Level 5 Lesson 1 / almost did / -(으)ㄹ 뻔 했다, 할 뻔 했다


Welcome to Level 5!!! In the first lesson of Level 5, we are going to look at how to say that you “almost did” something or “nearly did” something. This is used both in situations where you “wanted” to do something (but only almost did it) and in situations where you “didn’t want” to do something and fortunately didn’t do it but almost did it. Listen in to find out how to use this “-(으)ㄹ 뻔 했다” ending in natural context and be sure to practice with us by leaving us comments! Thank you!!

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Level 5 Lesson 1 / almost did / -(으)ㄹ 뻔 했다, 할 뻔 했다
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  • lisa

    “어제 밤에 그 남자를 만날뻐했는데 제가 너무 창피했서 못 만났어요
    I almost met that guy last night, but iI didn’t because I was too embarassed to do so.”

    Is it correct ?
    Thank you as always =)

  • 조나스

    지난주에는 친구랑 같이 무수운영화가 봐봤고 동안 보는거 줄뻔했는데..

  • i’m back yay i finished all ttmik videos on YouTube up to the ones in 24 march to keep up with the lvls. after i finish this lvl too i’ll go check the videos. i’ll keep doing this from now on since it really helped i learnt so much from the videos from the very first till the one set in 24 march it filled up 5 pages with writing 11 front and back pages so proud yay

  • 감사합니다

  • 陳姸如

    Hello, can I say I almost can’t do something in this sentence? Thanks in advance!

  • 야신

    저는 탁자 위에서 비싼 화분을 고장낼 뻔 했어요. (I almost broke the expensive flowerpot on the table).

    전 새로운 신발을 주문할 뻔 했는데, 마지막 것은 벌써 팔아요. (I almost ordered new shoes, but the last one is already sold).

  • Rizariz

    가방 잊어버릴 뻔 했어요

  • Harvey Rivas Potot

    – 누나가 만들어 준 요리는 아주 맛있어서 다 먹어 버릴 뻔 했어요.
    – A씨랑 사랑에 빠질 뻔 했어요.
    – 진짜 화를 내서 걔를 죽일 뻔 했어요.
    – 오늘은 길이 너무 막혀서 출근 시간에 늦을 뻔 했어요.

  • 인녕

    거미를 먹을 뻔 했어요.

  • Nate Richey

    오늘 원더 우먼 영화를 뻔 봤는데 지금 한국어 공불레 있습니다.

    Today I almost watched the movie Wonder Woman but right now I wanted to study Korean.

  • 이상민

    게임을 살 뻔 했는데 안 사게 됐어.. 엄마가 너무 싫어해서. i almost bought a game but i ended up not buying it, because my mom really dislikes it

  • Murphy Alvin

    아까 약속 있었는데, 잊어버릴 뻔 했지만 핸드폰에 미리 알림을 봤어요
    I had a meeting earlier, I almost forgot about it, but I saw the reminder on my phone.

  • Brianna Sanders

    나는 거의 파티에 갈 뻔 했지만, 대신 숙제를 해야 했다.
    I almost went to the party but I had to do homework instead.

  • 현미

    지난 가을 학길 때 스트레스를 많이 받아서 수업을 낙제할 뻔 했어요.
    I almost failed classes last fall semester because I was really stressed out. 🙁

  • Dustin Alan

    자동차 사고를 당할 뻔 했어요. 그래서 죽을 뻔 했어요.
    I was almost in a car accident. So I almost died.

  • misa

    취소된 여행이 너무 늦게 아라봐서 준비할 뻔 했어요.
    I almost prepared for the cancelled vacation just because I learnt it late.

    • Taeeun Kim

      Full sentence: “여행이 취소되었다는 것을 너무 늦게 알아서 여행을 갈 준비를 할 뻔 했어요.”
      More natural sentence: “여행이 취소됐다는 걸 너무 늦게 알아서 짐을 쌀 뻔 했어요.”

  • Marwa

    요즘 보고 있는 드라마 볼 뻔 했지만 대신 유튜브 영상을 봤어요 =
    I almost watched the drama I’m watching these days, but instead I watched Youtube videos.

  • i.cant.choose.a.bias

    한국어 공부할 뻔 했는데 대신에 신 라면을 먹었어요. I almost studied Korean but instead I ate Shin Ramen.

  • Imogen Eve Blair

    살 뻔 했는데 제가 아무(런) 돈도 없는 것을 깨달았어요 = I almost bought it but then I realised I didn’t have any money.
    피가 많아서 실신할 뻔 했어요 = Because there was such much blood I nearly fainted./ There was so much blood so I almost fainted

  • Alain Sivisay
  • Smprvrd

    이 아침에 몰고 있는데 진짜 피곤해서 잠들 뻔 했어요. 너무 무서워서 죽을 뻔 했어요!
    맞아요? 너무 고마워요!

  • Yuki

    엄마에게 화가 나서 거의 소리를 지를 뻔 했는데 그러지 못했어요. 난 내가 죽을 거라고 생각했어요.
    요전 날 나는 온라인으로 앨범을 살 뻔 했는데 돈이 없다는 걸 기억하고 있었어요

  • Yuki

    엄마에게 화가 나서 거의 소리를 지를 뻔 했는데 그러지 못했어요. 난 내가 죽을 거라고 생각했어요.
    요전날 난 온라인으로 앨범을 살 뻔 했는데 돈이 없다는 걸 기억하고 있었어요.

  • Dae

    어제 집에 걷은데 개는 나를 물어뜯을 뻔 했어요 – I was walking home yesterday and a dog almost bit me

    I’m not sure if I used the right word for ” to bite.” I checked naver and that’s what it gave me so please correct me if I am wrong about that or anything else.