All Of Our Lessons About Particles/Markers (조사에 관한 레슨)

Over the course of many years, we have published several lessons on particles (or markers), which are called 조사 in Korean, and for your convenience, we have put them together in this one post. Particles play a very important role in the Korean language, as they “mark” the roles of individual words and therefore allow them to move around in a sentence relatively freely. (e.g. Think of 저는 커피를 좋아해요. and 커피를 좋아해요, 저는.)

So here are all of our lessons related to particles/markers! The first one is an audio lesson about 은/는/이/가, topic and subject markers.


Level 1 Lesson 9 of the TTMIK Grammar Curriculum 

Topic and subject marking particles: 은/는/이/가

The topic marking particles and the subject marking particles play a very important role in Korean so it’s very important that you learn them well. But even some advanced-level speakers of the language can make mistakes regarding these particles, so please don’t worry even if you don’t get them right away. You will eventually be able to use them naturally after some practice.

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Level 1 Lesson 18 of the TTMIK Grammar Curriculum

Location marking particles: 에/에서

In this lesson, we are going to have a look at location marking particles, 에 [e] and 에서 [e-seo], and also how to say WHERE in Korean.

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Level 2 Lesson 2 of the TTMIK Grammar Curriculum

Object marking particles: 을/를

In this lesson, we look at the object marking particles. As we mentioned a few times through our previous lessons, there are different types of particles in Korean, and these particles (subject marking particles, topic marking particles, location marking particles, and so on) are what make it easy to understand Korean sentences, even when the word order changes.

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Level 2 Lesson 13 of the TTMIK Grammar Curriculum

Particle meaning “too” or “also”: 도

Let’s learn how to express “also” “too” or “as well” in Korean! You can add the particle -도 [do] to your sentence to express such meanings but the usages vary. And in this lesson, which is Part 1 out of two lessons on the paricle -도 [do], we are going to look at how to use -도 [do] with nouns and pronouns.

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Level 2 Lesson 28 of the TTMIK Grammar Curriculum

Particle marking method or way: (으)로

This particle that we are introducing here, -(으)로, has a lot of usages and functions, so it’s virtually impossible to go over all of its usages, but through this lesson, we introduced the basic common feature of its various meaning and usages.

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One-Stop Guide to Korean Particles – 은/는/이/가 (Subject & Topic Markers)

If you’re one of the millions of Korean learners who have struggled to understand exactly how the Korean particles 은, 는, 이 and 가 work, this will be a great one-stop guide for you! People who learn Korean as their mother tongue can distinguish their specific roles and various usages at a very young age, but for learners who study Korean as a foreign language, these topic/subject markers can be a bit tricky to understand.


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All Of Our Lessons About Particles/Markers (조사에 관한 레슨)