Level 2 Lesson 18 / to be good/poor at ~ / 잘 하다/못 하다

안녕하세요. What are some things that you are good at? And what are some things that you are not so good at?

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Level 2 Lesson 18 / to be good/poor at ~ / 잘 하다/못 하다
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  • salsal

    저는 먹는것을 좋아해요. 그러지만 요리를잘 못 해요. 엉엉- I like to eat but i´m not good at cooking *crying*
    저는 요즘 자를 잘 못 했어요 그래서 잘공부할 수 없어요 – these days i´m not sleeping well so i can´t study well.
    ~could i use 잘 before 공부?
    저는 한국어를 잘 하고 싶어요. 열심히 공부할거에요!! – i want to be good at korean. I will study hard!!
    매년 여름는 가족하고 바다에 가요.그래서 저는아주 수영을 잘 해요- Every summer i go to the beach with my family. so i´m really good at swimming.
    *Please correct me
    And thank you for another great lesson !! Talk to me in korean 감사합니다!

    • Trinity

      안녕하세요 ^_^ I think your sentences are really good, there are just a couple of things I noticed:

      그러지만 —>그렇지만

      자를 잘 못 했어요 —> 잘 못 자요 (자다 is not a 하다 verb so you just place 잘 못 in front of the conjugated verb – or you could even turn 자다 into a noun and say: 자기를 잘 못 해요)

      And I think, but not 100% sure, that it is better to put 공부(를) 잘 할거예요
      공부할 거에요 —> 공부할 거예요

      I’m not an expert at all, so I may be wrong, but I think these were the only things. 잘 했어요!! 화이팅 ^_^

    • salsal

      oh thank you so much!! yeh with the 하다 verbs i have to use the 를/을 like i did with 자다 (but that one was wrong lol). I’m going to practice this lesson and try to make some more sentences
      and i have been writing 그러지만 in every lesson so thank you for poiting that out.

    • Trinity

      No worries! 화이팅 ^_^

  • Chess8Ko

    I’m not good at singing
    노래를 잘못 헤요
    My friend is good at swimming
    저 친구는 수영을 잘 해요
    I am bad at solving puzzles
    저는 퍼즐을 잘못 풀어요
    My handwritting is not good
    저는 글씨를 잘 못 써요
    I’m not good at writing
    저는 글을 잘 못 써요
    Are you good at eating spicy food?
    메운 것 잘 먹어요?

  • ryebun17

    제 친구 일본어 말을 잘 못 해요.
    My friend is not good at speaking Japanese.
    문을 잘 쎠요.
    I can write a text good.

    마자요? 😉

  • ryebun17

    제 자매가 프랑스어를 잘 공부해요, 그런데 수영을 진짜 잘 못 해요.
    My sister is good at studying french, but she’s really not good at swimming.

  • 클레어 쌤

    저는 한국어 글씨를 잘써요. 그렇지만 말하기를 잘 못해요 :/
    I am good at writing Korean but I am not so good at speaking.

    제 언니가 스페인어를 정말 잘해요.
    My older sister speaks Spanish very well.

    저는 다리는 것은 좋아해요 그런데 잘 못해요.
    I like running but I can’t do it well.

    수영은 거 좋아해요 그리고 정말 잘해요.
    I like swimming and I do it very well.

    저는 한국어 말을 잘 못해서 지금부토 열심히 공부할거예요.
    I am not good at speaking Korean so, from now I will study hard.

    Hi guys, I am out of practice and was a little confused by the lesson so please correct my sentences if you can 🙂

    • 조슈아

      In the 3rd sentence, you have running as 다리다 when it should be 달리다. There needs to be a space, in your sentences, between 잘/못 and your verbs. You may want to review your ‘는/은’ particles because I think I see a few mistakes. For example: in the 3rd sentence, you have both yourself, and the verb of running as your topic. I know this reply is 2 months after you wrote this, so you probably already know most of what I am saying (assuming you’ve kept at your studies). Regardless, I hope it helps!

  • Clara Galacho

    요리를 잘 해요
    댄스를 잘 못 해요
    노래를 못 해요
    한국어를 잘 못 해요 근데 공부하고 있어요

    • Pia Crdn

      저도 요리를 잘 하고 싶어요.
      노래를 전혀 못 해요. ㅋㅋㅋ!

  • Pia Crdn

    우리 오빠는 달리기를 잘 못 해요 그런데 그 사람이 수영을 수 있어요 그리고 글씨를 정말 잘 해요. 저기 그 사람을 진짜 사랑해.

    저는 영어랑 필리핀어를 정말 잘 해요 그렇지만 아직 한국어를 잘 못 해요. 안습이다… ☹︎☹︎☹︎

  • absolutely

    Can someone explain to me the part where they mention about being careful with the accent when you say 잘 못 하다? It is between 7:16-8:36 minute.. I have repeated it a few times but I still cannot get what they are saying :/

    • LiliCakes

      I was also very confused about this part too. It seems they were pronouncing it the same way???

    • Lexie

      it’s basically that with no space, it means that you specifically made a mistake doing something, but if you add a space, it just means you’re bad at doing something
      잘못해요 = i messed up
      잘 못해요 = i didn’t do well

    • Haru haru

      I see… So is it right to say that the difference will be more obvious in written than spoken? Or there’s a difference in pronunciation when spoken?

  • Yuki

    매운 거 잘 먹어요, 정말 좋아요.

  • dearbangtan

    매운 거 못 먹어요.

  • María Paz

    매운 거 조금 잘 먹어요. 2년 잔 매운 거 잘 못 먹었어요.

  • Catsy

    언어를 배우는 것을 잘 할 수 있지만, 말하는 것을 잘 못해요.

  • Lexie

    매운 거 잘 먹어요! 매운 거 너ㅓㅓㅓㅓ무 좋아해요

  • Ami Walker

    저는 잘 못 수학어요.
    네 시 오십 분

  • Amal

    저는 사진 찍기를 잘 해요.

  • 재씨

    저는 달리기를 잘 못 해요. 그렇지만 매일 달려요.
    I am not good at running. But I run everyday.


  • Cathal Dunne

    Some practice sentences
    농구를 잘 해요? Do you play basketball well?
    요리를 잘 해요 I cook well
    저는 한국어 잘 말해요 그런데 일본어를 잘 못 말해요 I speak Korean well, but I don’t speak Japanese well
    제 친구는 테니스를 잘 쳐요 My friend plays tennis well
    제 동생은 편지 잘 못 써요 My younger sister doesn’t write letters well

  • Skye

    Practice sentences 🙂
    저는 영어 잘 말해요. 그리고 한극어 배우다!
    I can speak English well. And I am learning Korean!
    요리를 잘 해요 그렌데 감치를 못 해요
    I can cook well but I can’t make kimchi
    제 누나는 수영 못 해요. 저도 수영 못 해요
    My older sister can’t swim. I too can’t swim
    (I’m not sure if there’s a way to say ‘either’, but would ‘too’ work as well?)

    Please somebody correct me if these are wrong, 감사합니다!

  • Waleska Salazar

    Practice sentences!
    저는 한글 읽을 못 해요 I can’t read Hangul
    저는 기타를 잘 치어요 I play guitar very well
    저는 일본어를 잘 못 해요 I’m not good at speaking Japanese

    • Dean Voets

      The first sentence is off I think. Reading is 읽다 so you need to make it into a verb with the -gi ending:
      저는 한글 읽기 못 해요
      But the sentence already has the noun 한글 so I think you can just say:
      저는 한글 못 읽어요

  • erika

    is this correct?
    geu-neun piano chi-reul-gi mot haessseoyo. geurode, jigeum geu chi-neun geo-reel jal haeyo?

  • aly.

    its my first time commenting and im hoping you could answer my question.id like toask whats the difference between “ 운전을 수 있어요” and “운전할 수 있어요” are they the same?

    • TFWarcry

      I’m not a natural speaker so I’m not sure if this is 100% correct, but from what I know the correct one is 운전할 수 있어요. This is because 운전 is the noun, 운전하다 is the verb, so 운전하다 becomes 운전할 수 있어요.
      Using 을 is when you’re [verb]ing the object (weird way to put it oops), for example: 책을 읽어요 – The 을 comes after 책 because that is the object. 읽다 is the verb.

  • Jonaye

    제 엄마는 퍼즐을 좋아해요. 그런데 잘 못 풀어요.

  • Jo-c C.

    Can I say this for “I am a bit good at cooking”? –> 저는 조금 요리 잘해요.

    • Jed Santiago

      I think this makes more sense, 저는 요리를 조금 잘해요.

  • Dean Voets

    Question: Is there a difference between these two sentences? (with mot meaning am unable to) Which one would you use?
    일본어 못 해요
    일본어 할 수 없어요

    • Kaiimeira

      The previous lesson does cover that. I think both are correct but 일본어 못 해요 is used more commonly

  • Amanda T

    잘 못춤춰요 그렇지만 진짜 잘 춤추고 싶어요.
    Does this make sense? How can I improve it?

  • Sara

    네 동생이 진짜 글을 잘 써요. My younger brother is a good writer.

  • Zeke Flint

    나는 트롬본 연주를 잘 해요. 그런데 한국어 말을 잘 못 해요. ㅋㅋㅋ

  • 조슈아

    제 친구는 아무 수학을 잘 해요.
    My friend is very good at math.

    제 남동생은 별리 수학은 못 공부해요.
    My younger brother isn’t very good at studying math.

    노래를 잘 못 해요.
    I can’t sing well.