"The man speaks English well."

Translation:남자가 영어를 잘합니다.

September 21, 2017



잘합니다 implies that you also do it "well"? I see no adjective for "well".

September 21, 2017


The infinitive verb 하다 means to do and if you add the adjective 잘 to the front of it, it means: to do X를 well. In Korean, their adjectives can actuallybe verbs. For example a direct translation of this sentence is: Man goods English. But because in English we can't use an adjective as a verb, its hard to understand for native English speakers. Another example might be: 개가 나쁘다 (The dog is bad), but the direct translation in English would be "Dog bads."

September 21, 2017


잘 = means "well" "잘"합니다 = to do well

September 1, 2018


Theres no word for "speaks" in this sentence. "The man does English well" do you not need 말하다?

July 2, 2018


I'm wondering the same. Is it that it doesn't fit, or are we just saying "the man does english well"?

August 7, 2018


Let's take this one step further:

이야기 하다 - story + to do

말 하다 - word/speech + to do

대화 하다 - conversation + to do

So, next you get:

[ ]어 하다 - [country] language + to do

And here, 영국 is the Korean name for England, contracted to just 영 (as 국 means country).

So this sentence really is "The man does England language well."

So, to answer B. StarGirl's question directly, the reference to talking in this sentence is 어 (language).

August 30, 2018


Yes, 잘 is the adverb "well". And "to speak English" is 영어를 하다 ... literally "to do English". Duolingo is the only place I've seen the adverb mashed into the verb 하다 ... I've always wrote it as 잘 하다.

August 11, 2018


Yeah i got marked as a typo for separating the adjective from the verb.

September 11, 2018


According to dictionaries there is both the form with the adverb seperate and the compound verb 잘하다. I am not sure whether there is a difference between "to do something well" and maybe "be good at something".

December 4, 2018


But 대화합니다 means speak or talk according to duolingo and 잘 means well... So why am I wrong? 남자가 영어를 잘 대화합니다...

August 24, 2018


대화합니다 is more like 'to converse', 'to have a conversation'. And in this sentence u don't need to have the verb 'to speak' because in Korean an adjective can be turned into a verb, 잘 합니다: 'to do well'. The sentence is in fact "The man does English well."

August 30, 2018


Is there a reason, why Korean is "Korean-Land-Language" 韓國語 (한국어), but English only "English-Language" 英語 (영어), although England is 英國 (영국), too? Or can you drop and add 國, as you like?

December 4, 2018


That is an astute question ... I will venture an answer. I think 韓 is ambiguous ... only one of several meanings for that character maps to Korea, according to a few references I looked at. Like so many Chinese-derived words, it is the combination of two or more characters that gets you from general concept to specific denotation. And in this case, it's 'close to home' ... in other words, 한 could reference a lot of familiar things (like, isn't there a Han Dynasty, and a Han ethnic group in China, and a Han surname?). So I'm guessing the foreign country references are less ambiguous?

A corollary question I would pose is: You hear 한국말 a lot, but I don't recall Koreans using 미국말 or 영국말. Are these forms correct?

December 4, 2018


미국말 and 영국말 are correct, but I've never heard or seen either used -- same with 오스트레일리아말. There's probably a historical reason why 영어 was chosen to represent the entirety of "English language" rather than geographically restricting the word to England (영국말).

February 8, 2019


Is there significance in "를"?

February 11, 2019


what is the difference between 를 vs 로 for languages?

April 11, 2019


Well, 를 marks it as the direct object what do I speak, but 로 as an instrument with what do i speak.

April 11, 2019
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