Level 4 Lesson 19 / Less, Not completely / 덜


In this lesson, we look at how to say “less” in Korean. The word for “less” is 덜 [deol] in Korean, but 덜 can mean not only “less” but also “not completely”. Listen in to find out how to use the word 덜 in natural context, and in the comment section below, make as many sample sentences on your own as possible using the word. Thanks for studying with us! 감사합니다!

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Level 4 Lesson 19 / Less, Not completely / 덜
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  • Matt

    요즘에 다리가 고통해서 덜 달려야 해요. = Lately my legs have been hurting, I should run less.
    더 연습하고 한국어가 덜 어렵게 될 거예요. = Practice more and Korean will become less difficult.
    왜 맛있는 음식이 항상 덜 건강이에요? = Why is delicious food always less healthy?

    감사합니다 for the lesson!

  • Stevie boy

    1. 열심히 시도하고 있는데 아직 시험을 덜 봤어요.
    2. 화요일보다 덜 아파서 나중엔 내 친구 테니스 시합 보러 공원에 갈래.
    3. 전 별로 안 강하는데 덜 무거운 살 수 있는거 있어요?
    4. 생각한 것보다 덜 재미있네…

    도와주셔서 대단히 감사합니다~~

  • puppy_jjong

    이번 여름에 살이 쪘는데, 지금부터 초콜릿은 덜 먹을래요 = I put on weight this summer, so from now on I want to eat less chocolate.

  • Sanjeeda Masroor

    1)You should eat less before swimming

    – 수영하기 전에 덜 먹어야 돼요

    2) I haven’t studied korean completely at TTMIK.
    – TTMIk에서 한극어 아직 덜 공부했어요

    3)There are less chocolates here, who ate them?

    – 여기 초콜릿 덜 있네요. 누가 먹었어요?

    4) If you want to exercise less, you should eat less
    – 덜 운동하고 싶으면, 덜 먹어야 돼요

    5) If you do it this way, it’d be less difficult.
    – 이렇게 하면, 덜 어려울 거예요

    감사합니다 🙂

  • Dania Freih

    요즘 서울보다 제다가 덜 추워요.
    these days, Jeddah is less cold than Seoul.
    한국 음식 중에서, 어떤 게 덜 매워요?
    Among Korean food, which is less spicy?
    *or shall I say “the least”? and would that be a different word in Korean?*
    덜 먹었으면, 도와 줄 게.
    If you didn’t finish eating, I’ll help you.

  • lemontumblr

    오늘 난 덜 먹어야돼 I should eat less today ^^;

  • Edipo Matheus

    브라질에 더 거고 아르헨티나에 덜 가야돼요
    김밥 덜 먹어야돼요
    핸드폰으로 덜 공부해야돼요
    저번 보다 컴퓨터 덜 썼어요
    중국어 보다 한국어 덜 어려워요

    일 다 끝냈어요? / 아니요 덜 끝냈어요
    제 게임 돌려주세요/ 아직 덜 했어요.

    시간이 있을때 한번 고쳐주세요, 고맙습니다 🙂

  • Peter

    요즘 건강을 위해서 청량 음료 덜 마시고 물 더 마셔 봐요.
    These days I’m trying to drink less soft drink and more water for the sake of my health.

    걱정 덜 하고 빨리 시작 해야 돼요. 괜찮을 거예요.
    You should worry less and just start. You’ll be fine.

  • Shhaseena25

    전 잠을 덜 자고 운동 더 해 봐야 돼요!!!
    I have to sleep less and try working out more!!!

    진구:우왕 이 가방이 너무 이뻐용
    나:응 ,근데 너무 비싼 것 같아
    진구:아니,별로 안 비싼 것 같아 이 봐
    나:우아 …그럼 우리 이 살자….아줌마 이 두게 주세요
    진구:야야, 이거 살지마…다른 데 가
    나:뭐해?왜 그래?
    Lol just practicing 😛 someone want to complete this acc…warmly welcome

  • Leni

    I’m confused…Hyun woo said 덜 can only be used as an adverb…but 비싸 (expensive) is an adjective? 덜 비싸 = less expensive, but in this case the 덜 is not modifying a verb but an adjective?

  • Missy Lib

    I’m trying to learn the sound effects for a manhwa and 덜 is showing up around his shaking body. Can it also mean shiver/tremble? Thanks

  • you only learned English as in the USA that’s why you got a lot of the words and rules wrong if you want to learn proper lang go to the source not the copy i’m saying this coz the L sound in British is soft in most words and when you try to combine English and Korean i think it’s a wrong way to do it i mean we aren’t all English speakers and at least you should’ve followed the British ways instead of US and can you please stop doing the ROM in pdf we are lvl 4 now almost 5 it’s annoying skipping that everytime i read ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

    • Aaron Hallenbeck

      It’s not wrong, it’s just a different dialect. The English language didn’t originate in Britain and there are many different dialects in both England and the US.

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  • Esra S.

    안녕하세요, could you please correct my sentences, or make them sound more natural?
    감사합니다 🙂

    1.현우: 경은 씨 찐차 덜 끝나야?
    경은 are you really not quite finished?

    2. A: 덜 피자를 먹어세요!
    B: 그런데 저는 덜 먹어요.
    A: Please eat less pizza!
    B: but, i havent finished it.

    3.현우: 아….시험이 제일 어려워요. 공부하는 거를 끝날 수 없어요.
    암머: 현우 씨 덜 공부하는데, 안 돕을 거예요!
    현우:whoa…this exam is the hardest. I can’t finish studying.
    암머: 현우 learning less will not help you!

  • 야신

    그 맛있는 아이스크림을 덜 먹으면 안 돼요. (You shouldn’t eat less of that delicious ice cream).

    좋아하는 영화를 덜 보고 있어요. 그래서 다섯 분 더 주세요. (I haven’t finished watching my favorite movie yet, so give me 5 more minutes).

  • Taylor DeJesus

    과자 덜 먹었어요.

  • Imogen Eve Blair

    건강을 위해서 사탕은 덜 먹고 과일과 야재들은 더 먹어요. For the sake of your health/just health eat less sweets. You should eat more fruits and vegetables.

  • Imogen Eve Blair

    더 일하고 덜 불평해야 돼요 = You should work more and complain less
    더 연습해야 돼요 = You should practice more

  • li

    더 한국어를 공부하고 연습해야 되고 덜 게을러요.
    – I should study and practice Korean more and be less lazy.

  • ryebun17

    1. 비디오 덜 보고 운동을 더 해야 돼요.
    2. 부적절 말을 덜 이야기해 줘요.
    3. 책을 덜 봤는데, 다음 주말 돌려도 돼죠?
    4. 라면 다 먹었어? 우유도 마셔야 돼!

    1. I should watch less videos and do more exercises.
    2. Please say inappropriate words less.
    3. I haven’t finished reading the book yet, but it’s okay to give it back next weekend right?
    4. Did you finish eating your ramen? You have to drink your milk too!

    Please leave corrections if you see any mistakes!

    TTMIK 감사합니다!

    안녕! ✨

  • Yuki

    요즘 아이들은 책을 더 많이 펴고 덜 SNS계정을 줄여야 해
    뼈가 튼튼하려면 우유를 더 많이 마시고 술을 덜 마셔야 돼요
    ‘달려라 방탄’ 아직 덜 봤어요
    야 너 내 돈을 돌려줘
    샘플(?) 문장을 덜 했지만 괜찮아요? 다음 번에는 더 많이 만들어 볼게

  • MadChil

    더 운덩하는, 얼 먹어요.

    지금 안 공부하면, 매일 덜 시간 있어요.

    덜 공부하면, 내년 한국어 오지 않아요.

  • MadChil

    더 운동하는, 덜 먹어요.
    Exercise more, eat less.
    지금 안 공부하면, 매일 덜 시간 있어요.
    If you don’t study now, you have less time everyday.
    덜 공부하면, 내년 한국에 오지 않아요.
    If I study Korean less, I’ll not come to Korea next year.

  • dizkizpiz

    1) 제가 덜 피곤하야 돼고 일을 더 해요. I have to be less tired and get more work done.
    2) 어제 시험이 읽고 있는데 이 시간엔 제가 덜 읽었어요. When I was writting my test yesterday and at this time I wasnt completely done.
    3) 저 음식은 덜 요리해서, 요리사 저한테 화났어요. I wasnt completely done with the food so the chef scolded me.
    4) 이 오전에 제가 늦게 도착해는데 일을 덜 했어요/ 늦게 도착하는 거 일을 덜 했어요. This morning I arrived late so I had to do less.

  • Dae

    1. 요즘 바쁜데 책을 덜 봐요. – These days I have been busy so I read less books
    2. 기다려주세요. 덜 먹어요 – Please wait (for me). I haven’t finished eating.
    3. 시간이 갈수록 친구를 덜 만아요 – As times goes by, the less time I meet up with my friends

    As always, please correct me if I am wrong.

  • emilie

    내일 덜 따뜻할 거예요
    tomorrow will be less warm

    오늘은 졸업했어요 그래서 지금 덜 공부할 수 있어요
    i graduated today so now I can study less

    난 덜 먹었어요
    i ate less

  • squijid

    does this work for something like the express checkout in a store? “15 items or less”? “항목 15개 덜 필요해요”?

    • Jenifer

      I guess no. In this lesson they have only taught us on how to use “less” with verbs. In upcoming lessons they would teach us on how to use it with nouns. 조금만 기다려요 🙂

  • Jenifer

    요즘에는 한국 드라마를 덜 보고 있어요.
    I watching Korean dramas lesser these days.

    A: 제니씨, 아직도 날 좋아하세요?
    B: 아니요. 얼마전에 난 다른 남자를 좋아해서 오빠를 덜 좋아해요.