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.


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  • Joann

    한국어가 재미있어요!^^

  • Megan

    안넝하세요!
    저는 메간이에요. 진짜 재미있어요!
    감사함니다!
    안넝히가세요 선생님. :)

  • linh

    Can you re-upload pdf file of this lesson?
    I can’t download pdf files (lesson 10 -25)

    • http://twitter.com/jinseokjin jinseokjin

      Hi, when I tried to download the files, there was no problem.
      Could you tell me what happended when you download the file?

  • zahra

    chemi issayo!!!!
    با مزه هست.(it means it is funny in my country!!!!)
    chomal kamsahamnida!!!!!

    • http://twitter.com/jinseokjin jinseokjin

      Thanks so much for your comment. :)

  • Lali

    Is it 이/가 used only when you want to answer a question ?
    and can i answer a question with 은/는 ?

    • http://twitter.com/jinseokjin jinseokjin

      When you say the “yes” answer, then it will be better to say with 이/가 but if you say no with the question, it will be better to say 은/는.

  • 리안

    안녕하세요! First of all, this website is amazing. 정말 담서합니다 , it’s clear you guys are fightingㅅ.ㅅ ! Anyway, while I was doing some review I confused myself quite a bit and now I’m really second guessing my understanding of two particular verbs, so if anyone could help I’d be very grateful:

    If 있다 means “to have” and/or “to exist”, and if 이다 means “to be”, or in this case, “it is” – I’m wondering why the expression is 제미있어요 (it is interesting/fun) and not 제미 예요… ㅋㅋㅋ I wonder if I’m making any sense :P… 아이구 ㅠ.,ㅠ

    • 리안

      Sorry, 재미- **

  • Jessica P.

    진구 있어요. 시간 없어요…

    TTMIK 재미있어요!

    감사합니다!

  • Shalene

    안녕하세요 -bows-
    i have a question concerning “친구 있어요”
    i know from your PDF that 친구 있어요 means “Friend have” i believe in a literal translation (unsure) and i know that “친 없어요” means “Friend Don’t have” i think.
    But, my question is how would i offer a friendship to the one that says 친 없어요. ? Like how would i “say it/write” it in Korean? or is this something u get into in your later lessons? If so i will leave it be til later lessons because im still on level 1 v.v;;. If you can get back to me on that, i would be grateful ^-^
    감사합니다.
    안녕히 계세요 -waves- ^-^

  • http://nus.edu.sg JUN

    지금은 저는 시간이 없지만 나중에 시간을 찾을 수있어야 해요.
    내년에는 저는 한국에 가기로 했어요.ㅎㅎ
    그래서, 그 시간을 찾아야 돼요.ㅋㅋ
    그리고, 한국에 갈 수 있어요. :) :) :)

  • jennyfer

    LOL I got super excited when there was the topic/subject particle review towards the end but I was left confused still.

    Shigan-eun obseoyo – I have everything BUT/EXCEPT time.

    Shigan-i obseoyo – Time is what I don’t have.

    In both situations, you do not have time.

    I will study harder! Thank you for the lessons

  • Denise

    재미있어요!

  • Mechiel Florece

    Hi guys! where can i get or download the pdf file of this lesson? Thanks in advance :-)

  • ho

    TTMIK 재미있어요. 저는 William 예요.

    It’s amazing to find out that TIME in Korean, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese and Cantonese sound almost the same.

  • sally

    hhhhhhh that soo fun ^^ love it soo much .. and the class soo easy .. thank you ^^

  • Park Eunyoung

    This lesson was very easy! To say ” 친구 없어요” Can I just say 친구 없어 as informal? Or do I need to say the polite 요? @8:40 ong omg to text crying? 뭐? I thought ㅠㅠ was crying? Yu Yu to me sounds like crying ” ong” don’t make sense. Most people use ㅠ to cry. I never have seen “ong ong”. TTMK 감사합니다.

    • Park Eunyoung

      Sorry i meant ” 친구 있어요” Is it 친구 있어 informal?

  • mauricio

    이거는 “episode” 재미 있어요 :)

    There’s a lot of fun in this episode, Because we have 4 teachers. Great!!!

  • http://TalkToMeInKorean.com Nikkie

    I don’t have a pencil.

    Naneun yeonpilreul eobseoyo.

    Is this sentence correct?

  • victoriakathleen17

    Can I say 재미 여요 if i want to say “It is fun.”?? Am i correct?

    • victoriakathleen17

      opps sorry i meant 재미예요 not 여요. So if I want to say ” It is fun. ” can i say 재미예요?

  • Stacey K.

    TTMIK 재미있어요! 감사합니다! You are the best. :)

    • Seokjin Jin

      Thanks so much for your comment. :)

  • Kristine Joy Catan

    TTMIK 재미있어요! 감사함니다! ^_^
    This lesson was so amazing!

    • Seokjin Jin

      감사합니다. :)

  • krazylilmeow

    I love these lessons! but I’m still trying to figure out when to add a subject marking or topic marking particle, so in relation to this lesson here is my question.

    In your work book Question 8 asks: “Let’s imagine you own a store. You’ve run out of bottled water and a customer is looking for some, so you want to tell him/her, ‘we don’t have water.’ How do you say this in Korean?”

    The answer is 물없어요.

    So if the customer were to give you a list of things, and water was the only thing on the list you didn’t have, would it be: 물는없어요 (you have everything but water?)

    감사합니다