[Q&A] 이에요 vs 있어요

Many of my students are confused 이에요 and 있어요, so I am writing this post to make sure you understand 이에요 and 있어요.

이에요means “something/someone is/are/am a noun”. For example,
저는 한국 사람이에요. I am Korean.
(이 분이) 제 선생님이에요. This person is my teacher.
한국어 책이에요. It is a Korean book.
여기가 도서관이에요. Here is the library.
이게 제 가방이에요. This is my bag.

On the other hand, 있어요 has two different meanings. The first meaning is “have(possession)“, and the other one is “is/am/are at/in/on somewhere(existence)“. It is not just ‘is’, it means ‘is at/in/on somewhere(existence)‘.

Let’s look at some examples.
(저는) 한국 친구가 있어요. I have Korean friends. (possession)
시간이 많이 있어요. I have a lot of time. (possession)
앤디 씨는 가방이 많이 있어요. Andy has a lot of computers. (possession)
앤디 씨 집 가방이 많이 있어요. At Andy’s house, there are lots of computers. (existence) 
미나 씨가 집에 있어요. Mina is at home. (existence) 
마이크 씨가 한국에 있어요. Mike is in Korea. (existence)
제 집이 도서관 앞에 있어요. My house is in front of the library. (existence)
책상 책이 있어요. There is a book on the desk.(existence)
교실 옆 화장실이 있어요. There is a bathroom next to the classroom. (existence)

As you can see, when 있어요 means “be at some place“, 있어요 follows after “-에” which is a place particle.

Let’s look at these two sentences.
1. 여기가 도서관이에요. Here is the library.
2. 제 집이 도서관 앞에 있어요. My house is in front of the library.

In these two sentences, 이에요 and 있어요 are used with a noun(place), however, 이에요 means “is a noun” while 있어요 means “is at a place

 

Do you know what the opposite word of 이에요? It is 아니에요(is not a noun). You can learn 아니에요 by clicking here.

How about the opposite word for 있어요? It is 없어요. For more examples of -에 있어요/없어요 by clicking here. For more examples of 있어요(possession) by clicking here.

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[Grammar] -요 vs 습니다

-요 and 습니다 are both polite sentence endings, but they are used for different situations.

-요 is used for friendly/informal situations. Koreans use -요 for normal/daily conversations, you can use this to anyone who are older than you or you want to express respect.

On the other hand, 습니다 is used more for formal situations like work meetings, conferences, writing, army base, and TV news etc.

Basic form Friendly/informal Formal
Noun이다 이에요/예요 입니다
Verb/adjective다 아요/어요/해요 습니다/ㅂ니다

 

For example,

Friendly/informal Formal
저는 이미나예요. 저는 이미나입니다.
진주는 제 친구예요. 진주는 제 친구입니다.
이건 가방이에요. 이것은 가방입니다.
이 학교는 좋아요. 이 학교는 좋습니다.
컴퓨터가 있어요. 컴퓨터가 있습니다.
피자가 맛있어요. 피자가 맛있습니다.

If you want to learn more about 이에요, please click here.

If you want to learn more about 아요/어요/해요, please click here.

If you want to learn more about 습니다/ㅂ니다, please click here.

If you want to learn more about the honorific speech, please click here.

[Expression] I like your hat!

In English, people often say “I like your hat!” or “I like your shoes!” if someone is wearing a cool hat or nice shoes. You shouldn’t translate it as “그 모자 좋아해요!” or “신발 좋아해요!” into Korean because “I like your hat!” doesn’t mean “I LIKE it”, it actually means “Your hat is nice.”

If you say “모자/신발 좋아해요” in Korean, it means “I like it” such as “I like apples” or “I like ice cream.”. Therefore you have to say “모자가 멋있어요.(The hat is cool)” or “신발이 예뻐요(The shoes are pretty)” or “모자가 어울려요(The hat fits you very well).”

New words>

모자: hat
신발: shoes
좋아하(): to like
멋있(): to be cool, awesome
예쁘(): to be pretty
어울리(): to fit well, match well
//여요: a sentence ending for present tense

[Reading] 청개구리 tree frog-2

엄마는 청개구리한테 강가에 묻으라고 하면 산에 묻을 거라고 생각했어요. 청개구리는 항상 반대로만 행동했으니까요. 청개구리는 엄마가 돌아가신 후에 크게 뉘우쳤어요. 그 동안 엄마의 말을 듣지 않은 것을 후회하며 엄마의 유언을 따르기로 했어요. 그래서 엄마를 산이 아닌 강가에 묻었어요. 그리고 비가 오면 엄마의 무덤이 떠내려갈까 봐 강가에서 울었어요. 그래서 지금도 비가 오면 개구리가 운다고 해요.

그리고 부모님의 말씀을 안 듣는 사람을 “청개구리”라고 부르게 되었어요.

<New words>

행동하다: to act, behave
돌아가시다: to pass away (for elders)
뉘우치다: to regret
후회하다: to regret
유언을 따르다: to follow a will 
무덤: tomb
떠내려가다: to be washed away
-다고 하다: indirect speech for statement(click here to learn more)
말씀 : the honorific form for 말

Click here to listen to the audio file.

[Reading] 토끼와 거북의 경주 The Tortoise and the Hare

토끼와 거북의 경주

옛날 옛날에 토끼와 거북이 살았어요. 토끼는 정말 빨랐어요. 하지만 거북은 아주 느렸어요. 어느 날, 토끼가 말했어요. “거북아, 나하고 경주할래? 내가 이길 수 있어!” 거북이 말했어요. “좋아.”

토끼와 거북은 경주를 시작했어요. 토끼는 아주 빨랐어요. 토끼가 뒤를 봤을 때 거북이 안 보였어요. 그래서 토끼는 나무 아래에서 잠을 잤어요.

거북은 천천히 갔어요. 한 시간쯤 후에 거북은 토끼를 봤어요. 토끼는 편안하게 자고 있었어요. 거북은 계속 갔어요.

거북이 먼저 도착했어요. 그때 토끼가 일어났어요. 토끼는 너무 부끄러웠어요. 거북이 말했어요. “토끼야, 너무 잘난 척하면 안 돼!”

Listen to this story(click here)

Grammar>

-았/었/했어요: past tense sentence ending
-은/는: topic particle
-이/가: subject particle
-을/를 : object particle
-에서: place particle
-와/과/하고: and (between nouns)
반말 : casual speech

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옛날 옛날에: once upon a time
토끼: rabbit
거북(이): turtle
살(다): to live
정말: really
빠르(다): to be fast
하지만: but, even though
아주: very 
느리(다): to be slow
어느 날: one day
말하(다): to speak, talk, say
아 in 거북아: a name suffix for casual speech.(click here to learn more)
나: I, me
경주하(다): to have a race
-(으)ㄹ래(?): a sentence ending for suggestion 
내가: 내 is the same as 나, but it changes into 내 in front of the subject particle -가
이기(다): to win
-(으)ㄹ 수 있어요: can (click here to learn more)
좋(다): to be good
시작하(다): to start
뒤: behind, back
보(다): to watch
-(으)ㄹ 때: when —-
안: not
보이(다): to be seen
그래서: so—, therefore—
나무: tree
아래: under, bottom
잠을 자(다): to sleep
천천히: slowly
-쯤: about, around
후에: after
편안하게: comfortably
-고 있었어요: action in progress, -ing (click here to learn more)
계속: continuously 
먼저: first
도착하(다): to arrive
그때: at that time
일어나(다): to get up
너무: too, very
부끄럽(다): to feel ashamed
잘난 척하(다) : to show off oneself
-(으)면 안 돼요: shouldn’t (click here to learn more)

Verb/adjective conjugation

In this post, I am talking about how to conjugate verbs and adjectives from basic verb forms.

Every Korean verb/adjective ends with ‘— 다’, for example, 가다, 오다, 먹다, 살다, 마시다 etc. When you conjugate verbs/adjectives with endings, first you delete 다 and then add endings like the following below.

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And then you have to look at an ending that you want to add. There are three types of endings. The first type is  -아/어/여 ending. For -아/어/여 ending, you have to look at the previous letter’s vowel.

If the vowel is ㅏor ㅗ, then you have to add -아. For example, -아요(present), -았어요(past), -아서(because) etc.

If the vowel is other than ㅏ or ㅗ, you have to add -어. For example, -어요(present), -었어요(past), -어서(because) etc.

If the previous letter ends with ‘하’, you have to add -여. But it changes the form into ‘해’ in conversations. For example, -여요=>해요(present), -였어요=> 했어요(past), -여서=> 해서(because).

 

The second type is that endings start with -(으) or (스), for example, (으)ㄹ 거예요, (으)ㄹ 수 있어요, -(스)ㅂ니다 etc. In this case, you have to look at whether the previous letter ends with a vowel or a consonant.

If the letter ends with a vowel, you do not use 으 or 스. For example, 가+ㅂ니다 => 갑니다, 자+ㄹ 거예요 => 잘 거예요.

If the letter ends with a consonant, you have to use 으  or 스.  For example, 먹+습니다 => 먹습니다, 읽+습니다 => 읽습니다.

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Finally, the third type is that endings start with a consonant. For example, -고, -지, -게 etc. For these endings, you can just simply attach them to a verb/adjective.
가+고 싶어요 => 가고 싶어요,  먹+지 않아요 => 먹지 않아요.

 

Please reply to this post if you have any questions about conjugation. Thank you!

 

 

[Expression]어떻게 해요? vs 어떡해요?

어떻게(adverb) means ‘how’ and ‘해요(verb)‘ means ‘do’, so 어떻게 해요 means ‘what should I(you) do?”. And 어떡해요(adjective) is a short form for 어떻게 해요. Therefore, both mean “what should I do?”. They are used for when some BAD thing happened.

In conversations, it can be translated “Oh, no”, “Oh, my god!” or “Too bad”. I heard that a lot of people say ‘미안해요’ when they hear bad news because in English, they say “I am sorry to hear that.” when they hear a bad thing.

But “미안해요.” means “sorry/apologize”, not ‘feel sorry’.  You can say “아이고, 어떡해요.” or “어머, 정말 안 됐네요.(It is too bad)”.

 

Example,

A: 200만원을 잃어버렸어요. I lost 2,000,000 Won.
B: 아이고, 어떡해요. 그거 등록금이잖아요. Oh, my god! That was your tuition!

B: 왜 울고 있어요? 무슨 일 있어요? Why are you crying? What happened?
A: 어제 우리 집 강아지가 갑자기 죽었어요. My dog suddenly died yesterday.
B: 어머, 어떡해요… 무슨 병이 있었어요?  Oh, no… Was he sick before?

A: 지난 주에 정민 씨가 남자 친구하고 헤어졌어요. Jungmin broke up with her boyfriend last week.
B: 어머, 정말 안 됐네요. 정민 씨가 남자 친구를 많이 좋아했잖아요. That’s too bad, Jungmin really like him, right?