Level 3 Lesson 11 / ㅂ irregular / ㅂ 불규칙

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Level 3 Lesson 11 / ㅂ irregular / ㅂ 불규칙
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  • Trinity Pate


    TTMIK에서 공부하기 전에 한국어 너무 어려웠어요 – Before studying at Talk To Me In Korean, Korean was too difficult.
    그래서 지금은 전에보다 쉬워요 – Therefore it is easier now than before
    오늘은 정말 더워서 3시간에쯤 누웠어요 – Today it was really hot so I lay down for about three hours

  • Ha Lam

    한국어 음식 정말 매워요
    Korean food is very spicy.

  • Chess8Ko

    This problem is difficult
    이 문제가 어려워요
    this is so cute
    이거 너무 귀여워요
    In Seoul, it’s really cold in winter
    서울은 겨울에 너무 추워요
    If you study at TTMIK, studying korean is easy
    TTMIK에서 공부 하면, 한국어 공부가 쉬워요

  • ryebun17

    1. 오늘은 날씨가 정말 추워요.
    2. 먹요일 진짜 덥을 거예요.
    3. 어제 제 아버지 생일 있어서 케이크 구웠어요.
    4. 경은 언니 너무 아름다워요.
    5. 개 고치지 마세요! 씨워요.

    1. Today the weather is really cold.
    2. Thursday it‘s going to be really hot.
    3. Today was my father‘s birthday so I was baking a cake.
    4. Kyeongeun is very beautiful.
    5. Don‘t touch the dog. He bites.

    (Please correct if wrong :))

    • Desmond Tordsen

      개 만지지 마세요! 씹어요!

  • ryebun17

    1. 진짜 스위스에 살고 싶어요? 겨울에 너무 추운 것 같아요.
    2. 주말 도 일해서 침대위에 밖에 눕고 안 싶어고 자고 싶어요. 지금.
    3. 오늘 숙제 쉬워요? 그럼 도와 주세요.

    1. Do you really want to live in Switzerland? I think it‘s really cold in the winter.
    2. I worked on the weekend as well I just want to lie down on my bed right now and sleep.
    3. Is your homework easy? If so, please help me.

  • Pat

    이 김치찌개는 진짜 매워요.
    열심히 공부하면, 한국어 공부가 쉬워요.

  • 조슈아

    굽고 있는 미워요.
    I hate baking.

    Now in this sentence, with the ‘ㅂ’ irregular, should I remove it and make it into ,구우고?
    They only talked about it being different with tense conjugations really, so should I just assume it is strictly for tense conjugations and that the above example sentence is correct?

    • Ivis Benavides

      Yea this is correct. They mentioned it only takes the irregular form if the suffix following the verb stem starts with a vowel in this case it is -고 있다 so the ㅂ stays

    • 조슈아

      Ah, my bad. Similar to the ㄷ irregular I guess.

  • Luke Kim

    Can anyone help me answer this: why is the future tense of 돕다 “도울 거예요” and not “도올 거예요”? If the verb before the ㅂ is an ㅗ, shouldn’t we use ㅗ when conjugating into the future tense? Thanks in advance.

    • Ivis Benavides

      That’s because the future tense suffix “ㄹ/을” has a vowel so 돕다 takes on the irregular form “도우” which will make it 도울 거예요.

    • Daphne Norris

      But why is it 도 우? Shouldn’t it be 도 오? ㅂ becomes ㅗ since there is an ㅗ in the verb stem? Why not “도 올 거예요”?

    • Ivis Benavides

      I had the same issues when I first came past this as well and I haven’t found an answer for it yet. I do know that 도울 거예요 is correct though, and ㅂ irregulars seem to have a couple of irregularities that don’t follow the rules described here. For example, the word 외롭다, if we follow the rules here, would be 외로와요 but the correct form is actually 외로워요. So you have to be a bit more careful when conjugating these.

    • Jazz McClure

      I came to the comments section to ask this same question…has anyone had any luck with figuring out why it’s 도울 거예요 and not 도올 거예요?

  • ryebun17

    1. 강아지 너무 귀여워!
    2. 어제는 태형 오빠의 23 생일 한테 생일 케이그 구웠어요.
    3. 오늘은 숙제 진짜 어려워죠, 도와 주세요.
    4. 강아지 것 씹는거 귀여워.

    1. The puppy is really cute.
    2. Yesterday I baked a cake for Taehyung’s 23th birthday.
    3. As for today, the homework is really difficult, please help me.
    4. The dog chewing his food is really cute.

  • Kay

    오늘 피곤해서 밥은 전에 방에서 누을거여요.
    Today i am tired so I will rest in my room before dinner.
    제 친구는 슬퍼에요. 그래서 친구힌테 케이크을 굽어고 가져올거여요.
    My friend is sad so I will bake and bring him a cake.
    저 남자는 아마 문제 같아요. 그렇지만 아직 아름다워요.
    It seems that man may be a problem, however he is still beautiful.

    • Ivis Benavides

      오늘은 피곤해서 밥전에 방에서 누을거여요 –> 오늘은 피곤해서 밥 먹기 전에 방에서 누울 거예요
      제 친구는 슬퍼에요. 그래서 친구힌테 케이크을 굽어고 가져올거여요 –> 제 친구는 슬퍼요. 그래서 친구한테 케이크를 굽고 가져올 거예요

  • Sandra Källgren

    쉐덴은 요즘 너무 추워서 진짜 미워요!

    오늘 셔츠는 사요. 그렇지만 매우 넓어요…

    저는 아름다운 김종현아 보고싶어요…

  • Daphne Norris

    Can someone please explain Section III Comprehension for workbook Level 3 Lesson 11? We were taught that ㅂ verbs have irregular forms ONLY WHEN the suffix following the verb stem starts with a vowel. Since all of the verb stems in this lesson end with ㅂ, shouldn’t all of them act the same as 돕다 = 돕 + 는 것 = 돕는 것? Following that pattern, why is 어렵다 not … well autocorrect won’t even let me type it wrong…Why are numbers 1, 18, & 19 different from the rest?

    • Ivis Benavides

      I haven’t studied in a couple of months so maybe someone else can give a better answer, but if you look at the 3 that are different they are all action verbs while the rest are descriptive verbs. Going back to chapter 9 of this level, they explained how present tense for descriptive verbs is -(으)ㄴ 것 and present tense of action verbs is -는 것 so this is where the difference comes from.

    • Daphne Norris

      Thank you for your responses, Ivis. I feel like I’m far behind everyone else since the other posts here are from several years ago.

    • Ivis Benavides

      Just keep at it and don’t give up the hardest part is staying motivated and consistent with your studies something i’m struggling with right now lol. Good luck!

  • Cathal Dunne

    Some practice sentences
    샹하이는 여름에 진짜 더워요. The summer in Shanghai is really hot.
    만약 일본에 살으면, 일본어 공부가 쉬워요. If you live in Japan it is easy to study Japanese.
    어제 케익을 구웠어요. 맛있겠다! I baked a cake yesterday. It will be delicious.
    이 밥을 진짜 매워요. 조심해요! This meal is really spicy. Be careful.
    그 강아지는 너무 귀여워요! That puppy is really cute!

  • Toni-ann Thompson

    오늘은 정말 더워요.
    Today is really hot

  • Kristen Parks

    Is there a difference between silpa and mipda? Are they interchangeable?

  • Amal

    In the last sentence why is 공부 instead of 공부하는 거?! 감사합니다

    • Amal

      Used instead of*

    • Desmond Tordsen

      My guess is that its is because 공부 is already in the noun form. The purpose of 는 거 is to change a verb into a noun. With the 하다 verbs, they all can become nouns just by removing the 하다. In Korean there are multiple ways to make verbs into nouns.

  • Miskyo Chan

    저눈 가기 겅에 누와요.
    I go to my room to lie down.

    • Desmond Tordsen

      I think it is 저는 내 방에 가서 누워요