This and That In Korean

In this lesson you will learn how to say ‘this’ and ‘that’ in Korean.

The key words and expressions you will learn in this lesson are:

  • (i) – this (near the speaker)
  • (geu) – that (near the listener)
  • (jeo) – that over there (away from both speaker and listener)
  • 거 / 것 – thing

The Korean words in this lesson are written in both Hangul and English. If you’ve not yet learned how to read the Korean alphabet, check out our complete Korean alphabet guide to help you learn how to read in Korean.

This / That In Korean

(i) – this

‘This’ in Korean is 이. 이 (this) describes something which is close to the speaker.

Click on the audio below to check how to pronounce 이.

이 is always followed by a noun. For example, to say ‘this computer’ you would say 이 컴퓨터.

If you want to say ‘this thing’ you simply add the word 것 / 거. So, 이 (this) + 것 (thing) = 이거 (this thing).

*것/거 are the same word. 것 is often shortened to 거 in casual speech.

(geu) – that

‘That’ in Korean is 그. 그 (that) describes something which is far away from the speaker and close to the listener.

Click on the audio below to see how to pronounce 그.

그 is always followed by a noun. For example, to say ‘that bottle’ (when the bottle is far from the speaker but close to the listener) you would say 그 병.

To say ‘that thing’ (far from speaker and close to listener) you simply say 그 (that) + 것 (thing) = 그거.

(jeo) – that over there

When something is far away from both the speaker and the listener we say 저, which means that over there.

Click on the audio below to check how to pronounce 저.

저 is always followed by a noun. For example, to say ‘that table’ (when the table is far from both the listener and the speaker) you would say 저 테이블.

To say ‘that thing over there’ you would simply say 저 (that) + 것 (thing) = 저거.

Example Sentences With ‘this’ and ‘that’

Here are some sample sentences using ‘this’ and ‘that’ in Korean. These sentences use the words and expressions that you learned in a previous lessons about ‘What‘ and ‘How much is it?‘.

EnglishKoreanAudio
this computer이 컴퓨터
What’s this?이거 뭐예요?
How much is this computer?이 컴퓨터 얼마예요?
that pizza그 피자
What’s that?그거 뭐예요?
How much is that pizza?그 피자 얼마예요?
that car over there저 차
What’s that over there?저거 뭐예요?
How much is that car over there?저 차 얼마예요?

This / That – Review Quiz

Review the key points from this lesson with this review quiz. Read the questions below and choose the correct answer. There are 4 questions.