Level 6 Korean Grammar

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How about …? / ~ 어때요?

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What do you think about …? / 어떻게 생각하세요? / 어떤 것 같아요?

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One of the most … / 가장 ~ 중의 하나

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Do you mind if I …? / -아/어/여도 돼요?

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I’m in the middle of …-ing / -는 중이에요

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Word Builder Lesson 9 / -님

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One way or the other / 어차피

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I’m not sure if … / -(으/느)ㄴ지 잘 모르겠어요.

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While you are at it / -(으)ㄴ/는 김에

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Sentence Building Drill 6

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I mean… / 그러니까, 제 말 뜻은, -라고요, 말이에요

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What do you mean? What does that mean? / 무슨 말이에요?

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Word Builder 10 - 과(過)

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“/ (slash)” or“and” / -(으)ㄹ 겸

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The thing that is called, what they call … / -(이)라는 것

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Suffix -겠-

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let me tell you… / -거든(요)

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Either A or B, Or / -거나, -(이)나, 아니면

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To improve, to change, to increase / -아/어/여지다 Part 2

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Sentence Building Drill 7

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Passive Voice – Part 1

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Word Builder 11 / 무 (無)

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Passive Voice – Part 2

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I DID do it, I DO like it / -기는 하다

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Easy/difficult to + V / -기 쉽다/어렵다

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I thought I would …, I didn’t think you would … / -(으)ㄴ/ㄹ 줄 알다

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Can, to be able to, to know how to / -(으)ㄹ 수 있다, -(으)ㄹ 줄 알다

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It depends on … / -에 따라 달라요

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Sometimes I do this, sometimes I do that / 어떨 때는 -고, 어떨 때는 -아/어/여요

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Sentence Building Drill 8

What do you think about …? / 어떻게 생각하세요? / 어떤 것 같아요?

In this lesson, let us take a look at how to say “What do you think about …?” in Korean. There are various ways to say “What do you think?” in Korean, but here we will take a look at the two most commonly used expressions ; “어떻게 생각해요?” and “어떤 것 같아요?”

In this lesson, let us take a look at how to say “What do you think about…?” in Korean. In our previous lesson, we introduced the expression 어때요?, which means “How about…?”. Sometimes this expression, 어때요?, can also be used to mean “What do you think?”.


어때요? 

= How is it?

= How about …?

= What do you think? 


When you want to add more details to the sentence and say “What do you think about + NOUN?” or “What do you think about + VERB-ing?”, you need to use different expressions.


There are various ways to say “What do you think?” in Korean, so let us take a look at the two most commonly used expressions.

1. 어떻게 생각해요?  

= What do you think?


어떻게 = how, in what manner

생각하다 = to think


2. 어떤 것 같아요?

= What do you think? 


것 같아요 = I think, you think 


Ex)

좋은 것 같아요 = I think it’s good.

큰 것 같아요 = I think it’s big.

비 오는 것 같아요 = I think it’s raining.


The word “what” is used for the English translation because you ask “what” is on someone’s mind or “what” are their thoughts about a certain topic, but in Korean, you use the word “how” because you are asking about “how” someone looks at the matter or “how” they think something is. 


The basic verb for “to be how” is 어떻다 and when you change it into an adverb, it becomes 어떻게. 


어떻게 생각해요? is literally translated as “HOW think?”


어떤 것 같아요? is literally translated as “HOW it seems?” or “What kind of thing it seems like?”

(*To review -(으/느)ㄴ 것 같다, go back to Level 3 Lesson 9.)


Koreans frequently use “어떻게 생각해요?” in both written and spoken language, but “어떤 것 같아요?” is used more often in spoken language.


What do you think ABOUT + NOUN?

The expression for “about” in Korean is -에 대해서. “-에” means “to/at/toward”, and “대해서” means “about”.


About school = 학교에 대해서

About me = 저에 대해서 (formal language), 나에 대해서 (casual language)

About what = 뭐에 대해서 


You can add “-요” at the end to make a complete sentence: “뭐에 대해서요?” Sometimes, people also drop the “서” at the end and just say “-에 대해”.


What do you think about _______?

= _______에 대해서 어떻게 생각해요?

= _______ 어떤 것 같아요?


Ex) 

What do you think of the school?

= 학교에 대해서 어떻게 생각해요?

= 학교 어떤 것 같아요? 


What do you think ABOUT + VERB-ing?

In order to use “about / -에 대해서" after a verb, the verb needs to be changed to the noun form of -는 것. 


하다 = to do

하는 것 = noun of 하다


이렇게 하다 = to do it like this

→ 이렇게 하는 것에 대해서 = about doing it this way


물어보다 = to ask

→ 물어보는 것에 대해서 = about asking 


Ex)

물어보는 것에 대해서 어떻게 생각해요?

물어보는 것 어떤 것 같아요? 


To make this expression easier to pronounce, you can drop the “ㅅ” consonant in “것에".


물어보는 거에 대해서 어떻게 생각해요?

물어보는 거 어떤 것 같아요? 


Sample Sentences

이 책에 대해서 어떻게 생각하세요? 

= What do you think about this book?


이 책 어떤 것 같아요?

= What do you think about this book?


* Remember, if you use 어떤 것 같아요 you don’t need to add the word “about/-에 대해서” because 어떤 것 같아요 already means “what does it seem like?”.

** 어떤 것 같아요 is more commonly used with friends or those you are close with.


어릴 때 유학을 가는 것에 대해서 어떻게 생각하세요? 

= What do you think about studying abroad at a young age?


어릴 때 유학 가는 거, 어떤 것 같아요?

= What do you think about studying abroad at a young age?


제 아이디어에 대해서 어떻게 생각하세요?

= What do you think about my idea?


제 아이디어 어떤 것 같아요?

= What do you think about my idea?

* In English, you can ask someone what they thought in the past tense, such as “What did you think about my idea?”, but in Korean, you don’t say 제 아이디어에 대해서 어떻게 생각하셨어요?. You should say it in the present tense. If you say it in the past tense, you are implying the person changed their mind. 

In this lesson, let us take a look at how to say “What do you think about …?” in Korean. There are various ways to say “What do you think?” in Korean, but here we will take a look at the two most commonly used expressions ; “어떻게 생각해요?” and “어떤 것 같아요?”
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