Too much, Very / 너무
Linking Verbs with -고
In front of, Behind, On top of, Under, Next to / 앞에, 옆에, 위에, 밑에, 뒤에
Shall we? / I wonder / -(으)ㄹ까요?
Approximately, About / 쯤, 약, 정도
Future Tenses / -(으)ㄹ 거예요 vs -(으)ㄹ게요
Linking Verbs With -아/어/여서
To look like, To seem like / 같아요
To seem like, To look like (with verbs) / -ㄴ 것 같아요
Before -ing / -기 전에
ㅂ irregular / ㅂ 불규칙
But still, Nevertheless / 그래도
Making Adjectives / Descriptive Verbs + -ㄴ 명사
Making Adjectives / Action Verbs + -는/(으)ㄴ/(으)ㄹ + 명사
Well then, In that case, If so / 그러면, 그럼
Let’s / -아/어/여요 (청유형)
In order to, For the sake of / 위하다, 위해, 위해서
Nothing but, Only / 밖에 + 부정형
After -ing / 다음에
Even if, Even though / -아/어/여도
Linking Verbs with -는데 / noun + -인데, adjective + -ㄴ데
Maybe I might… / -(으)ㄹ 수도 있어요
Word Builder 1 / 학(學)
르 irregular / 르 불규칙
Verb Ending / -네요
ㄷ irregular / ㄷ 불규칙
Politeness Levels / 반말 and 존댓말
“Let’s” in casual language / 반말
ㅅ irregular / ㅅ 불규칙
Word Builder 2 / 실(室)
Test Your Korean
안녕하세요! Let’s get right into this lesson! Sometimes when you want to do things with other people, you will say things like “let’s go,” “let’s do it,” or “let’s start.” Today in this lesson, let’s look at how to say “let’s” in Korean.
There are a few different ways to say this in Korean:
1. -아/어/여요 [polite/plain]
2. -(으)시죠 [honorific]
3. -자 [informal]
4. -(으)ㄹ래요? [polite/casual]
5. -(으)실래요? [polite/formal]
시작하다 [si-ja-ka-da] = to start; to begin
1. 시작해요. [si-ja-kae-yo] = Let’s start. (plain)
2. 시작하시죠. [si-ja-ka-si-jyo] = Let’s start. (honorific)
3. 시작하자. [si-ja-ka-ja] = Let’s start. (informal)
4. 시작할래요? [si-ja-kal-lae-yo?] = Shall we start? (polite/casual)
5. 시작하실래요? [si-ja-ka-sil-lae-yo?] = Shall we start? (polite/formal)
The most frequently used form is number 1, -아/어/여요 [-a/eo-/yeo-yo], and we will be focusing on how to understand and use this form to mean “let’s.” The other forms will be covered through our future lessons.
Yes. This is the same form as the plain present tense, but don’t worry. You can tell the difference through context. Let’s take a look at a few sample sentences to see how the easily the meaning can be determined.
1. 저도 서점에 갈 거예요. 같이 가요!
[jeo-do seo-jeo-me gal geo-ye-yo. ga-chi ga-yo!]
= I’m going to the bookstore, too. Let’s go together!
2. 배 안 고파요? 우리 햄버거 먹어요.
[bae an go-pa-yo? u-ri haem-beo-geo meo-geo-yo.]
= Aren’t you hungry? Let’s eat hamburgers.
3. 지금 두 시예요. 세 시에 여기에서 만나요.
[ji-geum du si-ye-yo. se si-e yeo-gi-e-seo man-na-yo.]
= It’s two o’clock now. Let’s meet here at three o’clock.
4. 저 금요일까지 바빠요. 토요일에 시작해요. 어때요?
[jeo geu-myo-il-kka-ji ba-ppa-yo. to-yo-i-re si-ja-kae-yo. eo-ttae-yo?]
= I’ll be busy until Friday. Let’s start on Saturday. What do you think?
5. 다른 데 가요. 여기 안 좋은 것 같아요.
[da-reun de ga-yo. yeo-gi an jo-eun geot ga-ta-yo.]
= Let’s go somewhere else. I think this place is not so good.
** Most Korean phrase books out there will teach learners the ending -(으)ㅂ시다. There are some situations that you would be able to use -(으)ㅂ시다 naturally, but not in everyday situations. For example, if you are talking with your close friends, you should never say -(으)ㅂ시다. We will introduce when it is appropriate to use -(으)ㅂ시다 in a future lesson, but for now, please just use -아/어/여요.