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In today’s lesson, we will learn a useful phrase for when the Korean is coming at you fast and furious and the content is a little too much. Today’s phrase is, I am sorry. I don’t understand. In Korean, it’s 죄송합니다. 이해 못 해요. (joesonghamnida. ihae mot haeyo.) One time slowly, 죄송합니다. 이해 못 해요. (joesonghamnida. ihae mot haeyo.) And now by syllable, 죄-송-합-니-다. 이-해 못 해-요. (joe-song-ham-ni-da. i-hae mot hae-yo.) The first phrase is 죄송합니다 (joesonghamnida). It means sorry. Let’s break this phrase down and hear it one more time 죄-송-합-니-다 (joe-song-ham-ni-da). Next we have 이해 (ihae). This word means understand. One time by syllable, 이-해 (i-hae). Next we have 못 (mot) which means not possible. One time slowly, it’s 못 (mot). Lastly we have 해요 (haeyo) which is to do. One time by syllable, 해-요 (ha-yo). Altogether we have 죄송합니다. 이해 못 해요. (joesonghamnida. igae mot haeyo.)
This literally means sorry understand not possible to do. Translated, it’s I am sorry, I don’t understand. We can of course shorten this into just I don’t understand which of course is 이해 못 해요 (ihae mot haeyo). One time slowly, 이해 못 해요 (ihae mot haeyo). And now by syllable, 이-해 못 해-요 (i-hae mot hae-yo). Building on this, we can add the phrase, I don’t speak Korean which in Korean is 한국말 못 해요 (hangungmal mot haeyo). One time slowly, 한국말 못 해요 (hangungmal mot haeyo). And now let’s break it down by syllable, 한-국-말 못 해-요 (han-guk-mal mot hae-yo). The first word 한국말 (hangungmal) means Korean language. Let’s break this word down and hear it one more time. 한국말 (han-guk-mal). Next we have 못 (mot) which once again means can’t do or not possible. One time slowly, 못 (mot). And this is followed once again by 해요 (haeyo) which means to do. One time by syllable, 해-요 (hae-yo).
So altogether we have 한국말 못 해요 (hangungmal mot haeyo) which literally means Korean not possible to do or I can’t speak Korean. This phrase 한국말 못 해요 (hangungmal mot haeyo) may get you out of a jam in Korea. For example, when I was in Korea, a friend of mine who was a foreigner had taken the subway somewhere but as it turns out, she bought the wrong ticket and needed to pay a little more. It wasn’t much but the man at the ticket booth had asked her to pay some money. She was still fresh in Korea at that time and didn’t speak a lick of it. The only phrase she knew was 한국말 못 해요 (hangungmal mot haeyo). The ticket guy got frustrated and just let her pass. So who knows! Maybe this can get you out of a jam.
Okay. To close our today’s lesson, we’d like for you to practice what you’ve learned. I will provide you with the English equivalent of the phrase and you are responsible for shouting it out loud. You will have a few seconds before I give you the answer. So 화이팅 (hwaiting)!
I am sorry, I don’t understand - 죄송합니다. 이해 못 해요. (joesonghamnida. ihae mot haeyo.)
I don’t speak Korean - 한국말 못 해요 (hangungmal mot haeyo).
All right, that’s going to do it for today.

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Wednesday at 06:30 PM
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Let's practice, "죄송합니다, 이해 못 해요." :)

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Saturday at 01:07 AM
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Hi Natalia,


Thanks for posting. We get asked this a lot, this is because the mouth/tongue placement is similar for 'b' and 'm' sounds and when spoken quickly there can be a burst of air which causes the 'm' to sound somewhat like 'b', but it is an 'm' sound so please remember it as such!


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Lyn

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Natalia
Wednesday at 05:00 AM
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It's tricky, why does the word - 'mot' sound like instead of 'm' there is very loud 'b' at the beginning? Is my hearing impaired, or it really sounds just like b? 😅

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Hi rbcoast,


Thank you for posting. We're sorry to hear this. As you will mostly hear spoken sentences, please try to focus on the pronunciation of overall phrases/sentences.


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Lyn

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rbcoast
Wednesday at 06:38 AM
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I sometimes get confused because Keith's pronunciation seems to change from when he is breaking down the phrases by word and when he says the phrase altogether. Words like tau, jeosong come to mind.

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Friday at 10:40 AM
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Hi Jangs,


Thank you for posting! Please let us know if you have any questions.


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SUNDAY AT 7:04 PM

The irony of '한국말 못 해요.' hahahahaha love it!

Jangs
Sunday at 07:04 PM
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The irony of '한국말 못 해요.' hahahahaha love it!

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Saturday at 10:39 PM
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Hi Emilie,


Thank you for posting.


Please check out our lesson:

How Can You Tell Them It’s Not Very Good in Korean? (Learn how to say the Korean phrase meaning "so-so" or "not very good")

https://www.koreanclass101.com/lesson/newbie-lesson-s3-17-how-can-you-tell-them-its-not-very-good-in-korean/


Hope this helps!


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Emilie Griffis
Tuesday at 09:14 AM
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How would you apologize to someone for not speaking Korean well? For example, “I’m sorry. My Korean is not very good,” or, “Sorry. I don’t speak Korean well.”

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Saturday at 01:39 PM
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알야씨 안녕하세요,


Thanks for posting. You can use


이해가 안돼(요).

이해를 못 하겠어(요).

잘 모르겠어(요).


and it would all mean 'I don't understand'.

To break the phrases down:


~가 안되다=cannot do something/cannot make sense of something

이해=understand

-->이해가 안되다=cannot understand


못 하다=cannot do something (하다=to do 못=cannot 이해=understand)

-->이해를 못하겠어(요).=cannot understand


잘 모르다=not know something very well. 잘=확실하게(for sure) 모르다=not know =not know for sure

-->잘 모르겠어(요)=cannot know for sure


Hope this was of help. Please let us know if you have any other inquiries.

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Lyn

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알야
Friday at 08:00 PM
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안녕하세요!


So I once asked my friend, how to say "I don't understand" in Korean and he said that I can say "잘 모르겠어" or "이해가 안돼". But he didn't explain why and when I can use it.

My question is, what's the difference between "이해 못 해요", "잘 모르겠어", and "이해가 안돼" also in what case I can use them?


감사합니다 ?