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“Jeoyeyo”, “Mwoyeyo?”, How to use “iyeyo/yeyo?” [Word of the Day Series]

So we talked a lot of about “iyeyo” and “yeyo” before. I keep coming back to these because they are actually pretty important in Korean and I want you to be able to use them effectively. It honestly took me a while to really get it but seeing it over and over again will help a lot, especially if you know how to use it! Today I’m just going to show you some ways to actually use these two endings. If you need a refresher, check out: “iyeyo/yeyo” and “isseoyo” word of the day. I plan to go back through to all the grammar lessons and show you ways in how to use each of them. But first, let’s get started with “yeyo” and “iyeyo”.

저예요 (Jeoyeyo) = “It’s me.” Remember that “Jeo” comes from “Jeoneun” and “yeyo” shows identification. So the conversation may go like this…

Person 1: 누구 입니까? (nugu ibnikka? or Who is it?)

Person 2: 저예요!

Person 1: 어서오세요!  (eoseooseyo! or Come on in. [for someone entering a room]

Ok now if Person 1 didn’t know Person 2, then Person 2’s response would’ve been ““Jeoneun ___(your name)__ imnida.”

The next one is 뭐예요 (Mwoyeyo). It means “What is it?/What’s that?” This can be used in multiple ways, like “What’s that?” in reference to something someone’s holding, “What is it?” if someone is telling you something, showing you something, and if you say a bit aggressively, it could be considered a challenge.

It’s used a lot in these k-dramas when someone pushes someone or does something negative to someone and they say “뭐예요?” aggressively.

Ok so that’s it for today! Tomorrow, “This is…”, “This”, “That”, “Over there!”

-행운을 담아! (Haenguneul dama!)

…(i/ga) anieyo, mwo, e. [Word of the Day Series]

So last week we covered (i/ga) eodie isseoyo. Today, we’re going to add on to it with (i/ga) anieyo, mwo, and e. To begin, let’s discuss how they relate. (i/ga) eodie isseoyo is asking the question, “Where is…?” (If you need a refresher, go ahead and click back on the past WOTD talking about this subject) These next phrases are specifying.

Let’s start with “e”. 에(e) means “in, at, on, to”. So if you wanted to be specific about where something was you’d add this to the sentence. I’m going to just leave this here so you can become familiar with it. Tomorrow I’ll go into more detail about this.

뭐 (mwo) is something we’ve heard over and over in television, songs, etc. It means simply, “what”. Hahaha. I guess that’s one of the first words we all learn after watching kdramas. However, here’s an example of how to use it.

Person 1: “Shigyega eodie isseoyo?”

Person 2: “Bang-e.”

Person 1: “Mwo?”

Ok, so yea, that was a sample conversation of how it could be used. Don’t worry too much about the vocabulary that you don’t recognize. It’ll be something we cover tomorrow.

And last, (i/ga) anieyo which means “It is not…”. Sample sentence: “Oenjjeugi ani go o reunjjeugi ieyo.” (It is not on the left side and it is on the right side.)

That’s all for today! Haenguneul dama! (All the Best!)