Level 1 Lesson 8 / It’s NOT me / 아니에요

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In this lesson, we are going to have a look at one way to make a negative sentence. Here, you can learn how to say that something is NOT something, like “It’s not me.” or “It’s not a book.” In Korean, if you want to say that something is NOT something you say the noun and add the expression 아니에요 [a-ni-e-yo] at the end. Listen to the lesson to find out more about this expression and be sure to check out the free PDF file too. If you have any questions, please ask us any questions in the comment! Thank you!



You can read more about 아니다 (a-ni-da) 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.


  • Paradise

    안녕하세요!
    Thank you for the lesson it was great but i’ve a question ,when somebody asks you a question for ex : is that coffee? what would you answer him? I mean you’d say 아니에요 or 아니요 ? Thanks already .감사합니다.

    • Seokjin Jin

      Well, in that case, you can say both. When you want to say just “no”, “아니요” will be better and if you want to say “this is not a coffee”, you can say “이건 커피가 아니에요”.

    • Paradise

      Oookay 감사합니다 !
      But what’s the second word in your sentence 건 .

    • Gustavo

      thats an abbreviation of 이것 + 는 if i’m not mistaken..

    • Paradise

      ooo I haven’t payed attention to that.
      감사합니다 Gustavo!

  • Shanae Nguyen

    Why do you use “jeo anieyo” to say “it’s not me”? I thought “jeo” meant “that (over there).”

  • Gisselle Garcia

    감사합니다:)

    • Seokjin Jin

      감사합니다!

  • jami s

    i just made my own sentence using the knowledge that you’ve taught us keke

    i wanted to say “that person(near to you) is my dad” :

    그 사람이에요 내아빠 geu salam-i-e-yo nae-appa

    너무 감사합니다- thank you so much. im so excited to learn more! ^_^

    • Seokjin Jin

      Thanks so much for your comment and it was nice try.

      It will be much natural if you say “그 사람은 우리 아빠예요.”.

    • jami s

      thank you =D

  • Djilian Foster

    why you don’t use Particuls ????? >_<

  • Juanis

    How come if i say its not a student it is 학생 아니다 but if i say it is not a cat i have to add the
    그것? REPLY FAST PLEASE!!

    감사합니다!

    • Seokjin Jin

      You don’t have to add 그것. You can just say 고양이 아니에요.

    • Juanis

      감사합니다! 감사합니다! 감사합니다!
      If i add the 그것 it would still be right?