Level 3 Lesson 18 / nothing but, only / 밖에 + 부정형


안녕하세요! Welcome to Level 3 Lesson 18! In this lesson, we look at how to say “nothing but” or “only” in Korean. We learned the expression -만 [-man] which means “only” too in a previous lesson, but in this lesson we look at an expression more commonly used to mean “nothing but” in Korean.

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Level 3 Lesson 18 / nothing but, only / 밖에 + 부정형
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  • britt

    Can you use 밖에, or 만 for that matter, in conjunction with 위해서? For example:
    공부를 위해서밖에 시간이 없을 것 같아요.
    공부를 위해서만 시간이 있을 것 같아요.

  • jee

    on the last sample sentence, why isn’t there an adjective particle? like 왜 공부’하는’ 밖에 안 해요? is it because 공부 is used as a noun, not an adjective?

  • 감사합니다

  • Malori Green

    우리 엄마는 개밖에 안 좋아해요.
    저는 학교밖에 안 가요.
    DramaFever에서 저는 런닝맨밖에 안 봐요.

  • 야신

    제 친구는 축구밖에 안 놀아요. (My friend plays only soccer/football).
    탁자 위에 빵밖에 없어요. (There is only bread on the table).

  • اسماء

    저는 한국어 저녁에 공부 밖에 안 해요.. Is it correct? Can I say 저는 한국어 저녁만 공부해요.?
    I want to ask why didn’t we use the way we leaned in level 2 which is making verbs into nouns like 보기만 해요?

  • 이 식당이 샌드위치 밖에 없어요. = This restaurant only has sandwiches.
    우리 학교는 휴게실 한 개 밖에 없어요. = Our school only has one student lounge.
    어머니께 콜라 밖에 안 드셔요. = My mother only drinks cola.
    *왜 요즘 눈 밖에 안 와요? = Why does it only snow lately?
    *not sure if that one is right

  • McKenzie Rodwell

    우리 기숙사는 일 세탁 방 한 개 일밖에 없어요. Our dorm only has one working laundry room.
    저는 춤 밖에 안 해요. i only dance
    please correct me if i’m wrong

  • 楊玉嬿

    In Chinese, we sometimes say “我有的是時間”. In Korean, is it correct to say “시간 밖에 없어요.”?

  • 이상민

    저는 영어랑 프랑스를 잘 할수있는데, 한국어는 저금 밖에 못해요. i can speak english and french well, but i can only speak a little korean.
    제 친구들 중에 한국인 친구가 1명 밖에 없는 것 가타요. among my friends i think i only have one korean friend.

  • Sequoia

    왜 이 책 밖에 안 빌렸어요?= Why did you only borrow this book?
    어젯밤은 너 술 밖에 안 마셨잖아요= You know, last night you did nothing but drink alcohol.
    우리 언니는 콜라 밖에 안 미실 것 같아요.= I think my sister will drink nothing but Cola.

  • A.L.

    이본 주 한국어 밖에 공부 안 해요.

  • Trinity Pate

    너무 감사합니다!! 이 수업 너무 좋았어요!!

    이거 좋은 생각 밖에 안 해요 – Only this is a good idea
    소파 위에 밖에 안 잘 거예요 – I shall only sleep on the Sofa
    오늘 밤에 아주 바빠서 이 숙제 밖에 안 할게요 – Since I’m quite busy tonight, I will only do this homework (if you don’t object)


    • Chris

      바뻐서* I think 😉

    • Trinity

      Ah thanks for checking my sentences!! I thought it was actually 바빠서, but I may be wrong!?

    • Duaa

      humm I think 바빠서 is not wrong.. which means : I’mheshe.. busy SO……

  • Ha Lam

    우리 여동생들이 만화책 밖에 안 읽어요.
    My younger sisters read nothing but comic

    • HSK

      내 동생들은 만화책 밖에 안 읽어요.

    • Ha Lam

      I think using “우리” will be better. Because… um, could you repeat this lesson and find out the answer in the end of lesson? 😀

    • HSK

      너는 왜 공부밖에 안 하니? is the answer.
      It’s very subtle difference but, In your sentence 내 is little bit better than 우리 to make it sound natural. at least for me, you can still use 우리 though.

    • Ha Lam

      Ah…I see. So I will be more careful when using 내 and 우리 in the future
      정말 고마 워요! 😀

  • bangtan is damn

    저는 한국의 드라마들을 밖에 안 봐요 ㅋㅋㅋ

  • Ami Jong Hyun

    한국어 공부를 밖에 없어요

  • SpaceBanana

    A 20 minutes lesson ??? o_O OK lemme look at the PDF lol

  • ryebun17

    Can you use 밖에 with – 지 않아요 as well?