-는데 Meaning in Korean

Hello guys, it’s your Korean Teacher Jun! Today I brought another really amazing tutorial for an unique Korean word. It’s 는데. I’m 100% sure you’ve heard 는데 at least once if you like Korean dramas, songs or talking to your Korean friends in Korean. You must know how to use 는데 because It’s the word native Koreans can’t live without lol. Today, we are going to master how to say 는데 in Korean.


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-는데 Meaning in Korean




는데 is a conjunctive conjugation that can be translated as sooooo many things in English. Sorry my friend, no matter what you guessed, English doesn’t have a perfect matched word for 는데.


는데 can be translated differently based on a context. It can be ‘But / Even though / Though / While / When / And / So’. It’s used to describe a reason or a situation for a related consequence, an order, a suggestion or an asking. It works as ‘(reason)는데 (consequence)’.

How To Use

공부하는데 방해하지 마세요
I’m studying. (so,) don’t distract me
= so


공부하고 있었는데 차차씨가 전화했어요
I was studying and Chacha called me
Chacha called me when/while I was studying
= while / when / and


해봤는데 쉽진 않네요
I tried but it’s not easy
= but


어려운데 한번 해보긴 할께요
I’ll try even though it’s difficult
= although / even though / though


저도 쉬는데 같이 놀러갈까요?
It’s my day off too, wanna hang out?
= suggestion / asking

는데 Ending in Korean

는데 also can be used to make an exclamation or a question as an ending. In this case, 요 is added at the end with 해요 speech style. When it’s used to ask a question. 는데 can be translated as ‘so’, ‘and’, ‘but’.


는데 Ending can be used only with 반말(informal non-honorific) or 해요체 (요 speech style : informal honorific).


정말 맛있는데요?
It’s really good
= Exclamation

뭐 먹었는데요?
So, what did you eat?
= Asking