일 거예요

    • Jonas Koh

      I think its better to say I will meet my friends = (저는) 친구 만날 거예요. But grammar wise they are right!

    • Shaelyn C

      Does 나는 mean the same thing as 저는? I usually use the first one as ‘I’. I’ve never seen the second one until now.

    • 임한별♡

      저는 is the same as 나는 only 나는 is informal, whereas 저는 is formal
      저 = I (formal)
      나 = I (informal)

    • Luke Kim

      I will work tomorrow= 내일 일할 거예요.

    • Trinity

      All good apart from the last sentence which should be ‘(저는) 내일 일할 거예요’

      일하다 is the verb for ‘to work’

      Otherwise, it’s all really good, 잘 했어요!! ^_^

  • 楊玉莉

    필리핀에 갈 거에요.. is this right?

    • Ngoduyhoang19

      네. 맞아요. 저도 필리핀에 있어요. 어디에 있어요?

    • Luke Kim

      Just a small correction: It should be “…거예요.”

  • Violaine Toutée

    Is this correct?

    저는 내일 더 잘 거예요 – I will sleep more tomorrow
    우리는 노래방에서 친구들 만날 거예요 – We are going to meet friends at the karaoke
    정말 재미 있을 거예요! – It will be really fun!

    • Trinity

      Yes, well done!! 잘 했어요!!

    • Violaine Toutée


  • elliotg25

    내일 스누커 놀 거예요 – I will play snooker tomorrow

  • Olivia Niblett

    Hi! I’ve been into k-pop and Korean dramas for about two years now, but I’ve only just started learning the language. I try to make friends with people on HelloTalk, but since the time in America is so different from South Korea, it’s always hard to talk to anyone. Would anyone like to just talk and learn Korean together?

    • micayla

      Hi! I’d love to talk to you

    • Olivia Niblett

      Great! Do you have a KakaoTalk?

    • Lauren 로렌

      Me too!

    • Olivia Niblett

      Do you have a KakaoTalk? Or even Instagram or something. Anything to communicate by.

    • Lauren 로렌

      My kakao is limlauren and my Instagram is laurxnjessica c:

    • Batty Majdouline

      same problem i can talk to you but the problem is that i am not that fluent either i just started to learn so i wont help u much

    • Anne, Just Anne

      I’m like super late but if you want to talk to me on insta I’m @/TheDaily.Turnip
      I also have a HelloTalk “I’m Anne 안” on there

  • Chess8Ko

    I’m going to go
    네가 갈 거예요
    I’m going to go now
    지금 갈거예요
    I’m going to go alone
    혼자 갈 거예요
    I’m going to go tomorrow
    내일 갈 거예요
    What are you going to do ?
    뭐 할 거예요?
    When are you going to do it?
    언제 할 거예요?
    Are you really going to do it?
    정말 할 거예요?
    I’m going to wear blue jeans.
    청바지 입을 거예요
    I’m going to wear a Tshirt.
    티셔츠 입을 거예요
    What are you going to wear?
    뭐 입을 거예요?
    Who are you going to meet?
    누구 만날 거예요?
    Where are you going to meet?
    어디에서 만날 거예요?
    When are you going to meet?
    언제 만날 거예요?
    What are you going to sell?
    뭐 팔 거예요?
    Where are you going to sell that?
    이거 어디에서 팔 거예요?
    At what price are you going to sell it?
    얼마에 팔 거에요?

    • Kai

      Good useful post, thanks for sharing!

  • Kai

    Does 을 always result in an additional word, whereas ㄹ always only adds on to the verb without creating an additional word?

  • Lulla Ibrahem Gawish

    i want ask about something
    살다 means live
    사다 means buy
    so both in future tense are written “살 거예요” right?

    • Renhye


  • Thea Pham

    What about adding “~겠다” when we use future tense? I don’t know the difference between “~겠다” and “ㄹ/을 거예요”..

  • sira khan

    I have a doubt, In the last sample sentence,
    For how much will you sell it ? = Olmaa ae palkauyeyo .
    why is “ae” used after olmaa (how much) ??

    • Lexie

      in level 1 lesson 18, they talk about how “ae” means at, and in 24 they talk about how eolma means how much (with relation to price), so it’s “at how much are you going to sell?”

  • sira khan

    When we say sentences like, “when will you sell it ?” is it okay to not say the korean word for “it” in the sentence? in most of the sample sentences it is omitted.

  • Trice

    So if -ㄹ 거예요/-을 거예요 is the futur tense how do I say: “I want to become more fluent in Korean.”? Is it possible to add -고 싶어요 and -ㄹ/을 거여요? Ot am I just overthinking this and it’s just -고 싶어요?

    • Elizaveta Khmeleva

      I’m pretty sure you don’t need the future tense for this)

  • Trice

    So if -ㄹ/을 거예요 is the future tense how do I say: “I want to become more fluent in Korean.”? Do I somehow add -고 싶어요 and -ㄹ/을 거예요 or am I overthinking this and I only use -고 싶어요?

    • Shadowclone245

      I think you would just use the verb ”to become” and say ”i want to become”.

  • Tiffany Tan

    came back to learning korean from you guys after a long time and as usual, you guys are great teachers! I learnt much faster through you and kyeong eun’s teaching! explanations and examples are clear and helpful ^^ Keep up the good work!

  • 카린

    If I want to say: “I will listen to music until I get home” could I say: 집에까지 음악 듣을 거예요. I feel like it’s completely wrong.

    • heey

      집까지 음악 들을거에요/ 음악 들으면서 집에 갈거에요