Level 1 Lesson 10 / have, don’t have, there is, there isn’t / 있어요, 없어요

In this lesson, you can learn how to say that you have something or that something exists in Korean. The expression 있어요 [i-sseo-yo] can mean both “have” and “exist” and the opposite expression, 없어요 [eop-seo-yo] can mean both “don’t have” and “don’t exist.” Listen to the lesson to find out how to use them in real-life context. And as always, if you have any questions at all, please feel free to ask us in the comment for this lesson! 감사합니다.

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Level 1 Lesson 10 / have, don’t have, there is, there isn’t / 있어요, 없어요
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  • Charles

    this site is really helpful thanks guys!

  • Leticia M

    can I make a negative question? like 시간 없어요? or 친구 없어요?

  • Ana Luiza

    감사합니다! 재미있어요!

  • Eboni Croney

    Question. Ive been really curious about the word or phrase twae-yo in korean. What exactly is that? Ive only ever seen it in books but im not really sure how to comprehend it if we have obseo and isseo. Thanks

  • Adeline Garcia

    TTMIK 재미있어요

  • Sana ShyShyShy

    너무 감사합니다 TTMIK!!
    시간 없어요, but I make time for these lessons and i’m very thankful for the lessons as well.
    TTMIK 정말 재미 있어요!! 안녕히 계세요~

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  • Somaᶰᶥᵐ ♥ 希

    이 교습이 쉬운 있어요. << I said "this lesson is easy" I hope it's right if it's wrong tell me. 🙂 고맙습니다!!

    • Simay

      I think it is ”이 수업은 쉬워요.”
      I think the word “수업” is more suitable because it means class or lesson while the word “교습” means instruction or training (but can be used I think Idk) And the word “쉬워요” is the conjuctive form of “쉽게” which means easy.
      I hope this helped. I’m not a native English speaker so if there are any mistakes sorry for that ^.^

    • Somaᶰᶥᵐ ♥ 希

      thank you for your help 🙂

  • Kathinski Laminski

    Oh guys, I 정말 love your Show! :))
    I’m so stressed, because.. well life and everything, but learning Korean like this is SO refreshing. 너무 좋아요. <3 And I'm normally quite bad at learning foreign languages. 😡

  • Rachel Sheil

    Thank you so much for your wonderful lessons! So what is the specific difference between “ieyo” and “isseoyo”? Is it just that “ieyo” can’t be used for “to have” but “isseoyo” can be used for both “to be” and “to have”?

  • pragnya mishra

    Can anyone tell me where to use eob-seo-yo and where eob-seo-da

  • Karen Tay

    TTMK 재미있어요! 감 사 합 니 다 !.

  • Kira M

    I learned that, because my printer won’t print the colored parts of the PDF lessons, filling them in is pretty good.

  • Maureen Pavlik

    Can someone tell me if this is right? Still trying to figure out 이/가 vs. 은/는

    If I said, “물이 잆어요!” would this be correct in the context of I went to turn on the faucet and no water came out and I’m like “There’s no water!” sort of outraged cause I don’t know why there’s no water but now I can’t take a shower.

    • graham brown

      네! Use “이” and “가” when you are stating an observation you have made without comparing what you said to something or beginning a discussion on the topic (hence why you would use subject markers in this case because you are not beginning a new topic to be discussed).

      This is what I’ve gathered from these lessons and other sources. Hope it helped~!

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  • Kirstin Traylor

    I had to listen to this twice to understand 은 &이 in 시간 이 없어요 and 시간 은 없어요
    Another great lesson! TTMIK 재미 있어요!

  • DC

    I’m confused… Since “i-sseo-yo” can mean “to be” OR “to have,” could it mean “I AM” something, in addition to “I have” something or “there is” something? For example, would “I am a child,” and “I have a child” be the same sentence in Korean?

    • Kaven Chanthaphy

      I am learning as well.. From my understanding: 이에요 and 예요 is I am.

      “I am a child/I’m a child” 아이예요

      “I have a child” 아이있어요

      Please correct me if I am wrong. 🙂

  • 나연

    TTMK 재미었어요! 감사합니다!!

  • DMarin

    Can anyone help me understand why teacher 현우 romanizes his name as Hyunwoo?

  • Ty

    7 years later..TTMIK 재미 있이요!

  • Kim Seoyeon

    TTMIK 재미 었어요 감사합니다

  • Infires

    Can you drop the 요 in 었어요 and 없어요 to make it less formal or is that the whole word?

    • Starry Night

      Can. That is plain form (반말)

  • Nicole R.

    TTMIK 재미있어요! [jae-mi-i-sseo-yo]

  • svtWW

    Thanks! 재미 없어요 reminds me Seventeen’s song “No F.U.N.”. It has 더는 재미 없어 in the lyrics! ^^

  • Leticia Nogueira

    thanks for the lesson <3

  • Elisha Santillana

    Can you say I have a stomach ache with the 있어요 expression? Can it be used for