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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  • Kristen Parks

    In a previous lesion to say it’s we used I-eyo and yeyo yet in this lesson isseoyo can also mean it is. Which one is more used? Is there a difference?

    • 세훈~

      이에요 & 예요 are used to say that something or someone ‘is’, ‘am’ or ‘are’. i.e.: to be.

      While 있어/없어 are used to say that you ‘have’ or that someone or someone exists. i.e.: to have/to exist.

    • Kristen Parks

      That makes sense. Thanks for the clarification. Gomawo! Don’t know how to do Korean characters on my laptop lol.

    • 세훈~

      You’re more than welcome! Glad i was able to help~

  • Brklnn.nn

    TTMIK 노무 재미 있어요

  • jessie

    do you still add 은/는/이/가 when saying things like: i have a cat, i have friends, i don’t have food etc?
    i looked at the pdf for this lesson but it didn’t include the particles in sentences like: 물 있어요 and 친구 없어요.

    • jessie

      could you also use 있어요/ 없어요 when saying things like “i have a cute dog”? (would that be “개 귀엽다 있어요/ 귀엽다 개 있어요”?)

    • Julie

      i think you should say something like “‘귀여운 개 있어요’. If I’m not mistaken, you should change the verb ‘귀엽다’ to an adjecrive in this case.

    • Juicy Pear

      It’s subject, verb, then object, so “cute dog have” and 은/는/이/가 is talked about more in the lesson it was introduced. You can download the pdf for it to get an overview. I’d explain it here, but I’m still trying to wrap my head around it

  • woah.. new student here and TTTMIK 재미 있어요!

    • Arooba

      Welcome fellow learner!

  • ivan

    TTMIK 재미 있어요!!!

  • brotakumin

    Learning this lesson made me understand BgA’s Dong Saya Dae more because they have a verse that says I don’t have friends haha ~

  • Josh

    안녕하세요. I am a new learner and would love study buddies, my Kakao ID is joasb97.

  • MoonQueen

    Hey! I am a new learner and I would like to meet a study buddy to make my learning effective! My kakao ID: gerdalala912

  • Faradila Din

    hello iam new to learning korean, i need friend for learn together. Anyone can help me~~. My id kakao : Dillay00

  • Paint on my Pants

    I really enjoyed this lesson with the special guests. TTMIK jae-mi i-sseo-yo! [would change the letters to Hangeul if I could 🙁 ]

  • Jim Awofadeju

    컴퓨터 있어요.
    저는 여자친구를 없어요.

  • Hikari Momo

    저도 남자친구 없어요 TT 엉엉엉

    • Claire

      Its funny how this is something that I wrote on my notebook! HAHAHAHHA

    • Hikari Momo


  • Claire

    I need a study buddy! A group study maybe better! Kakao talk ID: cuuhleerity

  • Ariah Nicole Jimmerson

    Do koreans use sarcasm like if someone is talking to you and you ignore them and say 재미있요 and how do you say uninterested or uninteresting or is it just 재미없어요

  • Patti

    안녕하세요~~ i started to learn korean some weeks ago and i feel that i need a friend so that we can learn together!! Anyone can help me?
    My id kakao : pattiisarmy

    • Pearl Minah

      Hey! I’d be willing. My ID is NanaAfraA0201, I’ve already added you.

    • Ashlee Moody

      Hi! I also need a partner to practice too! ID: AshMood

  • Miniminツ

    I want a study buddy to learn Korean with me. Preferably around my age (17). Maybe we can Skype and study together?

    • jiminthecutie

      Hey, i’m 16 and I’d be down. (also I’m guessing you’re an ARMY too because of your username?)

    • Miniminツ

      Yes, I am an army :)! How do you want to communicate?

    • jiminthecutie

      Do u have twitter??

    • Miniminツ

      yup, @Simplytaehyunq

    • jiminthecutie

      Okay mine is @lilcutiejimin

  • Samantha

    안녕~ I’m an Army who is fascinated by Korean culture. I recently started to learn Korean and I would love a study friend with whom I could talk/study on kakaotalk and make progress together. I’m 20 years old 🙂
    My kakao id is: prksjx
    Just message me and introduce yourself, I’d be very happy <3

    • Azura

      안녕! Also looking for a study friend. I only just started learning Korean a few weeks ago. I’m 22, and also an Army <3 I will add you on kakao talk

  • Ricky

    Hi, I’m also looking for a study friend to learn Korean with. I started not too long ago and would love to get better at speaking and understanding it with the help of someone as well! My kakao ID is RickyKho

  • bell

    Hii, everybody. Im looking for a study frined to learn Korean. I’m army and i’m 18 years old. I started learning Korean for some week ago. Message me, pls 🙂
    By the way, i’m not a native English speaker. Sorry If I make mistakes while writing :))
    My kakao is dxaxhh

    • Nina Tana

      Hii, i’m studying Korean, and i’m not a native english speaker too (i’m from Brazil)… Can we be friends or study together?!

  • Jenn A Whitecloud

    Im so disturbed by the “teasing” of kyenng-eun by hyunwoo. Its just straight up mean and unnecessary. I love this whole program and am learning a lot and appreciate all the work put in to create this…BUT why such behavior? Its borders on Misogynistic.

    • Mika

      Its only to make the lessons intresting and fun to watch. Personaly I dont have anything against it…

  • Hilal Kır

    Hey, I just started to learn Korean, I really appreciate some friends to study Korean a bit. My kakaotalk id is Hilalw 🙂 감사합니다!

    • Nina Tana

      Hii, i’m studying Korean, and i’m not a native english speaker (i’m from Brazil)… Can we be friends or study together?

    • Hilal Kır

      Of course, dont worry english is not my mother tongue neither

    • Nina Tana

      Where r u from?

  • kpop-anabell

    I’ve made a group chat for people studying Stage 1 of TTMIK on Kakaotalk. No matter how far through you are in Stage 1, you can join and ask questions. I’m hoping it can be a group where people can help each other even if they are ahead of others. If you want to join add my kakao: Anabellw0w

    • Nikka

      pls add me ID kwpniks.


  • Faith

    Am also looking for study buddies. You can add me on kakao…ITZPHAIT. I will add some people here too.

  • carls charles

    to say “there’s no school” can it be written as “학교 없어요” ???

    • Lily

      I think that could also mean that there’s no school…like at all.

  • 조슈아

    A: 마실까요?
    B: 시간없어요.
    A: 소주가 있어요!
    B: 왜그래? 시간없어요.
    A: 진짜?!
    B: 아이구! 병을 주새요.
    A: 뭐? 아, 마셨어요. 돈이에요?

    A: Shall we drink?
    B: I don’t have time.
    A: I have soju!
    B: Why are you like this? I don’t have time?
    A: Seriously!?
    B: Darnit! Pass me a bottle.
    A: What? Oh, I drank it. Do you have any money?

  • Nikka

    who has group chat in kakaotalk to learn korean? please add me
    My id: kwpniks

  • Natalia Jagusiak

    Hello there, I am currently looking for a partner to learn Korean (i’m a total beginner lol). I am both Polish and English speaker so I don’t mind in which language to communicate (but i would prefer English). I’m 16 so I would love to find mutuals but i wouldn’t mind what age you are <3
    My kakaotalk id: N0505J

    • shr.princeton

      Hi, I just started too! I’m 16 and from the US so English is my native language. My kakaotalk id is shr.princeton if you want to add me 🙂

    • Natalia Jagusiak

      Oh that’s great!

    • shr.princeton

      I’m having some trouble with my account 🙁 Do you have a facebook or a twitter???

    • shr.princeton

      If you don’t I just created a new KakaoTalk account because the old one wasn’t working. My new id is shr.nan0202

  • Brigitte Santana Rosero

    Hi there! I’m looking for anyone interested in practicing Korean. I’m just on level one but I’m trying my best to improve everyday. Add me if you need a study buddy too. 🙂
    My Kakaotalk ID is: briisantana (with a double i)
    I speak spanish too.