Level 1 Lesson 10 / have, don’t have, there is, there isn’t / 있어요, 없어요

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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.



You can download a free PDF for this lesson here, or if you want to study with our TalkToMeInKorean textbooks, you can get them here. And after you learn the basics, try writing your own Korean sentences and get corrections from native speakers through HaruKorean, our 1:1 correction service.


  • Robert Marsh

    I am getting much better speaking Korean because of your podcasts but I am still struggling with reading and writing… I tried the link you have but I only get a little bit into it before it locks up on me and I have tried a few different computers… I really need help

    • Emma

      You mean the PDF? I thought it was locking up too because it wouldn’t scroll but now I realise if you click on the page first and then scroll, it will work. Hope it works for you too! :)

  • Mangoes

    The conversation like lessons 진짜 재미있어요!

    • Seokjin Jin

      감사합니다. :)

  • Ana

    so would this be correct? Thank you!
    그거 아이 친구 없어요.

  • Isabella Perez

    Ttmik 재미 있어요!

  • Sundes

    so jae-mi i-sseo-yo means to be interesting does jae-mi eop-sseo-yo mean to not be interesting ?
    ah and gamsahamnida and TTMIK jincha jae-mi i-sseo-yo ^_^

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  • AgeyPagey

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  • Anu

    Hi !
    Are i-sseo-yo and eop-sseo-yo suffixes or words in themselves ? Like if someone asks me “mul-i-sseo-yo?” can I just answer something like “ne. isseoyo.” or is it mandatory to answer “mul-i-sseo-yo.” ?
    Oh and awesome lessons ! Thanks a lot TTMIK ! :”)

    • Seokjin Jin

      According to the context, they work as suffixes or a verbs. Yes, you can just say “네, 있어요” for the question. Thanks for studying with us! :)

    • Anu

      Thankyou ! :)

  • Fitzgerald Lee

    Hi, I don’t really understand why (시간은 있어요) have the meaning of:
    -I have time but nothing besides time.
    -I have time but I don’t want to spend it with you.

    I understand the first one, the second one is the one that is confusing. What does it have to do with spending? I thought if 시간은, we will just be comparing (I have time but nothing else). How come it also has the meaning of (I have time but I don’t want to spend it with you.)

    Sorry >.< I'm really confuse.