Level 1 Lesson 9 / topic,subject marking particles / 은, 는, 이, 가

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This lesson will introduce the topic marking particles and the subject marking particles in the Korean language. The topic marking particles and the subject marking particles play a very important role in Korean so it’s very important that you learn them well. But even some advanced-level speakers of the language can make mistakes regarding these particles, so please don’t worry even if you don’t get them right away. You will eventually be able to use them naturally after some practice. Today’s lesson is our first introduction to the particles. Make sure you read the PDF file as well. Thank you! Please feel free to ask any questions in the comment!

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.


  • Hala

    Thank you so much, this is really helpful ;-; <3

  • nuanua

    I’m glad that I learn English. XDD ((although my writing is not very good ˊ ˇˋ
    I had searched the details of Korean for a long time…but they are not very helpful…
    It is a really nice place to learn Korean and practice listening comprehension~ ha ha~
    Thank you so much~~It enables me to know the fun of learning foreign languages ~

    ah… actually I’m Taiwanese,ha ha~((so if anyone notices the strange grammar, please tell me,thx~:))

  • Yukie

    So if i wamt to say , i only love ShinHwa in korean, is it 신화는 사랑해요 ? Correct me if im wrong, 감사합니다 ^^

    • Jiin Choi

      You would say 저는 신화를 사랑해요 (I love ShinHwa) or 저는 신화만 사랑해요 (I love only ShinHwa).
      In the first sentence, 를 marks the object of your love. In the second sentence, 만 means “only”.
      Remember that 은/는 marks the topic. In this case, the topic would be you (저).

    • Seokjin Jin

      Thanks for your explanation! It was awesome!

    • Yukie

      Alright,thank u so much!