Level 1 Lesson 5 / It’s me, What is it? / 이에요,예요

After listening to this lesson, you can form simple present tense sentences like “It’s water.” “It’s me.” or “It’s a dictionary.” and you can also ask “What is it?” in Korean. The basic way in which Korean sentences are formed is different from the way English sentences are formed because the position of the verb in a sentence is different. In Korean, the verb “to be” comes AFTER a noun, and you can learn how to form simple “to be” sentences in Korean by listening to this episode of TalkToMeInKorean. Be sure to use the free PDF attached to this lesson as well.

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Level 1 Lesson 5 / It’s me, What is it? / 이에요,예요
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  • morgyy-morgg

    안녕, 저는 학생이에요.

  • Youtuber

    The REAL question here is To be or not to be…lol

  • elifreakist

    물desu 🙁





  • Chris Chris

    너는 똥이에요!
    저는 예프다에요!
    너는 한극이에요? ㅣㅇㅣ

    • 조슈아

      I’m sure you have already figured what I am going to say out. But just to make sure people who are going through this don’t get messed up.
      First sentence: ‘You are crap!’ Makes sense, wouldn’t recommend using it though 😛
      Second sentence: I think you are going for ‘I am beautiful’ the verb for beautiful is 예쁘다 and verbs will not be conjugated into the 이에요/예요 form. An acceptable form would be ‘저는 예뻐요.’
      Third sentence: I think you are going for ‘Are you Korean?’ You almost got it, but 한국어 refers to something being Korean (not just 한국). 너는 한국어예요? Or you could say 한국인 to mean Korean person. 너는 한국인이에요?
      Hope it helps!

    • li

      Actually, 한국 refers to something ‘being Korean.’ E.g: 한국 음식 (Korean food), 한국 노래 (Korean song), 한국 가수 (Korean singer). 한국어 is actually Korean language. If you go to Level 3 Lesson 23 (the first word builder lesson), they said that 어 means language. 한국인 is the correct term for a Korean person, but they also once said that it’s kind of an old formal word, so you can’t really use it with 너는. You can use 사람 (also means ‘person’) in place for 인: 한국 사람이에요? (Are you Korean?)

    • 조슈아

      Thanks for making me look bad 😛 Thanks for that correction though.

    • Chris Chris

      uhh thanks haha, yeah I’ve figured it out since. I commented only knowing lessons 1-5. since he said to practice in the comments. 😛 while you mentioned conjugations that we only learn later. thanks for the comment tho. 😀

  • Syakirah Huda

    Is it the word that ends with vocal is used for ye-yo..And the word that ends with consonant is used for i-ye-yo

    • 조슈아

      Almost. The word that ends with the consonant sound is 이에요 (i-ae-yo) but when pronounced quickly it does sound like ‘i-ye-yo’ so I can see your confusion

  • Jackie Redona

    anyone want to be my learning partner?? my kakaotalk ID: JackieRedona

    • Amber Kruggel

      Hi Jackie! Are you still wanting a learning partner?

  • Franco Rizzo

    안녕하세요! 초급 한국어 학생이에요. “불”이에요? 즉 물이에요?


  • mxc9219

    I have a question regarding pronounciation. I notice when Henry Lau from Super Junior introduces himself sounds more like ‘헨리에요’ rather than ‘헨리예요’. Is this correct or am I just deaf? Or maybe is because his name ends with 리 I don’t hear the 예 part properly xD

    • Maria

      Whether it’s 에 or 예, they both sound similar enough that it really doesn’t matter. It only matters when you write it.

  • Lorena

    I have a question about the example:
    If you say „This is water“, you basically say „물이에요”. But how do you pronounce 물?
    Sometimes they pronounced it „mul“ and sometimes „bur“.
    Is it because you add the „이에요”?
    I‘d be very happy about an answer since I‘m very confused haha xD

    • eva

      Its because m and n in korean are nasal sounds, so when you hear it sometimes those letters can sounds as B and D, and the letter L in korean sounds closer to L when it’s either double or in padchim,otherwise the sound is closer to r. When there is a consonat in the padchim and its followed by 0 vowel, you replace that vowel with a consonant that was in the padchim. More about it you can find on the rules of reading Korean, as there are a couple of rules for that
      Hope that helps and sorry I do not have a korean keyboard on my laptop.

    • Lorena

      Okay, I got it! Thank you so much for your answer!

  • Matthieu

    안혀하새요, 나는 스외스 학셍 이에요.