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

    I have followed talktomeinkorean from level 1, and I will continue to study. Thank you for your great work. You’ve helped us the foreigners to study Korean much better and easily. Thank you.

  • 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

    • 잘랐어요 is past tense, not future.
      저는 수영할 줄 몰라요. = I don’t know how to swim.
      저는 수영을 못 해요. = I can’t swim. (not necessarily knowing how to)

    • McKenzie R

      Thank you

  • Ikraan [이크란]

    감기 걸려 몰랐어요. 지금 괜찮으세요 ?

  • 이상민

    a: 학교에 제일 빠른 사람은 누구예요? (whos the fastest person at our school?)
    b: 몰르겠어 근데 내가 좀 빨라요 (I dont know, but im pretty fast)

  • 제 성격과 언니 성격은 아주 달라요. (My personality and my sister’s personality are very different.)
    고등학교 때 스페인어를 배우지만 지금은 말을 잘 몰라요. (I learned Spanish when I was in High school, but now I can’t speak it.)
    오늘 아침에 나가기 전에 화장품을 발랐어요. (I put on makeup before going out this morning.)
    저는 돌잔치에서 연필을 골랐어요. (At my 1st birthday party I chose a pencil.)

  • Trinity

    Thanks, for the lesson, it’s really useful to know all the irregularities!

    죄송합니다 선생님. 여기에 여러분 몰라요 – Sorry teacher. Everyone here doesn’t know
    여행은 안 빨라서 잘 수도 있어요 Since the journey isn’t quick, I might sleep
    이거 안 골랐어요. 그래도 너무 해복해요 – I didn’t choose this one. But still I am really happy

    맞아요?? 정말 감사합니다!!

    • HSK

      죄송합니다 선생님. 여기 누구도 몰라요.
      여행은 짧지 않기에 저는 잘 수도 있어요.
      제가 이거 안 골랐어요. 그래도 너무 행복해요.

    • Trinity

      Ah okay, thank you!!

  • Chess8Ko

    What did you choose?
    뭐 골랐어요?
    I don’t know either
    저도 몰라요
    Planes are good because they are fast
    비행기는 빨라서촣아요
    Who cut the cake ?
    누가 케잌 잘랐어요?
    I had a rabbit as a pet for 5 years
    토끼를 5년 동안 길렀어요

  • ryebun17

    1. 내일 제 머리를 자르는 것 멀라요.
    2. 경제는 너무 재미있는 것 같아서, 이 학년 경제학 골랐어요.
    3. 먹는 하고 싶는 거 멀라요.
    4. 예진이 11년 길렀어요.

    1. I don‘t know if I should cut my hair tomorrow.
    2. I think economics is really interesting, and I choose economics this schoolyear.
    3. I don‘t know what I want to eat.
    4. I raised Yejin for 11 years.

  • ryebun17

    1. 어제 타누 씨 미용장에 머리를 잘랐어요. 진짜 예뻐요!
    2. 학교 후에 제 생일케이크 잘라서 먹어요.
    3. 일기 어디 있는 거 몰라요. 그런데 저 가지고 안 가요!

    1. Yesterday 타누 cut her hair at the hairdresser. It looks really pretty!
    2. After school I‘m going to cut and then eat my birthday cake.
    3. I don‘t know where your diary is. But I did not take it!

    Can someone help me with the sentence if you want to say „I don‘t know where … is“ how would you say that? 감사합니다!

    • Yuki

      (In my opinion) the 3rd would be:
      일기가 어디 있는지 몰라요. 그런데 저 그걸 가져가지 않았어요

      here: 그런데 저 가지고 안 가요! you’re like saying ”I’m not taking it with me” more than ”I didn’t take it”

  • 조슈아

    저는 자유의 길로까지 가는 골랐어요. 너도 할 수 있어요.
    I chose to go on the path of freedom. You can too.

    I learned 의 from someone in the comments awhile ago (can’t recall which one). But the point is, I am not sure if I am using it properly. So if that could be confirmed or denied, that’d be swell.

  • hhh thank you TTMIK teachers

  • Marcin Orlowski

    오늘 저는 머리가 안 잘라요. 저는 .제 머리가 예쁘요 ㅅㅇㅅ
    Today i’m not cutting my hairs. My hairs are pretty ^o^

  • Yuki

    고기를 모두 잘라요 그리고 야체를 잘 씻으세요 (Cut all the meat and wash the vegetables well)

    그 거양이는 너무 빨라서 잡을 수 없었어요 (That cat is too fast so I couldn’t catch it)

    왜 내 옷을 잘랐어? 이제 넌 나에게 새 옷을 사 줘야 해 (Why did you cut off my clothes? Now you have to buy me new clothes)

    긴 머리를 좋아해서 제 머리를 자주 안 잘라요 (I don’t cut my hair often because I like long hair)

    s: 일이 킅난 뒤에 뭐 할 거예요? (What are you going to do after work?)
    w: … 글쎄요… 몰라요… (Well… I don’t know…)

    제가 만약 실수를 했는지 알려 주세요

  • Cathal Dunne

    Some practice sentences
    무슨 손가락은 잘랐어요? Which finger did you cut?
    고양이 두 마리를 3년 동안 길렀어요. I raised two cats for three years.
    아직 아이가 안 걸렀어요. I haven’t raised any children yet.
    숙제는 어디예요? 아직 몰라요. 죄송해요! Where is the homework? I still don’t know. Sorry!
    지금 가야 되요. 고르세요! I have to go now. Please choose!

    I’m looking for some practice partners. If interested message me on Kakao.
    id: cathaldunne

  • BTS.-koi

    Sample sentences:

    1. 어제 이 치마 골랐어요, 그런데 내가 맞지 않아요.
    2. 내가 몰라요. 효주 씨 물어봐요.


    1. Yesterday I chose this skirt, but it doesn’t fit me.
    2. I don’t know. Let’s ask 효주.