Level 2 Lesson 22 / to like / 좋다 vs 좋아하다

안녕하세요, 여러분! What are some things that you like? What are some thing that you don’t like? Talking about what you like or love is one of the first things that you get to learn to do when learning a foreign language. Let us find out how to say that you like something in Korean. And if you already know the verb 좋다 [jo-ta], let us also find out what the difference between 좋다 and 좋아하다 is. Be sure to pick up the free PDF and leave us comments! We love you all!

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Level 2 Lesson 22 / to like / 좋다 vs 좋아하다
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  • super junior is good so i like super junior the most
    i like super junior ‘s more than sj’ s song
    heechul is pretty and i treat eunhyuk like a beauty
    learning is unlikeable but i hate cooking more
    TTMIK is good

    슈퍼수니어가 좋아요 그래서 저는 슈퍼주니어를 제일 좋아해요
    슈퍼주니어는 누래보다 댄스를 더 좋아해요
    희철씨가 예뻐요 그리고 은혁씨를 예뻐해요
    공부를 싫어요 그런데 공부보다 요리를 더 싫어해요
    TTMIK가 좋아요
    선생님 정정해 주세요

    • 슈퍼주니어는 누래보다 댄스를 더 좋아해요 > 슈퍼주니어의 노래보다 댄스를 더 좋아해요.

      Thanks for your comment.

    • Oh great I like super junior too, and I love talk to me in Korean too thank you so much..

    • mj

      i love super junior

  • nurida

    i like all of TTMIK’s teachers ^0^
    sorry i havent yet been able writing korean -_-

  • Andre

    Hi ,I still don’t get the different’s between adding the 가 and 를

    • Basically 가 marks the subject of the verb, i.e. the thing that IS DOING the verb or that the verb is done BY.
      를 marks the object of the verb, i.e. what the verb is done TO.

      So “ABC가 XYZ를 좋아해요” means “ABC likes XYZ”
      and “ABC가 좋아요” means “ABC is good”

      You can’t have 를 with 좋아요 because the verb “to be good” can be done BY something, but not TO anything.

      Hope that helps. =)

  • Francis

    저는 경은 을 좋아해요.

    저는 TTMIK 이 좋아요.

  • 네, 나는 너흴 제일 좋아해요!!!!

  • why is in te pdf standing 저좋아하세요 instead of 저좋아해요 ??
    thank you very much!!!^^ i learned a lot until now 😀

    • Mel

      yes! that’s exactly what i was wondering, i think it’s the same thing but asked diffrently.

  • 학규를 궁부는 안좋아해 근대 한국어가 궁부는 찐자 좋아해요!
    한국여자은 영국여자보다 더 예쁘다이면 한국은 영국은 더좋아요

  • Juanita Felicia

    저는 TTMIK를 진짜 좋아해요…
    나에게 가르침을 너무 감사합니다….
    앞으로 만히 부탁드립니다…
    감사합니다 선생님들.
    좋은 하루 되세요… ^_^

  • Ying


    저는한국어가좋아요.그래서, TTMIK 에서한국어공부해요좋아해요.

    Is that family members in Korean also call 가족? or please tell me another way to say family members in Korean.
    By the way, i really like to study Korean with you guys , it’s really fun! 재미있어요!

    감사합니다,선생님! ^^

    • You can also say “식구” for family members in Korean.

      저는한국어가좋아요. > 저는 한국어가 좋아요.

      TTMIK 에서한국어공부해요좋아해요.> TTMIK에서 한국어 공부하는 것을 좋아해요.

      그리고,제가족좋아해요. > 그리고 저희 식구들도 좋아해요.

      런닝멘도좋아해요. > 런닝맨도 좋아해요.

  • Kari

    How do you write “don´t” in korean ?? please tell me.

  • Ilya

    Are these right?

    현재 씨가 은이 씨를 좋아해요.
    집에 있는것을 싫어해요. 그런대 친구하고 영화 보는 것이 좋아요.
    뭐가 제일 좋아요? 김밥이 제일 좋아요.
    우유를 좋아해요? 커피를 좋아해요?

    • 집에 있는것을 싫어해요. > 집에 있는 것을 싫어해요.

      그런대 > 그런데

      Wow, you did a good job! 🙂

  • TTMIK를 너무 너무 좋아해요!
    TTMIK 너무 너무 좋아요! ㅋㅋ 진짜 좋아해요!
    그리고 더블에스 오공일가 좋아요. ^^

    I like korean because it is fun. 한국어 재미있어서 좋아해요! << 이거 맞아요?

    저는 우유를 마시는 것보다 주스를 마시는 것을 더 좋아해요.
    저는 주스를 마시는 것을 우유를 마시는 것보다 더 좋아해요.
    I would like to express "I like to drink juice more than drink milk."
    Which one is correct or both also wrong?

    How about this?
    저는 우유보다 주스 좋아해요. / 저는 우유보다 주스 좋아요.
    저는 우유보다 주스 더 좋아해요. / 저는 우유보다 주스 더 좋아요.
    저는 주스는 우유보다 더 좋아해요. / 저는 주스는 우유보다 더 좋아요.
    I like juice more than milk.

    Please comment. 감사합니다! ^^

    • 더블에스 오공일가 좋아요. ^^ > 더블에스 오공일이 좋아요.

      한국어 재미있어서 좋아해요! > Correct!

      저는 우유를 마시는 것보다 주스를 마시는 것을 더 좋아해요.
      저는 주스를 마시는 것을 우유를 마시는 것보다 더 좋아해요.
      Both sentences are correct! You can use both.

      저는 우유보다 주스 좋아해요. / 저는 우유보다 주스 좋아요.
      저는 우유보다 주스 더 좋아해요. / 저는 우유보다 주스 더 좋아요.
      As 좋아요 can mean just “to be good”, so it is more natural when you use “좋아해요 to like”.

      저는 주스는 우유보다 더 좋아해요. > 저는 주스를 우유보다 더 좋아해요.

  • sis_cute

    빅뱅 좋아요!

    선생님, how to spell my name in korean? it’s so unique i don’t even know how to write it T_T 제 이름은 adiff 이에요.

    너무 감사합니다!

  • Bea

    저는 보이프렌드가 너~무 좋아요. ㅋㅋ
    그리고, 제가TTMIK 수업는너무 좋아해요.
    그래서 한곡어랑 공부는 것 난 너무 좋아요.
    감사합니다 선생님! TTMIK화이팅!

    btw, can we have a korean surname?? hehe. just curious ^_^

    • Gregos

      너~무 many mistakes

      btw 보이프렌드 = 남자친구 I think

      저는 보이프렌드를 너~무 좋아요. (or 좋아해요 to be more correct)
      그리고, TTMIK 수업을 너무 좋아해요.
      그래서 한곡어랑 공부를 너무 좋아요. (I like Korean and studying very much)
      그래서 한곡어 공부를 너무 좋아요. (I like studying Korean very much)

  • Mel

    can we use 가 with 좋아하다 when we want to say that we like a person
    for exemple
    종현 가 좋아해요

    • Gregos

      No. It means “종현 likes”
      You either say “종현이 좋아요” – 종현 is good
      (btw it’s 이 not 가 because of consonant)

      or “종현을 좋아해요” – I like 종현

  • Priya

    안녕하세요! ^_^
    How would you say ‘Who is your favourite?’
    감사합니다 ^^
    P.s this is the best site ever, 진짜 재미있어요 ^o^

    • Gregos

      누가 제일 좋아요? I think..
      literally “(Your) who is most be liked?” or “Who is your most liked?”

  • 매일 우유 맛기 좋아해요.
    홍기가 좋아해요. =)

    • Gregos

      매일 우유 맛기 좋아해요. Wrong too. I’m not even sure what you tried to say.
      I like to drink milk every day:
      매일에 우유를 마시는 거를 좋아해요. or
      매일에 우유를 마시기를 좋아해요.

      Milk tastes good every day: 매일에 우유 맛이 좋아요.

      홍기가 좋아해요.
      What is 홍기?
      You said 홍기 likes. like what?

    • 매일에 우유를 마시는 거를 좋아해요. > 매일 우유(를) 마시는 것을 좋아해요.

      There is a famous singer named “홍기”. 🙂

  • HORAS….anniyong Haseyo…….
    it’s seem that too late to post comment, but better late than never, right? actually i still don’t pass level 2 yet..
    but i really enjoy learning with TTMIK, i like TTMIK very much, TTMIK joayo, nomu joayo. TTMIK jemi isoyo.
    But, i confused how to say ” i, me, my, mine” in Korean,
    i have listened about ” CHO, CHega, NA, Nanun”
    it’s little difficult for me to distinguish these, what the difference betwen these?
    isn’t Cho also means ” that (something far)”?
    i think that there is so many words in KOrean seems alike.
    such as, Nappun, Appun, ilpun, Sulpun..and so many more…
    is there an easy way to distinguish its..?
    thank u… Sem…(i mean seosangnim)

    • Gregos

      Let’s see if I remember all 😛

      Informal: 나, 난 (나는), 내가 (나+가)
      formal: 저, 저는 (전 didn’t see used yet), 제가 (저 + 가)

      inf: 나의 written and pronounced as 내
      for: 저의 => 제

      to me:
      inf: 나 + 에게 => 내게 (I think uncommon because 나 is informal, and 에게 is formal, so it’s mixed)
      for: 저 + 에게 => 제게

      But as they said in normal spoken form 한테 is used, instead 에게: 나한테 and even 저한테.

      저 means something far yes. But its 저 + noun + particle:
      저 건물이 멀어요 – That building (over there) is far.
      저거 뭐예요? – What is that (over there)?
      저는 그렉이에요. – I’m Greg

      Besides 이거, 그거 and 저거 also have contractions when combined with topic/subject particles:

      이거 + 는 = 이건
      이거 + 가 = 이게

      그거 + 는 = 그건
      그거 + 가 = 그게

      저거 + 는 = 저건
      저거 + 가 = 저게

      So a better way would be:
      저 사과가 진짜 맛있어요. That apple (over there) really tasty.
      저게 뭐예요? What is that (over there)?
      제가 안 먹어요. “I” didn’t eat. (answer to a question “Who didn’t eat?” with the subject marker)
      제게 들으세요 – Please listen to me.

      As you can see all examples begin with 저 in the original form, but they are changed, if you want to follow grammar rules, be formal, and clear, using particles. In casual conversion you would probably use 나 or 난 anyway (if at all), and they are different from all.

      About other words, yes, I also think they sound very similar. I can’t understand anything when they speak naturally. I need to listen like 10 times sometimes to distinguish words.
      But I think it’s matter of practice. After you learn grammar, you can start reading. And read out loud, pronounce the words, and phrases. Eventually it should become natural to you.
      Then watching movies with subtitles maybe.
      I think this how it’s gonna work for me. For now I can only read very slow. Yeah, seems takes too much time unfortunately. 🙂

  • Gregos

    By the way about this whole topic of 좋아요 and 좋아해요:

    I learned it’s called “action verbs” and “descriptive verbs”, something that English doesn’t have. In English only action type exist. So it’s pretty difficult stuff, to know what is what.

    This can help as background for this lesson, which may becomes more clear after this:
    He also said somewhere that descriptive verbs never come after object (를). Only 는 and 가.
    While action verbs can be both.
    This is technical stuff, but in the lesson teachers tried to explain and make sense with examples. It has logic though. You can listen to this lesson again, and understand better maybe.

    And here you can see the list of most common ones, in both categories:

    The navigation at the bottom. Dunno if it’s best source though. Just first thing I found.

  • Gregos

    What about these words:

    끝나다 – to be finished (descriptive):
    영화가 끝났어여 – Movie was finished
    저는 끝났어요 – I was finished (피곤했어요) – at least in other languages there’s such expression 🙂
    (저는) 영화를 끝났어여 – Grammatically incorrect.

    끝내다 – to finish something (action):
    영화가 끝냈어요 – Nonsense right? “Movie did finish…” what?
    영화를 끝냈어요 – I did finish the movie

    am I right about the difference between this pair?

  • Cassandra

    these particles are still confusing me…anyway i don’t mind going over and over the previous lessons. Na neomu neomu neomu joayo your site.. :))

  • 오미란

    석진 손생님, 저 손생님 에게 e-mail을 보내 있어요: jinseokjin@gmail.com
    보고 주세요.^^ 감사합니다.

  • Sentences:\
    1.일본의 사쿠라를 좋아해요.
    2.저는 매운거 좋아해요.

  • A : 소녀시대가 좋아요?
    B : 네. 소녀시대를 정말 좋아요.
    A : 오모! 저도.
    B : 너 수원 이에요?
    A : 네.
    B : 소녀시대 앨범가 있어요?
    A : 네. 소녀시대 앨범를 있어요.

  • Willow

    (1) 우유가 찐자 좋아요. 근데 안 좋아해요.
    (2) 우유는 찐자 좋은 음료 이지만, 좋아하지 읺아요.

    (milk is really good, but i don’t like it.)

    can (2) express a clearer meaning? or they actually mean the same thing? and my grammar…
    plz answer, thx:D

  • austin

    공부 안 해요
    안 좋아해요


  • Princess

    민호씨를 좋아해요. 그런데 온유씨도를 좋아해요. – I like Minho, but I also like Onew.
    강대성씨가 저를 좋아해요. – Daesung likes me ^^.

    • Peggy

      그런데 저는 강대성씨 좋아해요 :O

  • Peggy

    I don’t really understand the 하세요 ending…
    What’s the difference between it and 해요? Like when you had the sample “저 좋아하세요?” Why did you use that and not “저 좋아해요?”

    • lornah

      좋아해요 is just 좋아하 plus the present tense like they said in previous lessons when 하 and 여 are put together it makes 해 as for the whole 좋아하세요 the 세요 is used to make requests more polite 누구세,주세요, etc its not needed but they’re good for being polite 🙂

  • 네. 저는 TTMIK가 쫗아요. 현우 하고 경은 대박이에요.
    Yes I love TTMIK. Hyunwoo and Kyeong-eun are awesome.

  • angelavania

    hi, I wanna ask about ‘그럼’ (geu-reom)… the shortness of 그러면 (geureomyeon)…
    because sometimes 그럼 means “so”, but in other conversation I found it was mean “of course”……so, am I wrong? what’s the difference ?
    thanks a lot before :))

  • Kat

    켱은씨는 현우씨를 안 좋아해요.

  • cordam

    How do you say to like to do something,
    for example: “I like to watch movies” 영화를 보는것 좋아해요
    is it correct?

    • 학생

      Yes. But little tip. when you talk in first person, 좋아요 usually better. It’s not big deal, but when you ommit subjects, that’s one of the ways to figure out whether it’s something you like, or asking someone else.
      저는 영화를 보는 것이 좋아요. 그런데 제 친구는 콤퓨터 게임을 하는 것을 좋아해요.
      Well If you ask me, I like movies. But my friend (in contrast), likes computer games.

      어떤 취미가 있어요? What do you like to do? / Which hobby is yours?
      기타를 치는 것이 좋아요 I like playing guitar
      춤 추는 것은 좋아해요? and dancing, do you like it?

      There’s other words like this.. like 그립다, It descriptive verb to be missing (beloved person). Often heard in pop ballads.
      여자 친구가 그리워요 – I’m miss my girlf friend
      그 사람이 여자 친구를 그리워해요 – that man missing his girl friend.

    • cordam

      that was helpful. thank you!

  • Chris

    이 영화가 슬버요.
    (This movie is sad.)

    저는 슬버해요 때문에 이 영화를 보고 있었어요.
    (I am sad because I have been watching this movie.)

    현우를 좋아해요, 그런데 경은도 좋아해요!

    TTMIK 너무 너무 좋아요! 정말 좋아해요!

  • Gunel

    당신은 좋아요 그리고 제일 좋아해요! 🙂

  • susan

    TTMIK이 좋아요
    네. 저는 현우 씨 좋아해요 just a sample sentence 😉
    옷 많은 입어야 돼요
    지금 날씨가 주운 이에요
    점심는데 샐러드를 먹었어 그런데 수프를 뜨거온 먹어야 해요
    날씨가 주운 싫어요
    하와이로 여행하고 싶어요

    • susan

      oops! – 점심은
      Thanks for any corrections!

    • Greg

      네. 저는 현우 씨(를) 좋아해요
      많은 옷(을) 입어야 돼요 (따뜻한/두꺼운 옷 입어야 돼요)
      지금 날씨가 추워요 (춥다 => 추우어요)
      점심에는 샐러드를 먹었어요. 그런데 뜨거온 수프도 먹어야 해요
      추운 날씨가 싫어요
      descriptive form verbs before noun
      by the way that sentence I think is a bit weird. “At evening, I ate salad. But I also need to eat the hot soup”, or what you tried to say? I mean I can’t imagine the situation why would you say that 😀 There’s like no relation between lunch and the idea in the second sentence?
      You’re talking about salad and soup, and the fact that it was at lunch time just unrelated detail. That’s how it feels to me.
      Maybe better would be (저는) 샐러드는 점심에 먹었어요. 그런데 수프도 먹어야 해요. It’s like… You need to eat both, and as for the salad, I ate it at the lunch, but “unfortunately” there’s also soup left to eat

    • Greg

      or 오늘 점심에는 샐러드만 먹었어요. 그런데 내일은 뜨거운 수프를 먹을 거예요. Today at lunch, I ate only salad. But tomorrow, I will probably eat a hot soup.
      or 오늘 점심에는 샐러드를 안 먹었어요. 뜨거운 수프를 먹었어요.
      Today at lunch, I didn’t eat salad. I ate hot soup. (compared to usual days)
      or 점심에 샐러드는 안 먹었어요. 주로 수프를 먹었어요.
      Salad, I didn’t eat at lunch. Mainly soup.

      I don’t know if make sense… But need some relation between things in contrast/comparison, or it’s a bit messed up, but understandable.

    • susan

      This is what I was trying to write in the same order:
      TTMIK is good
      Yes. I like Hyun woo
      I have to wear a lot of clothes (because of the cold)
      The weather is cold now
      I ate salad for lunch but I should eat hot soup (because of the cold)
      I hate cold weather
      I want to travel to Hawaii

    • susan