Level 3 Lesson 1 / too much or very / 너무

Welcome to Level 3, everyone! And congratulations on finishing Level 1 and Level 2. In this lesson, we are introducing an expression that is very commonly used, and in two opposite meanings, too. The expression is 너무 [neo-mu] and it can be used to mean both “very” in positive sentences and “too much” in negative sentences. Listen in to learn more about how it is used!

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Level 3 Lesson 1 / too much or very / 너무
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  • weisefading

    does 키 also mean back as in the body part? and is the hanja this one 背?

  • faiza

    이 케이크 너무 맛있어요 , 뭐로 만들었어요 ?? = this cake is very delicious , how did you make it ??
    요즘 공부하서 너무 바빠요 . = these days i was very busy for studying
    어제 너무 피곤했어요 = yesterday i was too tired
    오늘 너무 추워요 = it’s very cold today

    • Helena Blažková

      뭐로 만들었어요? = rather than “How did you make it?” it’s like “What is it made of?”. The sentence is correct anyway! 😀

      I still didn’t do the -서 thing, so I’m not sure about the 2nd sentence, lol

      I believe that the last two sentences are just right! 😀

    • faiza

      I used 서 for showing the reason
      i was trying to say that i’m busy with studies
      thnks a lot 정말 감사합니다 ^^

  • Helena Blažková

    A: 이 의문 너무 어려워요. 도와주세요. (This question is too difficult. Help me, please.)

  • Malori Green

    ㅋㅋㅋ 이 오디오 너무 재미 있어요, 그런데 너무 짧아요!

    지금, TTMIK이랑, 제가 한국어를 너무 잘 해요 그래서 선생님들이 너무 너무 감사합니다~

  • 수업에 너무 싶지 않아요. = I really don’t want to go to class.
    만약 지금 운동하면, 너무 피곤할 거예요. = If I work out now, I’ll be really tired.
    바지가 너무 짧아서 안 샀아요. = Since the pants were too short, I didn’t buy them.
    그 남자 눈이 너무 예뻐요. = That guy’s eyes are very pretty.

  • Ayda bouk

    I can’t download it , help me please ㅜㅜ

  • Ben Tucker

    Haha, I just did this lesson and now I’m seeing 너무 everywhere on HelloTalk. Mostly with people saying 너무 더워 since there’s a heat wave in Korea at the moment apparently.

  • 감사합니다

  • Maria

    너무피곤해. 그런데 이 라이브쇼 보야 돼요. -> I’m too tired, but i gotta watch this live show.

  • اسماء

    오늘 뭔가를 받았어요 그래서 저는 너무 기뻐요.

  • Aya

    오늘은 일찍 일어났어요 , 그래서 저는 지금 너무 졸려요.

  • McKenzie Rodwell

    이거 신발 너무 비싸요. 그렇지만 저는 아직 살 거예요.

  • Trinity Pate

    Thanks for another great lesson!!

    My practice questions:

    이 수업이 너무 좋아요!! 너무 좋아해요!! – This class is really good!! I like it so much!!
    지금 공부하지 않으면 내일 시험은 너무 어려울 거예요. 그래서 잘 못 할 거예요 – If you do not study now, the test tomorrow will be too hard. Therefore you won’t do well
    요즘 너무 졸려요. 그래서 일 잘 못 해요 – Recently I’m too tired and therefore I can’t work well

    정말 감사합니다!!

  • 이상민

    한국어 배우는 거 너무 재미있지만 가끔 너무 어려워요. (learning korean is very fun but its sometimes very difficult)

  • Diana

    제가 한국어를 TTMIK로 공부하다 너무 좋아해요, 그렇지만 수학을 나의 선생님으로 배우다 너무 싫어요.

  • Chess8Ko

    It’s really tasty
    너무 맛있어요
    It’s really good
    너무 좋아요
    It’s really well done
    너무 절했어요
    That guy is really cool
    저 사람 너무 멋있어요
    I really like this
    이거 너무 좋아요
    It’s too noisy here
    여기 너무 씨끄러워요
    It’s really good but it’s too expensive
    이거 너무 좋아요, 그런데 너무 비싸요

  • Marcin Orlowski

    너무 추운 날씨!!!>_<

  • 조슈아

    이 피자 너무 커요.
    This pizza is too big.

    저는 맥주 너무 좋아요. 어, 저기요! 하나 맥주개 주세요.
    I like beer too much. Oh, excuse me! One beer please!

    Corrections are welcome,

    • Ivis Benavides

      하나 맥주개 주세요 –>맥주 한 병 주세요

    • 조슈아


    • li

      저는 맥주 너무 좋아요. 어, 저기요! [한] 맥주개 주세요.
      You 하나 would turn into 한 if you’re using it to count things/people. 둘 would be 두, 넷 would be 네 and 셋 would be 세. c:

  • mariez

    mariez on kakao. add meee 🙂

  • Amal

    이 lesson 너무 쉬어요

  • Cathal Dunne

    Some practice sentences.
    이 수박은 너무 커요. This watermelon is too big.
    시험은 너무 어려워요 The test is too difficult.
    오늘 만날 수 없어요. 너무 바빠요. I can’t meet today. I’m too busy.

  • Toni-ann Thompson

    너무 매운. 그런데, 먹을 수 없어요.
    It’s too spicy so i can’t eat it.

    • Rob

      *너무 매워서 먹을 수 없어요
      매운 is the verb 맵다 + 은/ㄴ to make it an adjective
      So you could say 매운 음식 (spicy food) but you can’t end the sentence with 매운, it’d have to be 매워요 (ㅂ irregular)

  • Mochi

    저는 너무 행복해요.

  • Isadora_Quagmire

    저는 과고에 대해 노무 생각하고 싶지 않아요 – I don’t want to think too much about the past
    사무실에서 해햐 할 일이 너무 많아요! – there is too much work to be done at the office!
    슈퍼맨이 우리를 살려줄 것이니까 너무 걱정하지 마라 – Superman will save us, so don’t worry.

  • Waleska Salazar

    이 커피는 너무 더워요. This coffee is too hot.
    티셔츠는 노무 비싸요. The t-shirt is too expensive.
    이 역사책은 너무 재미있어요. This history book is very interesting.