Level 4 Lesson 18 / most, best (superlative) / 최상급, 최고


In today’s TalkToMeInKorean lesson, we look at how to say “the most + adjective” (using superlatives) in Korean. The basic words you need to know are 가장 and 제일. Find out how they can be used in natural context by listening to the lesson!

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Level 4 Lesson 18 / most, best (superlative) / 최상급, 최고
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  • Salma

    TTMIK 제일 좋아요!!

  • Herobrine IRLH

    한국어 저의학교에서 공부하는 가장 예쁜 남자 누구에요?
    = Who is the (most cute) cutest boy in my school?

    TTMIK이 가장 좋어요!
    = TTMIK is the best!

    김치가 한국음식 가장 좋아요.
    = Kimchi is the best korean food.

    좋은 거인 이게 가장 좋아요.
    = This is the best thing that I liked (before)

    Are these sentences right? 감사합니다!

    • Ayu Mutia

      i think its more approachable to say it in this way..
      우리 학교의 남자들 사이에서, 누가 가장 멋있어요 ?

  • what is this ! did you made a mistake in the sample sentence coz it’s so much different than the actual lesson wow

  • and what is 게 why you started using this lately i don’t understand !

  • VIXX is the best in this year and all years since 2012 🙂

  • 감사합니다

  • Meri 메리

    요즘 가장 인기있는 가수는 방탄소년단 이예요! @BTS_twt ☆☆☆

    • Seokjin Jin

      방탄소년단은 특히 해외에서 인기가 많은 것 같아요. ^^

    • Meri 메리

      석진쌤 맞아요!! 방탄소년단의 새로운 MV “피 땀 눈물” 보세요! ♡ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmE9f-TEutc

  • 야신

    전 어제 제일 어려운 시험을 만들었는데, 좋은 결과 있을 것 같아요. (I made the most difficult exam yesterday, but it looks like I will have a good result).

    전 많이 돈을 있으면, 가장 비싼 컴퓨터를 살 수도 있는데, 게임을 다 놀 수 있어요. (If I have a lot of money, I might buy the most expensive computer so, I can play all the games).

    • Murphy Alvin

      I would change the first one to:

      전 어제 제일 어려운 시험을 봤어도, 결과가 좋을 거 같아요.

      Even though yesterdays exam was the hardest, I think the result will be good. (I assume this is what you wanted to say, right?). When talking about doing exams Koreans use 보다 – 시험을 보다 = to do an exam

      The second one looks great, I think it would be more natural to not use 는데 in this case, since that is more for giving background information. Also when talking about playing games use 하다, 게임을 하다 = to play a game. 놀다 is more for hanging out with friends.

      전 많은 돈을 있으면 많은 게임을 하려고 제일 비싼 컴퓨터를 살 수도 있어요

      I think that is more natural !

      I notice you comment on all of these videos, so you must study lots, and this was 7 months ago. So you probably know these mistakes by now anyway! 😛

      Anyway, hope it helped a bit 🙂

    • Nawres Smati

      that was so helpful
      thanks !!

    • Murphy Alvin

      No problem! Glad I could help! 🙂

  • George Philips

    이 코맨트 밑에, 코맨드 남긴 새끼를 제일 싫어요, 패그 같아요

  • Colleen Chen

    TTMIK 제일 좋아요 🙂

  • Gvanca

    제일 인기있는 가수는 엑소 예요! (^-^)/
    TTMIK랑 엑소 제일 좋아요 ! ㅋㅋㅋ
    TTMIK은 엑소를 좋아요 ?

    • Kae

      That is soooooo true! EXO is the best 7u7 I love EXO RHCLWUTH *cries in the Korean that she knows because she has studied with TTMIK*

    • Gvanca

      I love seeing EXOLs everywhere haha
      사랑해요 ~

  • Brianna Sanders

    가장 인기 있는 보이 그룹인 원더 걸스는 BTS이다.

  • Taylor DeJesus

    제일 인기 있는 가수 몰으지만 제일 좋아하는 가수는 박재범이에요.

  • Lotus Pham

    I thought 가깝다 will change to 가까와요 , right ? because the end of ㅂ is 아, but above lesson, teacher said that 가까운 means 가까우. So the word 가깝다 is irregular, right ? pls help to explain to me. Thank you so much

    • 현미

      ㅂ irregular changes to 우 if a vowel follows it.
      가깝다 -> 가까우 -> 가까우 + 어요 -> 가까워요
      가깝다 -> 가까우 -> 가까우 + ㄹ 거예요 = 가까울 거예요
      가깝다 -> 가까우 -> 가까우 + 었어요 = 가까웠어요
      가깝다 -> 가까우 -> 가까우 + ㄴ -> 가까운 (noun modifying)
      가깝다 -> 가깝습니다, 가까웠습니다, 가까울 겁니다
      same applies for other ㅂ adjectives like 아름답다 (아름다워요), 쉽다 (쉬워요), 귀엽다 (귀여워요), etc. ^^

  • 현미

    1. 우리 반 중에서 제일 지각한 학생이 누구예요? = Who is the person in our class who comes the latest?
    2. 누가 제일 맛있는 라떼를 만들어요? = Who makes the best latte?
    3. 어렸을 때 우리 엄마 나에게 고구마를 많이 주셨으니까 지금 고구마 제일 좋아해요. = When I was young, my mom fed me a lot of sweet potatoes, so now they are my favorite.