How To Say "Kill Two Birds With One Stone" In Korean


The Korean grammar pattern “V + ㄹ/을 겸” reflects the English idiom of “killing two birds with one stone”.

It’s used to indicate that a single action results in two (or more) outcomes. By adding , the subsequent results are emphasized.

Grammar rule: Use V + ㄹ/을 겸 when indicating a single action with dual or multiple results. Emphasize subsequent outcomes with .

Dual outcomes with ㄹ/을 겸

Utilizing this pattern, speakers can concisely convey multiple benefits or results of a single action.

Here are some examples:

Sample sentences

친구를 만날 겸 한국에서 시간도 최대한 잘 활용할 겸 한국어를 배우기 시작했어요.
To make friends and make the most out of my time in Korea, I learned Korean.
살을 뺄 겸 스트레스도 풀 겸 헬스장에 등록할 생각이에요.
I joined the gym to lose weight and destress at the same time.
관광을 할 겸 수술도 싸게 받을 겸 외국인이 한국에 와요.
Foreigners come to Korea to sightsee and also to have surgery cheaply.
좋은 대학교에서 일하는 경험을 쌓을 겸 돈을 벌 겸 사우디에 왔어요.
I came to Saudi Arabia to gain experience working at a good university and also to earn money.
외국어를 연습할 겸 잘생긴 남자와 데이트를 할 겸 일부 사람이 언어교환해요.
Some people go to language exchanges to practice foreign languages and also date cute guys.
멋있어 보일 겸 피부가 햇볕에 잘 타는 걸 피할 겸 이 긴 소매 셔츠를 입고 있어요.
So that I look cool and so that I avoid getting sunburnt, I'm wearing this long sleeve shirt.


The “ㄹ/을 겸” pattern offers a structured way to talk about multiple outcomes resulting from one action in Korean.

Recognizing and utilizing this pattern can help learners convey complex ideas more succinctly.

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