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How To Say I Don’t Know How To in Korean

-ㄹ 줄 몰라요

[-l jul molayo]
I don’t know how to –

 

Basic form : -ㄹ 줄 모르다
반말(informal non-honorific) form : -ㄹ 줄 몰라
Positive form with 해요 speech style : -ㄹ 알아요

 

-ㄹ 줄 몰라요 is a Korean phrase to describe a lack of ability. It’s same to ‘I can’t -’ phrases. You can use this phrase like you don’t know how to cook, you don’t know how to dance because you suck at it.

How To Say I Don’t Know How To in Korean

– 어떻게 하는지 몰라요

[- eoddeoke haneunji molayo]
I don’t know how to –

 

If you want to say a bit more specific for methods(how), then you can use 어떻게 하는지 몰라요 to say ‘I don’t know how to do’ in Korean. 어떻게 means ‘how’ and 하는지 means ‘to do’ in Korean. However, it’s mostly used to be very specific for how to do a specific thing.

How To Use

A: 준씨 저랑 춤 추실래요?
Do you want to dance with me Jun?
B: 저는 춤 출 줄 몰라요
I don’t know how to dance

 

A: 스시 해주실 수 있어요?
Can you make Sushi?
B: 스시는 할 줄 몰라요
I don’t know how to make Sushi

 

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A: 이거 어떻게 하는지 모르겠어요
I don’t know how to do this
B: 그냥 이거만 잡아당기면 되요
You just need to pull this out

Be More Specific

You can be more specific for what you can’t do like ‘I don’t know how to cook this’. You need to use determiners such as ‘이(this)’, ‘그(the) or refering the thing. However, in this case, it sounds much better with the topic marker 은/는 for what you don’t know how to do and no dropping it.

 

요리는 할 줄 몰라요
[i yori-nuen hal jul molayo]

(I) don’t know how to cook this

Using 은/는

You can see I use a topic marker 은/는 for what you don’t know how to do in this sentence. 은/는 makes this phrase much more natural because it sounds like ‘I know how to cook but this food’.

 

이 요리 어떻게 하는지 몰라요
[i yori-nuen eoddeoke haneunji molayo]

I don’t know how to cook this food

Vocabulary Note

-랑 [rang] : with
춤 추다 [chum chuda] : to dance
알다 [alda] : to know
모르다 [moreuda] : to not know
스시 [seusi] : sushi
해주다 [hejuda] : to do something for someone
이거 [igeo] : this [pronoun]
어떻게 [eoddeoke] : how
잡아당기다 [jaba-ddanggida] : pull
이 [i] : this
요리 [yori] : food