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

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    • Emma

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  • 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 ^_^

  • 아맨다

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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.

    • Seokjin Jin

      Hi. The meaning of second sentence is not included in “시간은 있어요”. However, people may say that expression after 시간은 있어요.

      Like, 시간은 있어요, 그런데 당신과 함께할 시간은 없어요.

  • NoonaisanMVP

    안녕하새요! Thanks for the lesson. I have a question.
    Suppose Im speaking with someone and I deduce they dont have time. so I say: 오! 알았어요 시간없어요… 응응응… . Would that translate as: “Oh! I get it, you dont have time… (sad sad sad).”.. ????
    I hope you can answer.. thanks

    • JooyeonPark

      I guess you got almost right but i’m not sure about ‘응응응’ part. I guess it’s just ‘yes yes yes’?

    • NoonaisanMVP

      oooh! omg yes… haha thank you very much. that is so funny yet embarrassing. i gues its 엉엉엉 then. Thanks so much for replying.

  • Calihye

    안녕하세요 여러분!

    How would we say “I have a question” in Korean?

    Is “질문 있어요” the correct way to say it? are there any other possibilities?

    진짜 감사합니다!

  • Alejandra González

    안녕하세요 TTMIK Team!

    I want to know since you introduced 재미있어요, how can I say: Learning Korean is fun?


  • Zahra

    안녕하세요 ^^
    교육은 재미있어요 with TTMIK ~♡
    Is this right if I want to say : the education is fun with TTMIK ?
    감사합니다 ~♥

  • Asmaa

    if I say
    진고는 있어요
    does it mean I have friend but nothing else right?
    and if I say
    진고는 없어요
    does it mean the only thing I don’t have is friend right?

    • 3k

      No~ 친구는 없어요 means you dont have friend..친구만 없어요 (만 means only) 저는 다 있지만 친구만 없어요. (I have everything but only friend i dont have.)

  • Nawal

    TTMIK 재미있어요! really :)

  • cheong yana

    TTMIK 재미 있어요

  • AnnDee

    Hi again! Is there a different way of saying “I have friends” compared with “I have a friend” or is there no distinction if I just say “친구 있어요” ?

    • 조슬린

      someone correct me if I’m wrong but would you say 친구들이 있어요 to mean I have friends?

    • JooyeonPark

      네 맞아요! :)
      친구 있어요? can mean both.
      but when you say “친구들이 있어요” it mean “I have friends”.

  • Eva 에바


    • 3K

      You can say it that way to the person who is same as your age (friend) or younger than you are. Never say it to older than you or stranger or person who is more superior than you. This is in the low respect form.

  • Michael Mcgregor

    Hi, should this 없어요 read as epusu I eo? I don’t understand your reading here. Pls advise me.

  • Michael Mcgregor


    [i-sseo-yo] comes from


    [it-da], and it basically expresses that something exists
    . Why is the it-da), should not it read, isu -da, as the same in I-sseo…Please explain to me thanks

    • https://www.facebook.com/yinara94 Noor M. Ahmed

      안넝하세요 ~ Late answer but hope it helps
      because some letters when become a final or bottom letter their pronunciation change like ㅅ and ㅆ pronounced as /t/ like in “있다” (it-da) and “존댓말” (jon-daet-mal)

    • https://www.facebook.com/yinara94 Noor M. Ahmed

      안넝하세요 ~ Late answer but hope it helps
      because some letters when become a final or bottom letter their pronunciation change like ㅅ and ㅆ pronounced as /t/ like in “있다” (it-da) and “존댓말” (jon-daet-mal) except if it was followed by “ㅇ” which is silent in the beginning of the character like “있어요” then it pronounced like it was “이써요” (i-sseo-yo)
      hope you can get something from my answer :)
      for more details you can visit: http://www.koreanwikiproject.com/wiki/Learn_Hangeul

  • yourippehdees

    좋은카매라는 있어요
    As for a good camera, I have one.

    고양이 없어요 그리고 안있고십어요
    I don’t have a cat and I don’t want one.

    커피 있어요 맥주는 없어요
    Coffee I have, but as for beer, I don’t have any.

    • 3K

      맥주는 없지만 커피는 있어요. ( I dont have beer but i have coffee.)
      **somebody might asked you if you have beer since you dont have you inform the person asking that you dont have beer but you have coffee..☺

  • https://www.facebook.com/yinara94 Noor M. Ahmed

    TTMIK 재미 있어요 <3
    Sun Hyunwoo oppa 재미 있어요 :)

  • Michael Mcgregor

    thanks just looking at it now

  • Dinara

    시간이 없어요,하지만 다음주에 만날거예요?

    • 3K

      Or you can say it short as 시간이 없지만 다음주에 만날 거예요.

  • Udam Chheng

    재미 있어요!

  • 태연

    현우는 재미 있어요 ^^

  • Michelle Lee Ellena Ison

    재미 있어요

  • Miles Younkin

    경은 재미 있어요 경은 :P

  • Fer Barañano

    TTMIK 재미 있어요!
    여러분 감사합니다!

  • Val

    I am a little confused on how this translate,

    Naeireun sigan eopsseoyo.
    I know what it says but how would someone from korea hear it.

  • PenguinBeng

    TTMIK은 재미있어요 :)

  • Babydoll

    I have a question. If I say “I have a younger sister” in korean, will it still be correct if I use this kind of sentence: “저 는 여동생 있어요 ?”