Level 1 Lesson 18 / Location-marking Particles / 에/에서

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Welcome back to another addition of TTMIK Korean lesson! In Korean, as you already know, there are some ‘particles’ which are used to mark the roles of some nouns, and so far, we have learned about subject marking particles (이 [i] and 가 [ga]) and topic marking particles (은 [eun] and 는 [neun]). 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. Please feel free to ask any questions you have in the comment box! Thank you!

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.

  • sky efil

    신화에 콘스트 가고 싶어요.
    Is that right?

    • Kenny Lau

      It should be 콘서트 not 콘스트.

      Also, “Shinhwa’s concert” would be 신화의 콘서트 not 신화에 콘서트.

      The 의 means ‘s .

      And then you would need the particle.

      신화의 콘서트에 가고 싶어요.

      I’ll leave that for someone better than me to check if the collocation is right.

  • Kaelah

    어디에서 당신?
    is this: where are you from?

    • xoxoshiii

      어디에서 살아요?

    • Kenny Lau

      Please avoid using “당신”.

      어디에서 살아요 means “where do you live”.

      “where are you from” would be 어디에서 왔어요.

  • Sara

    Does it matter where in the sentence the location goes? Like:
    이 패키지가 스페인에서 왔어요.
    스페인에서 이 패키지가 왔어요.

    • Kenny Lau

      Usually the subject comes first, so the first sentence is said more often.

  • !Rhys|Gab

    A: 어제 어디에 있었어요?
    B: 어제 학교에 있었어요. 오늘은, 집에서 공부해요. 지금 어디에 있어요?
    A: 체육관에 있어요.

    What I wanted to say was:

    Person A: Where were you yesterday?
    Person B: I was at school yesterday. Today, I’m studying at home. Where are you now?
    Person A: I’m at the gym.

    Can someone please check for errors? 🙂


    • Chikim

      They all seem good to me!

    • Kenny Lau

      You don’t need 에 after 어디.

      You can drop the 어제 in the second line because it is already understood.

      A: 어제 어디 있었어요?
      B: 학교에 있었어요. 오늘은, 집에서 공부해요. 지금 어디 있어요?
      A: 체육관에 있어요.

  • James

    You say we can download a free PDF, but they are not PDF files, they are online Scribd documents and we can only preview several pages of this for free. Why can’t we just download real PDF files? Is there another way around this or do I have to purchase Scribd?

    • Danni_Pop

      there is a download link as well as a scribd link – which is also downloadable, and i have never been limited in how many i view or dl.

    • James

      Thanks. I can view the whole file now with the Scribed app.

    • James

      It’s a very good website!

  • 미국에서 왔어요!

  • Danni_Pop

    South Africa is never one of the places mentioned T___T
    Even though we also have many English Teachers from here who go to Korea!!!! <3

  • Nana Atmaja

    How to say “mom at home” ?
    집에 엄마가 있어요 / 엄마 집에 있어요 am i right?
    And how to say “mom from home”?
    엄마가 집에서 is it right?

    • Seokjin Jin

      “집에 엄마가 있어요.” and “엄마는 집에 있어요.” both are good.

      When the mom is going somewhere from home, then you can say “엄마가 집에서 나왔어요.”.

    • Nana Atmaja


  • heywaa

    프랑스에 있어요

  • Semitic akuma

    guys i love you

  • Semitic akuma

    한국에 가고 싶어요

    is this right hehe~

    • 태국학생

      집에었어요 X
      한국에 가요고 싶어요 X

      집에 있어요 O
      = 있어요, 었어요 아니에요
      한국에 가고 싶어요 O
      = 가다 -> 가 + 고 싶다 -> 가고 싶어요

    • Semitic akuma


  • Maya Rijkelijkhuizen

    물리 치료에 갔어요 -> I went to physiotherapy. Is this correct?

    • Lizzy

      물리치료(를) 받으러 갔어요 will be natural 🙂
      받다 is similar meaning of “take”

  • Chris 크리스 Nguyen

    Around the 5:15 mark, you guys start talking about the weather. I was confused at first because when you said “오늘은 추워요” (Today is especially cold) it sounded like “오늘은 좋아요”. (I especially like today/Today is an especially good day) Confusion was gone when I asked my friends in HelloTalk and they corrected me hahaha

    Cold = 춥다 –> 추 for short
    Hot = 덥다 –> 더 for short.

    Happy learning!

  • Nicholas Wen Hao

    just started here, thank you all seonsaengnim for helping us with korean language learning~!

  • Thu Thuy

    A: 지금 어디에 있어요? (Where are you now?)
    B: 수퍼마켓에 있어요. (I’m at the supermarket.)
    A: 왜요? (Why?)
    B: 초콜릿 사고 싶어요. 너도 초콜릿 먹고 싶어요? (I want to buy chocolate. Do you also want to eat chocolate?)
    A: 네! 감사합니다. (Yes! Thank You.)

    How do you say ‘Thanks for buying.’?
    Could someone check if it’s correct? 🙂
    감사합니다. 😀

    • hantae kim

      ‘Thanks for buying.’ 사다 주셔서 감사합니다. or 사다 주셔서 고맙습니다.

    • Thu Thuy

      Thank you. 😀

    • Kenny Lau

      You don’t need 에 after 어디.

      Also, 너 is informal, but the formal “you” is too complicated that you might want to drop it alright.

      In Korean, you can drop the subjects and the objects if they can be understood through context.

    • Thu Thuy

      Thank you. 🙂

    • Kenny Lau

      You’re welcome.

  • Drone

    How to say i wan go this place?

    how to say i want go from here to another place?

    • Seokjin Jin

      I want go this place. = 이곳에 가고 싶어요.
      I want go from here to another place = 여기에서 다른 곳으로 가고 싶어요.