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?

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  • 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?