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?

    • Alvera Kawaa

      이것은 무엇입니까 is more formal

  • 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?

    • tombrodrick

      Try making the two sounds yourself, and think about the shape you’re making with your mouth as you do it – the two are nearly identical

  • 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.


    • Wani Snb

      what’s 팔찌?

    • tombrodrick

      A bracelet, according to Google!

  • 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


  • Serenity Maria

    lol this lesson was funny. trying to tell listeners she’s drinking alcohol :p

  • Chelsea Ettinger

    Why is it that in 이것 the last consonant makes a T sound? I thought it made an S or Sh sound??

    • Danny Tauai

      because when the s consonant is the last consonant, then it makes a t sound. Just like how the ‘o’ changes sound when placed last? ^^

    • Alyssa Jane Lescano

      How about 있어 [isseo]? It is still read as isseo and not itteo right? But ㅅ is the last consonant, when do you use that sounds?

    • [fernando batista]

      It’s because the ㅆ is followed by a ㅇ, on the next syllable. That way, the ㅆ joins the next vowelㅓ. You pronounce it as if it were 이써.

      Another example: 물이에요, the ㄹ goes forward, and is pronounced 무리에요

  • Yeranuhi

    Thank you so much

  • Serenity Maria

    is ㅖ considered a vowel?

    • Julia

      I am new to Korean, but as I know it is called “combined vowel”. All these are combined vowels: ㅔ ㅐ ㅒ ᅪ ᅴ ᅬ ᅯ.

    • Robert Marsh

      네…ㅖ is a double vowel… I don’t know for sure how to pronounce it but its the double form ofㅔ

    • Ish

      Those with the “extra line” on the regular vowels, are pronounced with a y sound before it. So for example, ㅔis romanized as “e” like in “bed”. ㅖ(with the extra horizontal line) is romanized as “ye” like in

  • faiza

    Thanks for the lesson it was funny and i’m sure that it was not sujo it’s water hhhhh , thank you again

  • Hannaa

    What is “What ” in Korean Again?

    • Robert Marsh

      Mwo = what

    • Hannaa

      thank u!

    • Robert Marsh

      You’re welcome

  • Robert Marsh

    폭탄주 is delicious… lol
    감사합니다 for the great lessons… they help a lot

  • marikyu90

    Hi , thank you very much . Your teaching style is great . :)

  • Alyssa Jane Lescano

    I always hear 뭐라고 [mworago], what does it mean?

    • [fernando batista]

      It means “What?!”, as in either “What did you just said?” or “Really?”

  • Matt

    I just wanted to clarify something I may have misunderstood.

    “이거 책이에요.” is grammatically correct, but “이것 책이에요.” is not because 이것 is missing a particle? If I placed a particle on the end of 이거 to make the sentence “이거[particle] 책이에요.” would this be wrong?

    감사합니다 for the lesson!

  • Jun-Keat Lim

    where do i learn where to write or read korean

    • http://instagram.com/gagconcertfan/ Siti Nurliana

      You’ll have to learn the most basic first like knowing all the hangeul alphabets before learning here. There are lots of website that can teach you Korean alphabets ^^ Just search on google and you’ll find lots of them. :D

  • Ana

    Hello! I have a question,이거 means this or this thing, so 이거 can be used to refer to a person? Like this guy…, or this girl…?

    • Halimah Smith

      From what I know, you don’t use 이거 but you can use 이남자(this man) or 이여자(this woman). Hope that helped^^

    • Seokjin Jin

      Yes. It will sound very rude if I call somebody like 이거.

    • Kaylee

      I think if you meet persons first time or older person, your saying “이 분(including man, woman)” is better. It is more polite than 이 남자 or 이 여자.

  • Kim Tran

    Annyeonghaseyo! I started only yesterday and I’m having trouble mesmerizing expression and I often have to go back and re-listen to the audio. Although it’s helped it takes up a lot of my time (I only have 3 hours of free time) and I’m trying to dedicate all my precious free Time on using this site. Is there a way for you guys to create “review audio” where you guys are repeating the expressions in recordings of 2-3 minutes to listen to before starting of the next lesson? Gamsahapnida! Other then that the site is amazing! Annyeonghigyeseyo!

  • Aulia

    you guys make a good couple hhaha

    • Seokjin Jin

      :) Hahaha

  • Mélanie

    Our teachers will end up flirting on podcast … lol ! 기여워

    • Seokjin Jin

      Yes. Actually that is also what they do in real life. hehe

  • Bads

    Did he say igeo boyeyo? On d near end part? What does that mean. Is it the same as igeo moyeyo

    • KyungHwa Sun

      Both ㅁ and English “m” are nasal consonants. However, when a word begins with ㅁ, no hard “m” sound is created as it is in English. There is little to no vibration when a word begins with ㅁ in Korean, and for this reason, ㅁ can sometimes sound like “ㅂ” to untrained ears.

  • Rayhan

    I wanted to ask , when you say 물이에요 , why does it sound like “bori” and not “mori” or is me the one who hears it wrong :p ?!!
    감사합니다 :D

    • kamiki

      it’s mul i e yo, it might just sound a little weird to you :P (maybe if it’s said kind of fast)

  • Nicole Persichini

    Why does it sound like geot is pronounced with a t sound when in Hangeul it is spelled with the s letter?