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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  • 카린

    If I want to say “I want to have this.” can I say it like this?
    이거 있고 싶어요.

  • may

    Talk to me in Korean 은 재미 없어요 ㅋㅋㅋ

  • Yusra Mj

    ㅎㅎ 재미 있어요. 감사합니다..^^

  • 소녀시대 재미있어요.

  • Nekoprince

    If want to say “that person has time but he isnt fun” is it 그 사람은 시가 있어요 근데 재미없어요.

    • shalmi_315

      i am not sure its right but would
      ” jeo saram-i sigan isseyo kunde chaemil opseyo! ” someone correct me if i am wrong please

  • Is this sentence correct?
    나는 누나가 없어요.
    Can we conjugate verbs in 요 form when we use 나?

  • Katja Vajserman

    But if you want to say “This is fun” can’t you just say 이거 재미예요? Or do you have to say 이거 재미있어요?

  • MadChil

    TTMIK 재미있어요 🙂
    TTMIK 선생님 재미있어요 ^^


  • bardmain001

    TTMIK 재미있어요

  • bmwcksn

    Are the two guests staying for the upcoming podcasts too? I feel like now there are too many people in it and it makes the dialogue harder to follow.

  • Ranggala Adika

    I think James is only a nick name.

  • Nichole Marcela Rojas Chaverra

    Thank you for these lessons! The way ypu both teach us is excellent! Thank you very much! Greatings from Colombia!

  • Eduard Oltean Themlghamster

    How do you say i want to have this?

  • Μεg

    I just finished to learn the 10 first lessons and it was so great ! I enjoyed learning Korean with TTMIK and I hope to success in learning the all 9 level ! 감사합니다 ^^

    • Gregor

      Good luck to you, fellow learner! 화이팅! :>

    • Μεg

      감사합니다 !

  • madhur pateriya

    안녕하세요 , i was wondering what’s the difference between 시간는있어요 and 시간은없어요 before listening to this lesson i asked a question in hinative app and someone repleyed “시간이 없어요 is correct and natural expression.” Is it formal way to say this expression ? I have no idea so help me …

    • jasic ko

      go to Lesson 9

    • Gregor

      For 있어요 and 없어요, how about you review the lesson on this page? I think Hyunwoo and Kyeong-eun explain it very well :>

      for 은, 는, 이, 가 go back to Lesson 9.

      If your Korean sentence ends with 요, you are using polite language, so the answer to your last question is yes. 🙂

  • Genesis Martin

    i have a question . . . so are both i-sseo-yeo and eob-seo-yo conjugations for all the pronouns (i, you, he, she, it, we, you all and they)? please answer . . .

    • Gregor

      Yes they are! And in fact that is true for all verbs in Korean. There is no conjugation like we have it in western languages 🙂

  • Ella

    I’m enjoying these lessons but I really wish the PDF didn’t have romanization next to the Korean words.

    • Gregor

      I thought the same at first, but once I knew the Hangul well it was fairly easy to ignore the romanisation for me. If you feel unsure about some particular part, how about you write it down by hand only in hangul and make sure you can read it from that? :>

  • Shelly Hsiao

    TTMIK 재미있어요!

  • Şevval.

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  • Lacey Wilson

    So would 이거 잭 재미 있어요 mean this book is interesting?

    • Chris Hill


    • Camila Erazo

      아니에요! I think 이 책이 재미있어요 is the right way to say ” this book is interesting” because if you say “이거 잭 재미 있어요” means lilt “This thing book is interesting sounds weird”
      And 재미 있어요is wrong you need put the two words in one, 재미있어요 is the right way.
      If want I can explain you, just text me 🙂

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  • Emily Snodgrass (emsuzz)

    For this lesson in the book, the sample dialogue says

    A: 그럼 이것은요?
    (Then, what is this?)

    I’m just wondering why they didn’t use 이거 뭐예요?

    If it’s just another way to say it that’s cool but the part that throws me off is 이것은요. Mainly the last two syllables lol.

    • Ressa

      이 것은요 would be like, when, in English, in the middle of a conversation, we go, “Then, this is?” The “proper” way to say it would be 이것은 뭐여요? and 이걱은요 is the shortened form – another way to say it.

  • Ilona Celine

    Someone else also asked this but why is “This is fun” not 이거 재미예요? But instead 이거 재미있어요?

  • Karoline Robbsany

    Can I use this format with all grammatical persons?

  • I wanted to know if I wrote this sentence correctly. 한극 재미있어요. Does this mean “Korean is fun.”

    • michyeo

      it should be 한국어는 재미있어요

  • Oliver Smith

    Hi… so what is the difference between 이에요 and 있어요?

    Is it that the latter if more definitive?

    • Oxybless

      이에요 means “To be” and 있어요 means “To have, to exist”.
      For example: 이거 물이에요 means “This is water” whereas 물이에요 means “There is water” or “I have water”


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