Level 4 Lesson 1 / The more … the more … / -면 -을수록


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In this lesson, we look at how to say “the more [A], the more [B]” in Korean. The key expression/verb ending we will be using is “을수록”.

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Level 4 Lesson 1 / The more … the more … / -면 -을수록
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  • Sefirit

    Can someone please tell me what 잠을 is doing in the sentence “바쁠수록 잠을 많이 자야 돼요.”?

    I understand that it is related to sleep, but isn’t 자다 to sleep and wouldn’t 많이 자야 돼요 mean you need to sleep a lot? If I were asked to say this phrase I would probably say “바쁠수록 많이 자야 돼요.” I don’t know if that is fine but just less common of if it is completely wrong.

    This has come up a few times in these lessons and I never know when it should be used and when you can go without it and what its purpose is.

    • yeah and adding 이 too before the ㄹ they never explained that 🙁

    • ruichua

      잠 is the noun form of sleep which we normally learn as 자다. so when they use 잠을 자다, so it’s just a way of writing to sleep. But in my opinion by having 잠을, it sounds a little more accurate but I don’t think it’s wrong either~

  • i think i’ll change my way of studying because when i finish a lvl i never understand the dialogue the first lvl was easy i understand like 99% and 1% was due to the new words but the other lvls nope it’s like 30% </3 they are so fast eating so many words

  • 고마워요

  • Meri 메리

    나는 방탄소년단의 노래를 들수록 많이 사랑해요. 🙂

  • Esra Sayk

    Hello, are these two sentences correct?

    2. 아이스크림은 갈수록 비싸요.

    1. 제가 생간은 기학할수록 후회해요.

    감사합니다 🙂

    • Seokjin Jin

      아이스크림은 갈수록 비싸요. This one is correct but if you add “값” which means price after 아이스크림, it will be more natural.

      아이스크림 값은 갈수록 비싸요.

      However I don’t know what you meant through the second sentence. Would you write that you meant?

    • Esra Sayk

      Oh, nice. Thank you 🙂
      I meant:
      When it comes to Ideas, the more I think about them, the more I regret them.

      I think I would have needed a word to describe that i meant unused Ideas/ not used oppurtunities.

  • 암알

    1- 공불수록 , 높은점수를 받아요.
    2- 갈수록 더워요 .
    3- 이 여자는 갈수록 예뻐요.
    4- 채소를 먹으면 먹을수록 , 건강해요 .

    are these sentences correct!? 🙂

    • Seokjin Jin

      1- 공불수록 , 높은점수를 받아요. > 공부할수록, 높은 점수를 받아요.

      2- 갈수록 더워요 . > 갈수록 더워져요.

      3- 이 여자는 갈수록 예뻐요. > 이 여자는 갈수록 예뻐져요.

      4- 채소를 먹으면 먹을수록 , 건강해요 > 채소를 먹으면 먹을수록 건강해져요.

    • 암알

      thanks 🙂
      can you please tell me why did you add 져 in each verb?

    • Seokjin Jin

      Because I conjugated the verbs from their passive version.

      더워지다, 예뻐지다, 건강해지다

    • 암알

      okay ! thank you so much 🙂

  • Brianna Sanders

    더 당신이 클럽에서 술을 마시는는 더 당신은 숙취 생각합니다.
    더 당신이 케이팝을 듣고, 더 나은 당신의 한국이있을 것입니다.
    더 당신이 날짜에 화장은 예뻐 당신은 당신의 남자 친구에 대한 것입니다.

  • Aya

    많이 먹으면 먹을수록 살찡 할 거예요.

  • 야신

    숙제를 익숙할수록 쉬운 것 만들어요. (The more familiar you are with homework, the easier it is to make).
    준비하면 준비할수록 잘 공부해요. (The more you prepare, the better you study).
    제 친구는 갈수록 질투해요. 언제 그들이 제 새로운 자동차를 봐요. (My friends keep getting jealous. When they look at my new car).

  • TheFuzzeePanda

    인기가 사람일수록 못된 사람 있어요 – The more popular people get, the more sinister they become.

    Is this correct?
    감사합니다 TTMIK!

  • Rizariz

    Is this correct?
    예쁜 사람일수록 인기가 많아요

    • You’re trying to say “The prettier a person is, the more popular they are” then it’s right!

  • Harvey Rivas Potot

    – 저는 갈수록 영어를 잘 못하게 돼요.
    – 돈이 많이 있으면 있을수록 하고 싶은 거는 할 수 있을 것 같아요.
    – 세상적으로 알려지는 회사에서 일을 할수록 노력을 많이 해야 돼요.
    – 사실인지 아닌지 잘 모르겠는데, 아파트는 역에 가까울수록 임대가 비싸요.

  • McKenzie Rodwell

    저는 친구가 만들수록, 더 행복한 있었어요. The more friends i make, The more happy i’ll be.

    please correct me if i’m wrong.
    감사합니다 TTMIK!!!!

    • Joshua Everly

      저는 친구가 만날수록 행복해요 is probably much better.

    • McKenzie Rodwell

      Thank you 🙂

    • Murphy Alvin

      You could also say:

      저는 친구가 만날수록 행복해질 거예요.
      The more friends I meet, the happier I’ll become.

      만들다 means ‘to make’, and is only used in the literal sense (unlike English). So when you say ‘make friends’ in Korean, it sounds like you’re building them (as if they were a house or something)! 😀

    • McKenzie R

      Oh ok thank you very much

    • Murphy Alvin

      No problem! Good luck with your studies 🙂

    • McKenzie R

      good luck as well 🙂

  • Chocobana

    -TTMIK이랑 공부할수록 한국어를 잘 말 할수있아요.
    -연습하면 연습할수록 잘 춤춰라는 샌각이 안 믿어요.

  • Nicholas Wen Hao

    how does 팔다 (to sell) becomes 팔려요?

    • Simon Abbott

      I think it’s 팔리다, the passive form of the verb. 맛있을수록 잘 팔아요 would mean “the more delicious it is, the better it is at selling (things),” but the sentence is trying to say “the more delicious it is, the better is is at being sold”

    • Sophie Song

      Yes. As in English it would be “the more delicious it is the better it sells,” which is also passive

  • Manjin Tang

    Is just for me or is it a common error that the audio stops at 13:28? If so, can you please fix it? 고마워요!

  • George Philips

    돈이 벌수골 인기가 많아저요
    얼굴 수술 많이 하면 할수록 연예인 될수도 있어요

    • Sophie Song


  • Nate Richey

    Please correct if I’m wrong:

    저금 먹으면, 배고플수록 거예요.

    • Murphy Alvin

      Did you want to say “the more I eat the more hungry I become” ? If so that’s a pretty strange sentence 😛

      The more I eat, the hungrier I get:
      먹을수록 배고파져요

      Perhaps you wanted to say this instead,
      The more I eat, the fuller I become:

      먹을수록 배불러져요

      Hopefully this helps! 🙂

    • Nate Richey

      Yes, it helps quite a bit! I think I meant what I said – I was writing a paradox.

    • Murphy Alvin

      No problem! Good luck with your learning 🙂

  • 이상민

    열심히 공부할수록 나아지는 것 같아요. (i think the more i study hard, the more i improve)

  • Nhoc Nhoc

    한국어를 들으면 들을수록 한국사람을 쉽게 이해할 수 있어요.
    The more Korean song you listen, the easier you can understand Korean people
    우리 나라에서 잘생길수록 인기 많아져요.
    In my country the more handsome you are, the more popular you become.
    가요를 부르면 부를수록 목이 말라요.
    the more song you sing,the more thirsty you feel

  • Xin Ru

    저는 인턴일수록 열심히일해야 돼요.
    Especially because I am an intern, I need to work hard.
    인턴이 많을수록 재미있어요.
    The more interns there are, the more interesting it is.

  • Kae

    먹을수럭 똥똥해요 = The more you eat, the fatter you get
    학생 일수럭 더 자야 돼요 = You need to sleep more specially when you are a student
    TTMIK에 한국어 공부할수럭 재미있어요! = The more you study Korean at TTMIK, the more interesting/funny is!

  • Ha Lam

    우와! 발써4 level 이에요. 갈수록,TTMIK을 좋아요! 사랑해요! <3
    I have already studied in level 4, so proud! The more I study, the more I interest in TTMIK! I love you guys! <3

    • HSK

      발써 > 벌써 좋아요 > 좋아해요.

    • Ha Lam

      아~Thank you so much, I corrected these mispelling

    • HSK

      Actually I think it’s better if you didn’t change the mispellings. so other people can learn from it too. 🙂

    • Ha Lam

      Okay! 🙂

  • Trinity

    감사합니다!! 벌써 Level 4이라서 진짜 기뻐요!!

    연습할수록 한국어를 잘 해요 – The more you practice, the better you will do Korean
    갈수록 돈을 잃는 것 같아요 – (As time goes by,) I seem to keep losing money
    지금 늦으면 늦을수록 내일은 피곤해요 – The later it is now, the more tired I will be tomorrow
    피곤할수록 다 어려운 것 같아요 – The more tired you are, the more everything seems difficult
    공부할수록 좋은 보상이 받아요 – The more you study the more good rewards you receive
    잘 공부하는 사람일수록 행북해요 – Especially for people who study well, the happier they will be (I’m really not sure about this one!!)

    정말 감사합니다!!

    • HSK

      1.많이 연습할수록 한국어를 더 잘 하게 돼요.
      2.시간이 갈수록 돈을 잃는 것 같아요.
      3.늦으면 늦을수록 내일 피곤할거예요.
      5.공부하면 할수록 좋은 보상을 받아요.
      6.공부 잘 하는 사람일수록 나중에 행복해요.

    • Trinity