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

Warm Up Your Brain

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

I Overslept in Korean Featured

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*



Jun Hamm

Author img

⠂Made in Korea
⠂Made of 100% Korean
⠂Adjusted as 100% Korean
⠂Ready to active Professor Mode
⠂Love to make people laugh as much as I love to teach

Hello everyone, it’s your Korean teacher Jun! Thanks for learning Korean with me! I really want to say I admire your enthusiasm and passion for learning languages. No one forced you to yet you are here on your own to expand your knowledge. I’m happy I’m a part of it ?

I spent years making all the tutorials and I really hope it’d be super duper helpful for you. Also, I should mention that this website has been possible thanks to so many people with a good heart. They are the second author of all tutorials! ?




This Course Was $15

$15, maybe it’s nothing that you can earn after a couple of hours of labor. Or, maybe you have to work for full days to earn it only because of where you were born. And $15, It’s the average price of Korean textbooks. Life is unfair. But that’s why we can help each other, we are helping each other.

This Is Why I Published My Textbook For Free

I didn’t make it possible alone. A lot of people helped me and encouraged me and, of course, support me. I really appreciate my supporters, Team Junicorns. If my tutorials are helpful or if you want to share the same dream, join the Team Junicorns and support me to keep going.

Contact / Follow Me

ig img


yt img


pt img


dc img
Join Korean Jun Community!

Go Team Junicorn!

Why Korean Jun?

Super Real Korean

Do you really use some words such as ‘a little boy’, ‘lions’ or ‘carrot’ everyday? So, I’m not going to teach those.

The Magical POWER

The ancient magical language from the far far land. Learn Korean and it’ll make you look 500% more charming.

No Fake, No False

Some wise man in the internet age said ‘Don’t believe the internet’. However, in Korean Jun, any tutorial is triple checked! Accurate than any textbooks.

Build Korean Brain

Instead of forcing you to memorize words. I’m going to make you understand how Korean grammar really works. Learn Korean grammar triple faster!

Super Duper High-Quality

This is not just an internet free learning material. I spent years for the Core Grammar course.