Level 1 Lesson 19 / When / 언제

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So, 아침에 언제 일어나요?

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Level 1 Lesson 19 / When / 언제
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  • Somaᶰᶥᵐ ♥ 希

    오늘은 아홉시에 일어났어요. = I woke up at 9 O’clock today.

  • Raichu

    So I’m a little confused about word placement. If you’re asking “When do you go to school?” Which is actually correct:
    학교에 언제 가요? or 언제 학교에 가요?

    • Momoko-san

      For sentence structure, the first one is correct. Going by what we’ve learned so far, words like why, when, what, etc. goes right before the verb/verb conjugation.

  • 사라

    I have the same question as @raichumarie:disqus below, because in the Dictation section in the workbook, Track 57 is: “언제 집에 가요?”, but @elsjhwolf:disqus says that nothing should come between “when” and the verb.

    So which is correct:
    1. 언제 집에 가요?
    2. 집에 언제 가요?

  • Patrick

    오늘 5:15에 일어났어요.

  • 리성천 Rhee Sung Chun

    오늘 6:30시 이러나요.

  • Karan Kaur

    영화는 언제 시작하나요?

  • Sadaf

    오늘 일곱시 에 일어났어요.

  • Far Ah BenNai

    생일이 언제예요?

  • Depheny

    Why is the verb “일어나다” conjugated as “일어나요” if Hyunwoo translates the sentence as “when did you wake up”? Shouldn’t it be “일어났어요”?

    • Nicole Pruter

      That’s because he’s asking “when do you wake up”, like on a regular basis.
      언제 일어나요 = When do you wake up? (regularly)
      언제 일어났어요 = When did you wake up? (one day specifically)

  • Maureen Pavlik

    A: 오늘, 뭐 했어요?
    B: 오늘, 일했어요.
    A: 어디 일해요?
    B: 학교에 일해요.
    A: 학교에사 언제 갔어요?
    B: 아침에 갔어요. 아까 집에 왔어요. (<– I feel like it's probably more appropriate to use a verb meaning "to return" for this last sentence but I don't know what that verb is in Korean so I'm using past tense of "to come" instead cause that's what we'd say in English. :P)