Level 1 Lesson 19 / When / 언제

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Hello everyone, we are back with another lesson! This one is a bit shorter than the last one, and we are introducing how to say ‘when’ in Korean. You can also listen to many examples where the word ‘when’ is used to form questions. Listen in, check out the free PDF lesson note, and be sure to try answering the question “When do you get up in the morning?” in Korean in the comment box.

Thank you as always for studying with us! 감사합니다.

So, 아침에 언제 일어나요?

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.

  • Juanis

    i didnt know where to ask this but ok…
    What is the difference between “어디 물 이에요?” and “어디 물 있어요?” Do they both mean “Where’s the water?” which one is correct? or is it okay use both ways?


    • jazmin

      im not full sure but i think the second one with “isseo yo” because you use more frequently the isseoyo when you are talking about a location so if you ask wheres the water you ask for a location :)

  • Thet Ming Tan

    May I know how to pronounce this sentence below?

    “언제 도착했어요?”

    should it be ” eon-je do-cha-hae-sseo-yo?” or “eon-je do-cha-kae-sseo-yo?”

    • Seokjin Jin

      The latter pronunciation is right. :)

    • Thet Ming Tan

      감사합니다 ……

  • CT

    If I want to say, “When did you get up this morning?”
    Should it be “이 아침에 언제 일어났요?”

    Does “아침에 언제 일어나요?” imply when do you get up every morning usually, and not that particular morning, otherwise shouldn’t it be in past tense?

    • CT

      Sorry, I meant “이 아침에 언제 일어났어요?” Missed out the 어 :p

  • 아란자

    아침에 9시에 일어나요.

  • Tina

    사실은 아침에 11시 30분에 일어나요. ㅋㅋㅋ

  • Isaac Batterham

    아침에 여섯시십분에 일어나요!

  • angel_norry

    오늘은 아침에 9시 일어나요 :)

  • masdo12

    ok so if 언제 일어나요 means when did you get up then wouldn’t the mean only for that 1 day. If thats the case then how to you say ‘when do you get up’, like in general???

    • Muslim Lady

      You got them mixed up.
      “언제 일어나요?” means : “when do you get up?” and not “when did you get up”.
      “when did you get up?” would be like this:
      언제 일어났어요?” (the verb in the past tense.)

  • Stacey Jayne

    나는 일곱시 에 일어났어요. How’s this sentence?

  • https://twitter.com/nitsukun nitsukun

    십이에 일어나요. 밤에 일해요.

    • Seokjin Jin

      십이에 일어나요.

      > 열두 시에 일어나요.

    • https://twitter.com/nitsukun nitsukun

      감사 합니다!

  • Matt

    오늘은 열 시에 일어났어요. [Today I woke up at 10 o’clock (implying that this is not normal).]
    일곱 시에 일어나요. [I wake up at 7 o’clock.]

    감사합니다 for the lesson!

    • Seokjin Jin

      Perfect! 잘 했어요.

    • Matt


  • princekyung

    저는 보통 한시에 일어나요… ㅋㅋㅋ 너무 늦었죠? 일찍 일어나고싶어요 근데 너무 피곤해요. 암튼 감사합니다!! 저 진짜 열심히 공부하고있어요! (__ __) 아 그리고 메리크리스마스~

    • Seokjin Jin

      메리 크리스마스! 댓글 써 주셔서 감사합니다. 저는 날씨가 추우면 일찍 일어나기가 어렵더라고요.

  • Filip


    I was wondering how one can make a one-word answer to a question sound polite in korean. Do you just put -요 after it?

    For example
    The question from the workbook. Which I love by the way!
    언제 사무실에 왔어요?

    Can your answer then be, for example, “아까요.” ?

    Or is it incorrect to put -요 after non-verb structures. I assumed not because I thought 저기 in 저기요 isn’t a verb either.

    I have a tendency to just fall in love with languages. Preferably languages with a beautiful, but not too difficult, writing system. So Korean was love at first sight. The writing system looks so exotic but is very logic en you only have to memorise a limited amount of characters.

    The people around me at home don’t understand my love for languages and sometimes even disapprove of me spending time on language learning since they want me to focus on what I’m studying, which is medicine, which I also love.

    I’m sorry for the ginormous message but I just needed to express how thankful I am for the hard work you guys do. You make it so much easier for people like me to efficiently learn a new language, which really motivates. I was so excited when I discovered your website and I recently ordered the books. I’m so happy when I get to work in them.

    Why aren’t there such great and accessible sources as the ones you provide for the other languages I’m trying to learn?

    So, 너무 감사합니다.

  • Daniel.Lion

    포통 8:30 시 오전 니어나요. (Usually, I wake up at 8:30 am.) is this sentence correct?


    • Seokjin Jin

      > 보통 오전 8시 30분에 일어나요.

      Nice try! :)

  • 하라

    this lesson was short and simple! 지짜 좋아해^^ 고마워요

    • Seokjin Jin

      지짜 좋아해 > 진짜 좋아해

      Thanks for your comment. :)

  • Diana Artunduaga Osorio

    아침에 열한 시에 일어났어요, 오늘은 토요일이에요 :D

  • Jeff

    오늘 8 o’ clock 일어나요

  • smallfry

    오늘은 열씨에 일어나써요!
    I hope I got that right ㅎㅎㅎ

    • Seokjin Jin

      열씨에 일어나써요! > 열시에 일어났어요!

  • Meirella

    10시에 이러나요. 근데 오늘 8시에 이러났어요.

    • Seokjin Jin

      이러나요. > 일어나요.

      이러났어요. > 일어났어요.

  • Ula


  • Gaby Bosco

    보통 6:00 일어나요 / Question, i’ve seen in the comments they add 시 after the numbers, why is that? what does it mean? also, when talking about time, do you use sino korean numbers or native korean numbers?