Level 3 Lesson 24 / 르 irregular / 르 불규칙

안녕하세요! We have another lesson on irregular verb conjugations in Korean today! Today we are talking about the 르 irregular, which you can find in verbs like 모르다 (to not know), 고르다 (to pick), etc.

This is one of the “easier” irregularities in Korean. Listen in to find out more about it and hear sample phrases. Be sure to pick up the free PDF as well!

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Level 3 Lesson 24 / 르 irregular / 르 불규칙
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  • Esat Armağan Kaymaz

    저는 이 물건을 날랐어요.
    I carried this item.

    • JooyeonPark

      네 맞아요! 🙂

  • Matt

    여러분 축가 불렀어요. = Everyone chanted the anthem.

    감사합니다 for the lesson.

    • JooyeonPark

      모두 다 축가를 불렀어요.

      Thanks! 🙂

    • Matt

      아이고. 저가 안 가까웠어요… = Ugh. I wasn’t even close …

      감사합니다 for the corrections!

  • César Duarte

    저는 보호소에서 고양이를 골랐어요.

    • Seokjin Jin

      잘 썼어요! Great job!

  • Jeeztiff

    일은 이렇게 됀줄 몰랐어요.
    I didn’tK know thing would turn out like this.

    민호 씨는 일 하는게 너무 빨라서 팀장님은 민호 씨를 진짜 좋아해요 .
    The manager really like Minho because he works really fast.

    Thank you for correction!!
    수고하셨습니다 !~

  • Lloyd

    TTMIK 선생님들이 안녕하세요! 오래동안 TTMIK로 공부했는데 오늘부터 커멘트 남길거예요. 이번 레슨 (처음) 커멘트:

    한국에 5년 살았는데 시간이 너무 빨리 가네요! 시간이 너무 빨라서 무서워요…

  • Peter

    기차는 빠르지만, 비행기는 더 빨라요.
    Trains are fast, but planes are faster.

    빠른 차가 좋아서 페라리를 골랐어요.
    I picked the Ferrari because I like fast cars.

    거북이를 기르고 있는 사람이 몰라요.
    I don’t know anyone who has a turtle (as a pet).

  • Asha

    Can we say :
    머리 길러요 ?? Well like when you say I leave my hair to grow ?
    I heard this once but am not sure if it is 길데 or another word !!! Can you help me plz 🙂 thanx 🙂

  • 안녕하세요. PDF 래선의 title 맞지않아요. The title says “Word builder 1″instead of “르 irregular / 르 불규칙” 🙂


  • Thomas Osekowsky


    In the lesson, you mentioned that the 르 verbs ONLY takes on this irregular double ㄹ form when they have the endings 아/어/여요, 아/어/여서, and 았/었/였어요, and in ALL other cases they do not take on this form.

    However, one example given in the workbook is “Even though I call, there is no answer.” The translation given in the answer key is, “불러도 대답이 없어요.” In this case 부르다 also take on this irregular double ㄹ form when it ends in ~도.

    So, does this apply to all 르 verbs ending with ~도? For example, 달라도 길러도 골라도 눌러도 골라도 ect.

    If so, I think you should make a change in the lesson to include ~도 to the irregular form, because it was mentioned explicitly in the lesson that the irregular form ONLY applies to the three endings mentioned above. Unless 불러도 is a specific exception…


    • HANYO

      Maybe you’ve found the answer but I’ll answer anyway. 도 is not an ending, it’s a particle. The structure for “even though” is 아/어/여+도 so the ending here is 아/어/여; that’s why 부르다 has to changed to 불러 first and then add 도 at the end 🙂

  • 감사합니다

  • Kim Nhung

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  • sarah

    but how do I know if i have to add -asseoyo or -eosseoyo?

  • 야신

    제 개가 그 고양이보다 더 빨라요. (My dog is faster than that cat).
    저는 제 남동생을 불러서 공원에서 놀았어요. (I called my younger brother and then played at the park).

    *Called as in calling his name.

  • اسماء

    The last sentence you added 었어요!! Why? All the other examples you added 았어요. Btw 석진 씨 감사합니다. (I spelled your name wrong sorry).

  • marci

    진짜 재미있어요! 마아주 짧은 시간에 많이배웠어요. 감사합니다! <3 <3

  • McKenzie Rodwell

    저는 가기 바지 잘랐어요. i’m going to cut my pants
    저는 수영은 몰라요. 🙁 i don’t know how to swim

  • Ikraan [이크란]

    감기 걸려 몰랐어요. 지금 괜찮으세요 ?