Level 5 Lesson 8 / It is about to …, I am planning to … / -(으)려고 하다, 하려고 하다


In this lesson, we are going to look at another way of talking about a future action or state ; -(으)려고 하다 It might seem like there are just way more types of future tenses in Korean than necessary, but they all serve their specific purpose, so they will all come in handy when you need to say certain things in some specific situations. Be sure to check the PDF for the correct spelling of the expressions and if you have any questions, please feel free to leave us comments!

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Level 5 Lesson 8 / It is about to …, I am planning to … / -(으)려고 하다, 하려고 하다
  • Eman

    한국에 가려고 했는데, 돈이 없있어요.


  • 마틴

    Hello wonderful TTMIK team!
    I was wondering if you could please explain the difference in meaning from these two sentences:

    비가 올 것 같아요
    비가 오려고 해요

    • Declan Mayer

      비가 올 것 같아요 – Use this when you want to say it might rain or it seems it might rain, but it also might not.

      비가 오려고 해요 – Based on what you see, it WILL rain.

  • Matt

    [1] 저는 제 한국어 읽기 능력을 향상시킬 몇몇 아동 도사 읽으려고 하는데, 제안이 있어요? = I plan on reading some children’s books to improve my Korean, do you have suggestions?
    [2] 저 사람 낭떠러지 떨어지려고 해요! = That person is about to fall of the cliff!
    [3] 아니요! 저 다른 사람은 그를 누릅으려고 해요! = No! That other person is going to push them!

    레슨 감사합니다!

  • Dania Freih

    일을 시작하려고 했는데, 너무 피곤해요.
    지금 먹으려고 하는데, 뭐 맛있어요?

  • Jae Kyeong

    저는 Starbucks에 공부하력고 한데, 여기에 너무 시끄러웠어요.
    I was going to study at Starbucks, but it was too noisy.

  • Angela Capellan

    나는 방에 청소했는데, 방에 오빠랑 더러운 발은 들어왔어요

  • Janni Versace

    I have a general question. Can this construction also mean to try V-ing something ? In the weekly korean vocabulary book it’s described as that. And what would be the difference to the 아/어/여 보다 form ?

  • what’s 하는 did i miss out on a lesson ?!

  • 감사합니다

  • Jessilyn Brinkman

    램프가 테이블애서 떨어지려고 해요. – The lamp is about to fall off the table.

    나가려고 해요. 저와 갈래요? – I’m going to go out. Do you want to go with me?

  • 야신

    내년 한국에 가려고 해서 재미있는 사람을 만날 수도 있어요. (I’m planning to go to Korea next year, so I might meet interesting people).

    남동생하고 스페인에 거대한 별장을 지으려고 해요. (My brother and I are planning to build a huge villa in Spain).

  • chris 크리스

    can i drop 고 in (으)려고?

  • Ailyn Soria Ecot

    친구가 영어를 생각해 가르치려고 하는데, 사이엔서 가르쳐요.

  • 현미

    Can you use (으)려고 하다 to mean “about to” for people too?
    저 여자가 떠나려고 해요. Does this still have nuance of “about to”?

  • Imogen Eve Blair

    제 핸드폰이 죽으려고 해요 = My phone looks like it is about to die/ my phone is about to die
    저는 그 영화를 보려고 했어요, 그렇지만 그것이 정말 나쁘다고 들었어요= I was planning to see that movie but I heard it is really bad.
    학교에 간 다음에 초코렛 먹으려고 했어요 그런데 제 어니가 다 먹었어요= After going to school I was planning to eat chocolate but my sister ate it all.

  • Owen

    um, why do people add another ~었 when they conjugated it in the past tense already ?

    Like they said in the lesson “했었는데”

  • Yuki

    umm I have a big doubt about this term now since I learned it as “in order to… blah blah” i.e: 우유를 사려고 슈퍼마켓 가요. Is that correct or it is a different grammatical term… or what? haha help please,thanks in advance^^

    내가 일어났을 때, 나는 내 핸드폰을 쳤고 거의 떨어질려고 했어요
    난 영화를 보려고 하는데 불이 꺼졌어

    • Abhishek Kumar

      in order to 하려고.
      intend to 하려고.해요
      slight difference.

    • Abhishek Kumar

      in order to — (-)려고
      Planning to — (-)려고 해요
      There is a slight difference Of 하다.
      If you say I am planning to go to market – 저는 시장 가려고 해요.
      I go to market in order to buy vegetables- 저는 야채 사려고 시장에 가요.

  • Morgan T

    Do 갈려고 했어 and 갈 뻔 했어 have the same meaning then?

  • EsW – 애스브연 맅란드

    어제 공부하녀고 했는데 내 아내 나가고 싶했어요
    Yesterday I wanted to study, but my wife wanted to go out

  • Dae

    오늘 일찍 은동하려고 했는데, 비가 왔어요
    I was going to exercise earlier today, but it rained.