Level 5 Lesson 23 / it seems like … / I assume … / -(으)려나 보다


안녕하세요!! In this lesson, we are looking at how to use the structure “-(으)려나 보다”. It is a way of expressing your assumption about a future action that you “assume” someone is going to take or something that you “assume” will happen. Are you ready? Have fun!

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Level 5 Lesson 23 / it seems like … / I assume … / -(으)려나 보다
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  • ddot

    hey guys

    I think you put up the wrong lesson. This is a different lesson on 지마세요. It doesn’t seem to match with the PDF


    • Thanks! We will fix it soon! 🙂

    • We fixed it. You can listen to the right lesson now. We are sorry for the mistake.

  • Nice – I managed to download and listen to the wrongly uploaded lesson, too :))) So I get 2 lessons today, sweet!!!! :))

  • 선생님들, 제가 질문 있어요.^^
    What is the difference between the following two sentences?
    ” 비가 오려고나 봐요.” and ” 비가 오나 봐요. ”
    Both means ” It’s about to rain. “, right? Or mean differently?
    선생님들이 가르쳐주세요.
    감사합니다! ^^

    • “비가 오나 봐요.” – I guess it’s raining. (present tense)
      “비가 오려고나 봐요.” – I guess it’s about to rain. (future tense)

    • “비가 오나 봐요.” – I guess it’s raining now.
      “비가 오려나 봐요.” – I guess it’s about to rain.

      오다 + (으)려나 봐요 = 오려나 봐요. 🙂

    • Oops! Typo! Yeah, listen to Hyojin. 😛

    • Will Fuller 하고 효진 선생님이 설명해주셔서 감사합니다. ^^

      즐거운 하루 보내세요.

    • ” 비가 오려나 봐요.”

      This sentence means that it seems to rain (in the near future) but it doesn’t rain now.

      “비가 오나 봐요.”

      However this sentence means that it rains. Well, we may say it when you see the falling rain drops.

  • Samier

    안녕하세요 TTMIK ^^

    1. 지금 엄마가 쇼핑하려나 봐요. 그래서 걱정하지 마세요!


  • 안녕하세요

    1. 다시 집에 갈여나 봐요. Looks like he’s going back to home.
    2. 그 사람 자꾸 너무 말으려나 봐요. That person always looks like he’s speaking a lot.


    • 다시 집에 갈여나 봐요. ( X )
      다시 집에 갈어나 봐요. ( O )

      Your second sentence isn’t quite correct either but i don’t know how to fix it so……..yeah lol bye.

  • 안녕하세요~

    TTMIK에서 많이 공부하면 한국어에 진보하려나 봐요~


  • Pedro

    Greetings from Portugal! ^_^”

    First of all, congratulations to the TTMIK team, for all your hard work. Found out your website yesterday and been reading/ listening to some of your lessons, since then.

    Can you please tell me how many lessons will have Level 5?

    Kyeong-eun Choi, as I red, you’re taking Spanish lessons (or at least you were, don’t know if you gave up :)), Portuguese’s not that different. So if you ever want to learn Portuguese, I can give you some tips also.

    Have TTMIK ever think in expand to other countries, for example “Talk to Me in Japanese/ Chinese”. I think this teaching method has a good learning curve, by doing in another countries, you could build a nice language learning platform.

    Best Regards!

    • Adel Zaidi

      It would be amazing to have aTalk to me in Japanese, because the “vj,dj” is so fluent in japanese, and i’m learning both languages, but i haven’t found any resource like TTMIK for japanese.

    • Seokjin Jin

      Thanks for your idea! Yeah, I hope that we will make more educational site for other languages in the near future. 🙂

    • Adel Zaidi

      You’re welcome i really love the way you teach, i wanna learn more languages thanks to that, i need a Talk to me in Japanese, and a Talk to me in Mandarin.
      And good luck for the rest.

  • 루트라키

    정말 감사드리는데 저의 생각에는 레벨 4하고 5 의 레슨에서 영어를 너무 많이 쓰고 있는 것 같습니다. 이 단계에서는 한국어만 쓰시면 좋겠다고 생각합니다. ^___^ 만약에 모르는 단어나 표현이 있으면 PDF으로 찾아보면 되지 않습니까?

  • sun

    TTMIK,안년 하세요!

    선생님 들어오려나 봐요! 조용 하세요! ^^

  • Aigul

    Hello!!! 안녕하세요! I’m Aigul! 아이굴입니다! 🙂
    I’m from Kazakhstan and so glad to study with you! It’s my first time leaving a comment but I’m here from the very first lesson! 🙂
    Thanks a lot for such great lessons!
    정말 제미있어요! 감사합니다!!! 🙂

  • Kimi

    안녕 TTMIK! 네 첫번 코맨트예요. 래선들 다들었어요. =) 정말 도움이되요!

    네 예문:
    이수업은 재미있으려나 봐요.
    (This class/course looks like it will be fun.)

    I may have made some mistakes because I don’t write in Korean often. ^^ 매일 한국어 공부 할게요!

  • 안녕하세요

    she put on thick make up , it looks like she’s about to go on a date
    그녀 화장 너무 많이 했어서 , 데이트 하려나 봐요

    they prepared alot so i guess they’re gonna win
    준비 많이 했어서 , 이기려나 봐요

  • Bruce Park

    요즘은 날씨가 점점 다뜻해지니까 봄이 곧 오려나 봐요.

    제가 사무실에 늦게 오는 버릇이 있어서 부장님이 저를 해고하려나 봐요.

    그 여자가 남자친구와 해어지려나 봐요.

    저 느끼한 남자가 여자친구를 사귀려나 봐요.

  • 그 사람들이 비밀히 만나려나 봐요.
    It seems like they are planning to meet secretly.

    새 집 사려나 봐요.
    I think they are planning to buy a new house.

  • Just a question about the first sample sentence:
    what does that “문을” mean?

    and thank you for your awesome work!

    • Annie Jones

      “문”means “Door” they are just adding the object marking particle. 🙂

  • “그 사람들은 이 방을 사용하려나 봐요.” (“It looks like they’re going to be using this room”)
    대학교의 컴퓨터 실험실들에서 이 문장을 많이 사용해요.

    Thanks for another lesson.

  • 장승은

    변기가 막히려나 봐요

    괜찮은 문장일까요?

  • Dolsanria

    넌 다시 많이 디저트 먹으려나 봐요.
    It looks like you are going to eat a lot of desserts again.

    (이 문장이 맞아요?) ✌️ 감사합니다!

  • Winnie Zambo

    1.오늘 런던에 비가 오려나 봐요

    2.곧 극장에 이 영화를 볼 수 있으려 나 봐요

    3.지금 많이 배고파서, 밥을 먹으러 이 식당라도 가려나 봐요

    • Seokjin Jin

      곧 극장에 이 영화를 볼 수 있으려 나 봐요
      > 곧 극장에서 이 영화를 볼 수 있으려나 봐요.

      You did a great job!

    • Winnie Zambo

      Thanks for your corrections!

  • Francesco Colléter

    결국 영와를 공개을 려나봐요.

    It looks like they’ll eventually release the movie.

  • Eman

    친구가 여기 못 왔어요. 풀장에 가려나 봐요.

  • Katherine Traylor

    그 학생이 오늘 안 오려나 봐요.

    • JooyeonPark

      perfect! 🙂

  • Jeeztiff

    당신의 말은 너무 심하서 그쪽은 화가 나려 봐요.

  • Fabiola Ricca

    I can’t download the pdf file & the mp3. Is there some problems?

  • samah

    what if i want to say ..
    그 사람 다시 일어나려나 봐요… ^^

    • Derek Stone

      It looks like that person is about to wake up again?

    • samah

      Hh i don’t know what i meant in this sentence it 6 month ago.
      But i think i meant .. it look like this person is aboit to get up after falling .. (keep going no matter what happened )it’s deep meaning hhhh

    • samah

      Hhh it looks like that …

  • Derek Stone

    I have a question. In the PDF, you stated that this structure can’t be used with descriptive verbs, but then it was used with 춥다. Can you explain why this is possible?

    Here are some examples:
    1. 그가 피자를 다 먹으려나 봐요. It looks like he will eat the whole pizza.
    2. 그 사람이 소리 지르려나 봐요. It looks like that person is about to shout.
    3. 그 고양이가 우유를 마시려나 봐요. It looks like that cat is about to drink the milk.
    4. 그 사람이 자전거를 훔치려나 봐서 우리가 막아야 돼요! It looks like that person is about to steal a bicycle, so we have to stop him!

    • samah

      It exception /we can us 으려나 보다 with description verbs ONLY when we talk about the weather ..
      날씨만 예외에요..
      ^^ they mention it in the audio lesson ^^

  • Sanjeeda Masroor

    1) I guess I won’t be able to do it.
    – 제가 못 하려나 봐요

    2) I guess i’m going to wear that green dress.
    – 그 초롴 드래스가 입으려나 봐요

    3) I guess there’s going to be a lot of snow.
    – 눈이 많으려나 봐요

    4) I think i’m going to take a day off this saturday.
    – 이 토요일에 제가 쇠려나 봐요

    5) I guess I’m going to meet my family tomorrow.
    – 내일은 제 가족을 만나려나 봐요

    6) It seems i’m going to watch a drama tomorrow.
    – 내일 드라마가 보려나 봐요

    Please correct me if there are any mistakes, 감사합니다!! 🙂

  • Dania Freih

    곧 가려나 보는데, 어디로 갈까요?
    제 친구가 다 사려나 봐요.
    그 사람이랑 현우 씨랑 싸우려나 봐요.

  • TinaMusicFairy

    also example 5 is exception because it’s not written as ‘춥으려나 봐 요’ it’s ‘추우려나 봐요’ ^ ^

  • Matt

    고양이가 일어나려나 봐요. = It looks like the cat is going to wake up.
    나없이 퇴근하려나 봐요. = It seems like everyone is going to leave work without me.
    큰 정공을 열심히 되려나 봐요. = It looks like they are going to work hard to become successful.

    감사합니다 for the lesson.

  • Amina :)

    예쁘지려나 봐요
    I guess she’ll become prettier.
    그 여자를 다 주려나 봐요
    It looks like he will give that woman everything
    잘 자려아 봐요
    It seems like he slept well
    그 사람이 한국어 잘 하니까 TTMIK 웹사이트에서 공부하려나 봐
    Since that person’s Korean is good, I guess he studied at TTMIK.

  • 야신

    그 사람이 곧 오래된 컴퓨터를 대체하려나 봐요. (It looks like he is going to replace his old computer soon).

    오후 여덟 시쯤 돌아오려나 봐요. (I guess they are coming back at around 8 pm).

    오늘은 새로운 노트북을 주문하니까 제가 내일 받으려나 봐요. (I ordered a new laptop today, so i guess I will receive it tomorrow).