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The answer is the context.
For the 2nd sentence, you can say it the same way as the first sentence, OR you can emphasize the word, 물 (water), and then add 이예요 (is) separately.

Well, the 2nd sentence isn’t wrong, either. You COULD say 한 손으로 손목시계를 차는 것이 어려워요.
Although they have the same meaning, I think the nuance is slightly different.
1st sentence: 한 손으로 손목시계를 차는 것은 어려워요. “It’s hard to put a wristwatch on with one hand.” The speaker just wants to say this and that’s all she wants to say.
2nd sentence: 한 손으로 손목시계를 차는 것이 어려워요. “It’s hard to put a wristwatch on with one hand…” Here, the speaker is saying this sentence to explain something else. Like 한손으로 손목시계를 차는것이 어려워요. 그래서 매일 남편한테 시계 채워달라고 부탁해요. (It’s hard to put a wristwatch on with one hand, so I always ask my husband it put it on for me.) Or better yet, you would say it this way. “한손으로 손목시계를 차는것이 어려워서 매일 남편한테 시계 채워달라고 부탁해요.” “Because it’s hard to put the wristwatch on with one hand, I ask my husband to put it on for me everyday.”

  1. 아이는 신발을 벗는 것이 쉽지 않다. It’s not wrong per say, but it’s awkward, and it doesn’t sound fluent. It can be used when you are talking about a specific child who has a disability or some type of issue. So you can say “이 아이는 장애때문에 신발을 벗는것이 쉽지 않다.” “Due to her disability, it’s hard for this child to take the shoes off.”

  2. 아이가 신발을 벗는 것은 쉽지 않아요” “It’s hard for a child to take the shoes off.” This is a general sentence about children.


Thank you so much for the explanation. I understood it well now :blush:


Take a listen guys, please give out your feedback here too, in discussions :slightly_smiling_face:
Video is 11:29
Cooking Korean food, speaking only (she tried) in Korean.


Is she from Mazelee family? I watch their video’s sometimes. Her flow of speaking sounds good


Yes, it’s A•my•ah their oldest, a teen :slight_smile: it’s neat that you too follow the mazelee family.
Thanks for your experienced feedback @oriya :blush: :white_check_mark:
Amyah took up structured learning at an older age, based on the families vlogs. She’s watched dramas since very, very young, over her aunt’s shoulder, and with adult supervision, also based on the vlogs. :blush:
I hear her use of, a lot of, the more popular words, often used in convo, talking about k-pop stars, or from k- dramas.


There’s this song by Seventeen called 포옹 and I’m still confused over the meaning of one of the lyrics. Most of the sites give contradicting translations, and Papago was also not helpful.

“오늘 하루도 힘들었을 너에게 말해줄래
내가 있다고, 수고 했다고, 사랑한다고, 꽉 안아준다고”

This is the confusing part - “너에게 말해줄래”
I thought “너에게” means “to you”, so the sentence should mean “Can I tell you?” but a lot of translations say “Can you tell me?”. Am i missing something important related to the “-해줄래” particle?


Actually, 너에게 말해줄래 is “I will tell you”. It is a statement not a question.


Isn’t -해줄께 the particle used for a statement? How do I distinguish between a question and a statement when -해줄래 is used?


In the absence of a question mark, you can tell from the context. Since you know that 너에게 means “to you”, it wouldn’t make much sense to say “I will tell you?” I think that’s why many have erroneously translated it to “Can you tell me?” If I want to say “Can I tell you?” I would say 너에게 말해줄수 있을까?


Has anyone used Talk To Me In Korean grammar text books in learning Korean? If so, any feedback would be appreciated.

Or please share if there are any other books or online courses that were helpful to you personally.

Thanks in advance!


There’s an official TTMIK group on Discord for conversation and to help each other with language-learning problems or TTMIK assignments… You can join even if you are learning from somewhere else and just need a resource for conversation. I dont know whether you’re on Discord or not, though.

An online resource I find REALLY useful is
They explain everything really well, focusing more on the grammar, structure and science behind the language rather than conversation/cultural context/everyday language skills(what Duolingo and 90daykorean are good at). It’s aimed at preparing students for the TOPIK, so you could describe it as having the “good old textbook style” encompassing all levels in 7 units - from the basics to advanced levels. I think its still an ongoing project, but there are currently 158 lessons available. There’s also a set of Hanja lessons.

I like how they break everything down to bits and help you learn the whys and hows of grammar so you can build your own sentences. To my knowledge, the person who has written it is an American with a Korean wife(she records all the audios). There is an associated YouTube channel for video learners, and they have some other resources like flash cards and workbooks.

90daykorean also has some helpful resources, both free and paid. Haven’t tried the paid stuff, but it connects you to an “Inner Circle” of native Korean-speaking teachers.


So does the sentence mean “Today was hard [for the listener] too, so I will tell you that I’m here, you did well, I love you, and i want to hug you tight.” ?
I’m having a hard time distinguishing between what is intended for the object and what is describing the subject here :sweat_smile:


Thanks so much for your feedback.

It’s not for me anyway. :slight_smile:

Will have them check out and 90daykorean, and pass along your feedback.



Now it’s my turn to answer your question. :wink:

“I will tell you, who must have had yet another hard day, that I am here, you’ve done a good job, I love you, and that I am hugging you tightly.”


I guess “. . .you. . .” is, the subject in the sentence?




“I” would be the subject and “you” would be the object.


Unlike English, Koreans oftentimes omit subject and/or object in their sentences and assume that the listener will understand the meaning from the context. Here is an interesting read from Reddit.

In the above sentence 너에게 말해줄래, the subject “I (내가)” has been omitted.


Thank you, @ajumma2 and @choitrio!! I learnt something new today! :blush::smiling_face_with_three_hearts:


I have all of the TTMIK books pdfs I am willing to share.
Email me at and list which pdfs you would like (: I would love to help.


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