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.

  • Luke

    재미있어요! These lessons are amazing and you are all great teachers :)

  • Zineb

    안녕하세요!! 저는 Zineb이에요 I’m a new student :) This website is really
    amazing! I get a lot of vocabulary in a few days thanks to your
    explaining things in a simple way. I’m so excited to learn more and
    more.. :D You are so funny and I really enjoy learning with you ^_^ .Thank
    you so much for your great efforts.TTMIK 재미있어요! 감사합니다 !

    from Morocco ~_^

    • Seokjin Jin

      Thanks so much for your comment. I hope you will learn more while you study Korean with us. :)

  • Ryan

    These lessons are great.
    재미 있어요. 감사합니다

    • Seokjin Jin

      Thanks for enjoying our lessons! 감사합니다.

  • Praew

    정말 재미 있어요 :)
    한국어를 좋아요 ~~~

  • Juanis

    TTMIK 재미있어요

    • Seokjin Jin

      고마워요! :)

  • Thu Thuy

    안녕하세요. :)
    TTMIK 정말 재미있어요.
    But I have a question, if I want to say “I really like TTMIK”, do I say:
    “저는 TTMIK 너무 좋아요.” or “저는 TTMIK 너무 좋아해요.” ?
    감사합니다 for the lesson. :)

    • Seokjin Jin

      You can use both. :) Let me rewrite them with particles.
      저는 TTMIK 너무 좋아요.

      – 저는 TTMIK이 너무 좋아요.

      저는 TTMIK 너무 좋아해요.
      – 저는 TTMIK을 너무 좋아해요.

    • Thu Thuy

      감사합니다 :)

    • jazmin

      but whats the difference of saying TTMIK with the making particles or without?

    • Lovely Nody (나다)

      But why did you say 이 with 좋아요 and 을 with 좋아해요 ?? Is there any difference ?
      So when I say :
      나는 한국 진짜 좋아해요 …
      Should I say 한국을 or 한국이 ?
      Or should i say just 한국 ??
      And why ??
      Also if i want to say korean so i should just make it 한국어 instead of 한국 ( korea)

  • cheong yana

    현우는 재미 있어요 그리고 TTMIK 재미 있어요 …정말 고마워요 .

    • http://twitter.com/jinseokjin jinseokjin

      저희랑 같이 한국어 공부해 줘서 고마워요!

  • esteru

    재미있어요 TTMIK ! thank you so much. I really enjoyed this lessons. My korean being better day by day. 감사합니다 *bow*

  • Veduki

    TTMIK 재미없어요… 그거 단지 낭담이있어요 :D

    Does that sentence work?

  • Magdalena Plazola

    Annyeong Haseyo! this is my first time here on this site and i have been trying to learn how to speak korean since discovering kpop back in 2009 and meeting my friend, Hoon in 2008. I have tried several sites and taken out books from the library but i found this website, TTMIK just a few days ago and i have to say that it has helped me a lot in learning korean. the lessons are so easy to follow and I’ve learned a lot in just 5 days! i even understand better some of my favorite kpop songs and kdramas since taking this course.
    One very interesting thing i found out is that the korean word for fun [jae-mi] sounds just like my friend’s name, Jamie! Well i have been learning a lot and even find myself saying random words in korean to my family who doesn’t speak korean and i hope to get better and maybe visit korea soon so i can visit my friend, Hoon who lives there now and talk to him and others in Korean without an accent.
    thank you so much for this website and i look forward to learning more korean and becoming better.


  • http://this-chick-does-art.deviantart.com/?rnrd=104191 This Chick Does Art

    안녕하세요! I just started actively following TTMIK.
    I don’t know if anyone answers in here anymore but just in case someone does, here is my question. When you say something is not fun or not interesting it’s:

    재미 없어요

    So what is the difference if 재미 아니에요 is said instead?


    • Nancy Achaia

      I am not a teacher I also started following them lately but I tried learning Korean before from other sites but from what I understand when you say 재미 아니에요 you are saying “its not funny” but when you are saying 재미 없어요 you are saying “its not interesting” or “there is no fun”

    • Seokjin Jin

      Thanks for your good answer! We don’t normally say 재미 아니에요. :)

  • Nancy Achaia

    재미 정말 있어요

    • Seokjin Jin

      고마워요! 맞아요, 저희 레슨 재미있죠?

  • Robin

    Ur example is fail ! U said “shi-gan-isseoyo” instead of “shi-gan-opsseoyo” as in the PDF-example. What’s right ?

    • Seokjin Jin

      Thanks! 고마워요!

  • jennifer

    are we supposed to know how to read/writte Korean by lesson 10? ! i can’t read or write anything yet..

  • jennifer


  • Ray

    Can i say s 시간은있어요 to express I have nothing but only time?

    • Seokjin Jin

      Yes. :)

  • Chiara Copeland

    Did James call Kyeong-eun, Kyeong-eun nuna?

    • Seokjin Jin

      Yes, James is younger than Kyeoung-eun. :)

  • Lovely Nody (나다)

    진짜 재미 있어요 !! ㅅ_ㅅ
    하지만요 …
    When should we say 아니요 and when should we say 있어요 ?!
    It’s not funny for example why don’t we say 재미 아니요 ?!
    재미 없어요 .. means there is no fun .. or .. I don’t have fun ..
    But why it’s ( it’s not funny )?!

    그리고 감사합니다 for the lesson ! ♡ ~

    • Seokjin Jin

      Hm… it is hard for me to explain it. I think it will be better to regard 재미있다 as “to be funny”. We don’t say “재미이에요” or “재미 아니에요”.

  • Didi

    재미있어요. 감사합니다 선생님들. ~DiDi

    • Seokjin Jin

      Thanks for your comment, DiDi. :)

  • Nouha JUNHA

    TTMIK 재미있어요 ^^

  • 김 마리ㅔ

    TTMIK 재미있어요 Kyeong-eun 재미있어요 :D

  • Chantal

    현우는 없어요!! You deserve that for being mean to poor kyeongeun ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

    • Chantal

      Oh no!!! I forgot fun!!!
      현우는 재미없어요

  • A

    what is “bajayo” ?

    • Elizabeth Juárez

      You mean 맞아요 (majayo). It’s “yes, that’s right”. :)

  • 제니

    레슨 재미있게 잘 들었어요!

  • Hai Binh Nguyen

    선생님….”많다”하고 “많이 있다”의 뜻이 똑 깉아요?

  • faiza

    Sorry i don’t have korean alphabet in my tab , so i’ll write un english . jongmal gomowoyo for the lesson and manassa bankap seumnida jamy you are a good chingou .

    • faiza

      please TTMIK just answer my questions. For one time o o o o o o o o , jeabal jousaeyo

    • Matty KpopLover McCullough


    • Matty KpopLover McCullough

      If it’s a galaxy TAB go to Language and Input and select the korean keyboard to add it :) If it’s an iPad go to settings general language and keyboard and select Korean :) Almost all tabs except Sony devices, have a hangul Keyboard even windows :D

    • Guest

      thanks you so much ,now i’ve korean keyboard in my tab

    • Matty KpopLover McCullough

      천만해요 ㅋㅋㅋㅋ

    • faiza

      감사합니다 ; thanks ^_^

  • 사람

    Is there a guide for compound final pronunciation? I can’t tell if the 없어 in 없어요 is pronounced closer to 업써 or 업서

    • Asli Abdullahi

      The final consonant of a syllable block is called the patchim. The patchim can be complex and made of 2 letters, as in 없어요. The rule is that if the patchim consonant is followed by a place holder-vowel combination, the consonant is moved so that it is pronounced with the vowel. In the case of having 2 letters in the consonant, it is the final letter that moves. So the pronunciation is eop-seo-yo, since the final letter is ㅅ. Another rule is that if the patchim is follwed by a consonant, the sound of the last letter can change. There are a set of letters which become other letters, ㅅ becomes a ㄷ.
      Try the tengu go hangeul app.

  • breeana

    how would you say “What is it that you don’t have?” “뭐없어요?”

    • Kit L

      Mwo ga opsoyo?

  • Princess V

    안녕하세요! TTMIK 진짜 재미있어요! I was trying to learn Korean through a book before and although it was including an audio CD it was very hard for me to remember all the words. But with TTMIK it’s so easy! After listening to every lesson I remember everything guys! Thank you so much, I find your website 대박. 대박 이에요!!! 감사합니다!

  • {OT9}

    안녕하세요! I’m from Spain and all the verbs have a different ending according to the subject, as in almost all the lenguages I know. My question is: does korean verbs have differences if we speak in first, second or third person? 감사합니다!

    • Evelin Kirah

      I have the same question!

  • 후다

    Why ㅆ pronounced… ss… in 있어요

    • Dana

      Because the next letter is a vowel (eo=어) that’s why it is read as isseoyo
      But if the next letter is a consonant, it will be pronounced as t
      For example, 있다 is read as itda

    • 후다

      Thank you very much , now it`s clear

  • Menna Yehia

    우리 선생님들은 재미 있어요 ^^

    TTMIK 재미 있어요 <3 <3

    • Seokjin Jin

      감사합니다. :)

  • Matt

    여동생 없어요. 누나 었어요.

    Would ‘누나는 었어요’ mean ‘I have an older sister (but no other siblings)’ or ‘I have an older sister (but no other family)’? Or could it mean either depending on the situation?

    If someone were to ask me if I have any siblings would the appropriate answer be ‘누나가 었어요’ if I only have an older sister? How about ‘누나가 그리고 형이 었어요’ if I had both an older brother and sister?

    감사합니다 for the lesson. TTMIK 재미있어요!

    • Seokjin Jin

      For ‘I have an older sister (but no other siblings)’, 누나는 있어요 is good.

      Yes, I think you are understanding the rule well. You can say “누나가 있어요” and ” 누나, 그리고 형이 있어요” to answer the question.

      Thanks for your comment. :)

    • Matt

      감사합니다 for the clarification!

  • Aji

    Sometimes the word water sounds like ‘mur’. It is mul or mur?

    • Corkboard Smith

      It’s both, and neither. The ㄹ symbol tends to sound more like an R at the start of a word, and more like an L at the end of it (so for example, the North Korean leader’s wife is called 리 솔주, which we usually romanise as Ri Sol-Ju instead of Li Sol-ju or Ri Sor-ju), but neither is exactly the same! It’s unlike an L, in that your tongue is placed slightly further back, and unlike an R, in that the tip of your tongue touches the roof of your mouth, very lightly. I don’t really have the hang of it myself yet!