Level 1 Lesson 6 / What is this?, This is …. / 이거, 이거 뭐예요?

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In this lesson you can review a little bit of what you learned in the previous lesson (very important stuff!). And you can also learn how to say “this” in Korean, how to ask “What is this?” and how to answer with “This is ABC.”

“This” = 이거 [i-geo] or 이것 [i-geot]
“What is this?” = 이거 뭐예요? [i-geo mwo-ye-yo?]

Listen to the lesson to learn more about these important words and phrases, and if you have any questions or feedback, as always, make sure you post them in the comment for this lesson. Thank you! 감사합니다. ^_^

You can read more about this grammar point at this Korean Wiki Project page.

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.


  • Guest

    What the difference between 이거 뭐예요? or 이거슨 무엇입니까?

    • Seokjin Jin

      이거슨 무엇입니까? > 이것은 무엇입니까?

      There is no difference in meaning. The 은 just added a nuance.
      For example,
      이것은 무엇입니까?
      (I am talking about this, but not other things) What is this?

    • esteru

      이것은 무엇입니까? is more formal… I think

  • Carlys̶on Silva

    What the difference between 이거 뭐예요? or 이것은 무엇입니까?

  • Nikki Rose Esguerra

    Good evening! I would like to ask something. :) “뭐” is pronounced as ‘mwo’ as you’ve thought initially. However, in some instances (especially, when I watch Korean TV series), I could hear them say ‘bwo’ instead of ‘mwo’. What is the difference? :) If there is none, why does this occur? :) Thank you so much for the great lessons! :)

  • Juanis

    If i want to ask: Is this coffee? Would i say 이거 커피예요? or 커피예요?

  • learner

    Why is it that “what”, as in something like “mwo”, sounds like “bwo/bo” when Koreans speak it?

  • max

    Amazing, I can write korean in just a week :D

    Curious what I can do if I completed all these lessons :DDD

    • Seokjin Jin

      Actually, it is not hard to write Korean letters. :) You’ll see what you can do while you practice Korean. :)

  • Richard

    Hi TTMIK~!

    I’ve been listening to your podcasts to supplement my Korean classes, and I have to say, you guys are very good at simplifying things for me.

    I just have a question. If someone asks me about an object I’m wearing which of these would be most appropriate to use? It’s just that we got taught all three forms of 이거.

    1) 이개 팔찌예요.

    2) 이건 팔찌예요.

    3) 이거 팔찌예요.

    감사합니다!

  • Nariko

    Why is it that when she says 이거 물이에요. I hear it like Burieyo?

  • eyome

    감사합니다 ^^

  • Linh

    how do you write “book” in Korean? I can’t hear clearly :(

    • Seokjin Jin

      Book = 책
      :)