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. 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.

  • Menna Yehia

    저는 한국에서 감윤아을 만었어요 … Is this right ???

    저는 이집트에 있어요

    저는 한국에 가고싶어요

    Is it all right ???????

    • KyungHwa Sun


  • Matt

    집에 있어요. 한국어 배우고 있어요. = I am at home. I am learning Korean.
    집에서 한국어 배우고 있어요.= I am learning Korean at home.

    저는 캐나다에서. 그리고 한국에 가고 싶어요. = I am from Canada and I want to go to Korea.

    감사합니다 for the lesson.

    • Seokjin Jin

      저는 캐나다에서. > 저는 캐나다 사람이에요.

    • Matt

      I understand why I would use “저는 캐나다 사람이에요.” since I am living in Canada currently. But if I went to Korea and was asked “어디에서 왔어요? [Where are you from?]” would the correct response be “캐나다에서 [I am from Canada.]”?

      감사합니다 for the correction!

    • Seokjin Jin

      Yes, when you are asked where you are from, you can say 저는 캐나다에서 왔어요.

  • princekyung

    저는 하루종일 집에 있었어요. 집에서 공부 많이 했어요 ^^ 수업 잘들었어요. 항상 고마워요~

    • Seokjin Jin

      감사합니다. 더 좋은 수업 만들도록 노력할게요. :)

  • dianoshka

    thank you guys ! you are the best <3

    • Seokjin Jin

      Thanks so much! :)

  • Nadzirah Zainal

    But i watched kpop idol speaking (in english) they dont stop at the end like = miss .. why do they said MISSUE ?????

    • Liisu//

      because it’s in Korean’s nature to say ‘ue’ at the end of the word. so basically almost every other Korean does it.

  • Nana

    Oh no I’m really confused now. I was taught by a korean teacher that 집에서 만나요 is correct and 집에 만나요 is wrong because 만나다 is an action. But I read a post here somewhere that made me unsure again. 집에서 만나요 is really the correct usage right? Also, I was taught 서울에 살아요 is correct rather than 서울에서 살아요 but I thought 살다 is considered an action too isn’t it. Oh I’m so confused:( please help me..

    • KyungHwa Sun

      집에서 만나요 is correct.

      Some action verbs are used with “-에” rather than “-에서” when they describe static status rather than one’s movement. =)

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  • Angela

    Hi 현우 and 경은, I think I found a typing error on the last page of the lesson 18 PDF.
    가요 [go-yo] —>should be [ga-yo]. I enjoy your lessons and I have been learning a lot! 감사합니다!!!

  • Christine Johnson

    저는 Christine Johnson 임니다! 저는 미극에서왔어요. 지금 한극사무실에얐었어요.
    My name is Christine Johnson. I am from America. I currently work at a Korean office.

  • Phuong Nguyen

    Iceland 에가고싶어요 ~ 고맙습니다!!

  • NounaAlg

    So when I want to say ” I’m going somewhere… Or I want to go somewhere” I use the 에 particle even if “to go” is actuallay an action ?! And what if I want to say For ex: ” I want to eat AT that place ” should I use 에 because it´s “at” not “from”, or 에서 because there is an action ( of eating ) ?

  • 히랄

    안녕하세요. 저는 터키에서 왔어요. 한국어를 배우고 싶어요. 한국에 가고 싶어요. 감사합니다 선생님.

  • reign

    annyeonghaseyo, its about reading korean words im confuse about reading final consonants D,S,J,CH,T,H,SS – this are sounds T right? but sometimes like final consonants ss read as S too?

    • cmei98

      Those consonants are all pronounced as t in the final consonant position if there is no word after or if the word after starts with a consonant, but if there is another word that starts with a vowel, then you have to pronounce it. For example, in 했어요 is pronounced haesseoyo and 했다 is pronounced haetda. Hope I helped! 홰이팅!

  • wissal

    Annyeonghaseyo :-) . Please guys i have a question. How can i say i want to come to korea is it :ja nen han gug e o ye yo ssipoyo.

    • dancy

      저는 한국에 가고 싶어요

  • Brittany

    한국에 가고 십어요!

  • Diana Artunduaga Osorio

    Colombia에 있어요, 한국에 가고 싶어요 :)

    Colombia는 한국어로 뭐라고 하나요?

    • Seokjin Jin

      “콜롬비아”라고 해요.

    • Diana Artunduaga Osorio

      감사합니다 :)

    • Aishah

      한국어를 잘하시네요!

  • pianodog

    언녕하새요! 집에서 듣어요 ^__^

    • dancy

      집에서 들어요.

    • Seokjin Jin

      언녕하새요! > 안녕하세요!

  • Karan Mehra

    나는 학교 갔어요

    So the PDF says that 갔어요 it self means “I went”. Does it include to pronoun?

    • Seokjin Jin

      Just 갔어요 doesn’t include pronoun.

      가다 is “to go”, and 갔어요 is the past tense of 가다.

    • Karan Mehra

      So I do include 나는 to indicate that I went to school versus someone else going?

    • Seokjin Jin

      Yes. :)

  • Jilly

    How to use 있었어요 in a sentence. Can you give sentence examples for this? :)

    • Seokjin Jin

      그 사람은 학교에 있었어요.

      교실에는 학생이 세 명 있었어요.
      현우 형 집에는 컴퓨터가 열 대 있었어요.

  • Meirella

    안녕하새요! 저는 스웨덴사람입니다. 지금 일본에있어요. 스페인에 가고 싶어요.

    • Seokjin Jin

      안녕하세요. 반가워요. 한국에도 놀러 오세요.

  • Jordan

    안녕하세요! 저는 미국에서 왔어요. 한국어 가고 싶어요 :)
    hello! I come from the United States. I want to go to Korea :) That correct?

    • Aishah

      It’s supposed to be 한국에 가고 싶어요.
      한국어 is Korean (language) in Korean. For example, 한국어를 배우고 싶어요. (I want to learn Korean.)

  • Lilya


    저는 San Francisco 에 있어요 지금. (How would you write San Francisco in Korean? Can I trust Google Translate?)

    한국에 가고 십어요 :)

    What is the difference between 저는 and 나는?

    감사합니다 !

    • Jordan

      저는 is a formal way of saying “I” as the subject, and 나 는 is an informal way of saying “I” as the subject. You always use formal language with those older than you or in a higher position than you :)

    • Lilya

      Got it! Thank you! :)

    • Seokjin Jin

      저는 is the polite form of 나는.

      San Francisco = 샌프란시스코

    • Leela

      Thank you for the reply!

  • Imani

    안녕하세요 저는 이학년 고등학생 이만이입니다! 저는 한국에 가고싶어요! 지금 집에 있어요! 집에서 음식 먹고있어요! 잘 배웠어요! 감사합니다~

    • Seokjin Jin

      와, 아주 잘 썼어요! 댓글 써 주셔서 고마워요.

    • Imani

      예! 감사합니다~

  • Daniella

    간등=누굴위한 너신가는 먼저보고나는 위한거시나먼 한거름 뒤로 가서 지켜보 를것도 또다른 궈저므로 보인다

    What does it mean? thank you

  • Ula

    지금 집에 있어요. 한국에 오고싶어요.

  • Gaby Bosco


    한국에 가고 시어요!

    저는 Argentina에 있어요 (Would Argentina be written like 알겐티너?)

  • Briana Johnson

    If I wanted to say ‘I want to go home’ in casual form it would be 난 집에 가고싶어요, right?

  • Kaye Razelle

    so if i wanna say “i want to eat at the house” i’d say “난 집에 먹거싶어요”, right?

  • Arina K

    난 호주에 있어요. 한국에 가고싶어요.

    • JooyeonPark

      한국에 오세요! :)

  • http://smaugthedesolator.tumblr.com smaugthedesolator

    (I’m at a friends house)?


    (I ate at a friend’s house)?

    Just trying to combine last lesson and this lesson to see if I got it… a little right? Let me know please :)

  • Kat

    Thank you for this lesson! 감사합니다!!

    I am learning Korean from a couple of other sources as well: self-learning books that I have bought from bookstores. And so I am familiar with seeing 에 and 에서, and that they refer to a location. The only problem with my other book was that it never explained the difference between the two. And so it was kind of a hit or miss when I was trying to study them. This clears up so much confusion though. :)

    I just want to give an additional shoutout of thanks to you guys! When I listen to these lessons and study the material I actually feel like I can learn the language and will be fluent some day. Thank you for giving me that hope and motivation! ^^

    • Kat

      I got so wrapped up in that post I forgot to type my answer to the question:

      저는 집에 있어요. 미국에서 왔어요.
      한국에 있고 싶어요! ㅠㅠ

  • mayang


    Is this correct?

    지난주 우리가 JB에 갔어요 친고의 생일 우리 축해요.
    We went to JB last week to celebrate our friend’s birthday.


    • JooyeonPark

      you can say like “지난주에 우리는 친구 생일을 축하해주러 JB에 갔어요!”

    • mayang


  • Abie

    If i wanna say: Where were you?
    Is it 어디에 있었어요?

    • JooyeonPark

      네 맞아요! :)

    • Abie


  • Cassy

    I feel like being an English-speaker is gonna help me get the difference between e and e-seo when I have to use them for at. E is just I’m at work – samusil e isseoyo. E-seo is I’m at work SO I’m working! Samusil e-seo (whatever working is). Or, I’m AT home SO I’m sleeping. I’m AT the grocery store SO I’m buying food. E-seo! Is that a good way to connect it? I don’t want to cause myself problems further down the road! D:

  • Jobi

    Is “저는 사무실에서 저의 학교에 가고 있어요” the right way to say “I am going from the office to my school”?