Try To

Think about 5 things that you want to try right now. It doesn’t matter how small or big it is and list them on your mind. Then it’s time to learn how to say ‘I want to try something’ in Korean. By the way, In the Korean language, even ‘try to’ is a conjugation. It’s really hard to find what is not a conjugation. Anyway, Let’s start it.




Try To / Attempt To in Korean

‘보다’ means ‘to watch / see / look’. However, When you use ‘-보다’ as a conjugation in the present tense and the future tense, it becomes to have a meaning ‘try to do something’ or ‘attempt to do something’.


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Really interesting thing is that the nuance is really similar to the English word ‘see’. For example, If I say 먹어보다, then it literally means ‘eat and see’. It shares the sense of knowledge or experiences. (if you think about ‘I see’, you’d know why they are similar)





When you use it in the past tense, it becomes to have 2 different meanings at the same time. ‘I tried to do something’ or ‘I have done something’ to describe your experiences before.


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For example, 해봤어 sounds like ‘I tried to do it’ and at the same time, sounds like ‘I’ve done it before’





The Korean language use ‘-보다’ conjugation especially when the speaker suggest or provide something to the listener. Like your mom made something delicious and then said ‘Try it, it’s good’.


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Of course, it can be used just for suggestions in the Korean language, but it makes the tone very soft and sometimes sounds like giving a benefit to the speaker. (just like your mom)




Want To Try to in Korean

One of the most common phrases in the Korean language is probably this : -보고 싶다 (I want to try to do something).


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It’s a really useful phrase especially when you travel to a new place and a new culture and probably the phrase you would mostly say is ‘oh I want to try that’ or ‘I want to eat that’. At the moment, this -보고싶다 would be the most useful phrase. And, you can use it in a romantic way too.




Another Meaning

If you say 보고 싶다 and don’t use it as a conjugation. Then it means ‘I miss you’. Yes, 보고 싶다 literally means ‘want to see’ but native Koreans use it when they miss someone. (not something though)


보고 싶다
I miss you




What Do You Want To Try?

Sometimes you want to ask someone else to do something together for what you want to try, right? Then I’m 100% sure that you need the 주세요 conjugation. Why don’t you jump into the next tutorial and learn how to ask someone a favor? Also, if you liked this tutorial, check our Patreon page. We are waiting for a new CEO.



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