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.


  • Zahra

    안녕하세요 ^^
    If I want to say (I am not a teacher . I am a student) is the following sentence correct ?
    저 선생 아니에요 . 저 학생이예요.
    감사합니다 ~☆↓☆~

    • Kim Minsuh

      That is right. You are missing the subject-marking particle 는, but you can omit it when speaking.

    • Zahra

      감사합니다 ^^
      For your answer

  • cheong yana

    “저는 학생이에요” ……맞아요؟

  • yourippehdees

    나는 학생 안이에요. 나도 산생님가 안이에요. 하지만 한국어를 곰부해요, 그런데 학생즘 이에요.

    • JooyeonPark

      Can you give me English sentences? i didnt really get what you meant. Sorry :(

    • Elise Mathis

      Are you saying : I am not a student. I am also not a teacher. However, I am studying Korean, by the way I have a Student ID?

    • yourippehdees

      Ha! I’m trying to remember what I meant! ‘I am not a student. Also, I am not a teacher. But I am studying Korean, so I am a little bit of a student. ‘ ok, also a little bit lame of a sentence, but my vocabulary is very limited now.

    • Seokjin Jin

      나는 학생 안이에요. > 저는 학생(이) 아니에요.

      나도 선생님가 안이에요. > 저는 선생님도 아니에요.

      하지만 한국어를 곰부해요 > 하지만 한국어를 공부해요.

      그런데 학생즘 이에요. > 그러니까 약간 학생이에요. Well, it is not grmmatically correct, but many people will understand if you say like this. It is hard to translate “a little bit of a student”. :)

    • yourippehdees

      석진씨 감사합니다 – I want to express more complex thoughts than my Korean skills will let me!

  • Kristina

    Hi Guys im a little confuse about the ‘cho’ that means ‘me’ and the ‘cho’ that means ‘that’ when its far from the both of you. Can someone explain this to me?

    • Seokjin Jin

      The pronunce is same. They both are 저, but you can differentiate them through the context. :)

  • https://www.facebook.com/yinara94 Noor M. Ahmed

    안녕하세요 :)
    저는 한국어 아니에요 ~ “unfortunately ㅜ.ㅜ ”
    이 맞아요?

    • 3K

      안 맞아요…한국어 (literary a country name of Korea) if you want to say you are not a Korean : 저는 한국 사람이 아니예요. ( Im not a Korean)..☺