I Overslept in Korean

Hi everyone, it’s your Korean teacher Jun. Everybody has an experience that you oversleep oneday. It can be a workday or a weekend. Oversleeping feels like heaven though. Even if you don’t oversleep usual, it’s a very common thing that we can see in our life. So, today we are going to learn how to say I overslept in Korean

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Overslept in Korean is a complex verb that uses 늦다 and 잠자다. Can you guess a correct answer?

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How To say I Overslept in Korean


I overslept


Basic form : 늦잠자다
반말(informal non-honorific) form : 늦잠잤어
Negative form with 해요 speech style : 늦잠 안잤어요


It’s perfectly same to English word ‘oversleep’. You can use it when you wake up literally late like wake up at afternoon or simply wake up late for your school or work. 늦잠자다 is an informal word at least as how it sounds. Native Koreans prefer to say ‘wake up late’ to explain something in not casual situations.

Word Structure

늦잠자다 is a complex verb that is combined of 3 different Korean words. 늦 is a suffix that means ‘late’, 잠 is a noun that means ‘sleep’, 자다 is a verb that means ‘sleep’. 잠 and 자다 are often used together to mean ‘sleep’ as a complex verb itself.


늦 + 잠 + 자다
Late + Sleep (noun) + Sleep (verb)

How To Use

A: 오늘 왜 늦었어요?
Why were you late today?
B: 늦잠잤어요
I overslept


A: 너무 피곤해요
I’m so tired
B: 내일 늦잠자도 괜찮아요
It’s okay to oversleep tomorrow


A: 오늘 일부러 늦잠잤어요
I overslept on purpose today
B: 왜요?
A: 꿈에서 여자친구를 봤거든요
Because I saw my gf in my dream
B: 근데 상훈씨는 여자친구가 없잕아요?
But Sanghun, you don’t have a gf
A: 꿈에서는 있었어요
I had in my dream
B:주륵 ㅠㅠ
*tear drops*

Another Expression

늦게 일어났어요
[neutkke ileo-nasseoyo]
I woke up late


늦잠 잤다 normally isn’t so natural to use in formal situations. The word sounds like very informal. Native Koreans also say ‘늦게 일어났어요’ which means ‘I woke up late’. You can use it in formal situations or informal situations both.

Vocabulary Note

오늘 [oneul] : today
왜 [we] : why
늦다 [neutdda] : to be late
너무 [neomu] : too much / too many
피곤하다 [pigonhada] : to be tired
내일 [neil] : tomorrow
괜찮다 [gwenchanta] : to be fine / alright / okay
일부러 [ilbureo] : on purpose
꿈 [ggum] : dream
여자친구 [yeojachingu] : girlfriend
보다 [boda] : see / look / watch
근데 [geunde] : but
없다 [eopdda] : to not have
주륵 [jureuk : *tear drop*