Level 5 lesson 7 / as soon as … / -자마자, 하자마자

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안녕하세요. ^^ In this lesson, we are going to introduce how to say “as soon as” you do something or “right after” you do something in Korean. The key structure you need to learn in order to say this is -자마자 [-ja-ma-ja]. What are you going to do as soon as you listen to this lesson? 😀

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Level 5 lesson 7 / as soon as … / -자마자, 하자마자
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  • Đức Ân Tôn

    더러웠을니까 들어가자마자 나갔어요: Because it was so dirty, I came outside right after I entered.
    공부하자마자, 다기억했어요: As soon as he studied, he remembered everything.
    문제를 보자마자 포기했어요. 너무 어려웠어요. As soon as I saw those problems, I gave because they were too hard.

  • 현미

    1. 친구들이 놀러 오자마자 TV를 껐어요. = As soon as my friends came over, I turned off the TV.
    2. 괜찬아요. 할 수 있자마자 문자 메시지를 보낼 거예요. = I’m okay. As soon as I’m able to, I will send you a text.
    3. 약속에 늦게 와서 미안해요. 오늘 아침 이러나자마자 다시 잠들었어요. = Sorry for coming late. I fell back asleep as soon as I woke up this morning.

  • Imogen Eve Blair

    보자마자 사고 싶었어요 = As soon as I saw it I wanted to buy it.
    하자마자 제가 후휘했어요= As soon as I did it I regretted it
    아침에 일어나자마자 스트레칭을 하고 양치질해요 = As soon as I wake up in the morning, I stretch and brush my teeth.

  • Cameron Chafin

    Awesome lesson!
    Please correct my sentences~

    1. 한국에 오자마자 김치를 만들기 배웠어요 – As soon as I came to Korea, I learned to make Kimchi
    2. 사막에 들어오자마자 전갈을 봤어요 – As soon as I entered the desert, I saw a scorpion
    3. 번데기 시식하자마자 토했어요 – As soon as I tasted 번데기, I vomited

    감사합니다!!

  • Yuki

    우리 엄마는 항상 ‘도착하자마자 전화해’라고 말씀하세요
    트위터를 열자마자 화나가 돼요. 많은 나쁜 사람들은 항상 거짓말을 한다
    음악을 들어자마자 기분이 좋아요

  • EsW – 애스브연 맅란드

    일을 끝나자마자 집에 가고 월드컵을 볼 거예요

    As soon as I finish work I will go home and watch the World cup

  • Lee Jinhua

    is this correct: Deuro wa-ja-ma-ja, da joyeonghesoyo
    As soon as he/she entered everyone got silent
    ( sorry for romanization I actually don’t know reading or writing korean so…)

    • Dae

      Korean 101 has a great series on Youtube on how to read and write in hangul. You can check it out here:https://youtu.be/KN4mysljHYc

      Good luck and feel free to reach out if you have any questions!

  • Dae

    Please correct me if I am wrong.
    1. 그 노래가 듣자마자 마음에 들었어요 – I liked that song as soon as I heard it
    2. 학교에 앞에서 도착하자마자 전화할 게? – Call me as soon as you arrive in front of your school, okay?

    • 키간

      In the second one i don’t think you need the particle after 학교 just after 앞.
      “학교 앞에서 도착하자마자 전화할게?”

  • Ryan

    일어나자마자 물음 마셔요.- I drink water as soon as I wake up.
    해수육장에 도착하자마자 수영을 했어요.- I went swimming as soon as I arrived at the beach.