Learn Korean: an intro to speaking in the past tense…

Hey fellow Korean-learner!

In today’s “learn Korean” post, we’re going to be learning how to speak in the past tense. It’s actually not that difficult, but as we’ll see, there’s just something about each verb and what we have to do to it that we need to know before we can speak in the past.

Check out the video and if you have any questions after, please let me know. And if you find the video useful, feel free to click the “like” button just above it (it’d be much appreciated!).

Thanks, and happy learning!


p.s. if that stuff is WAY over your head ’cause you’re just a beginner, then you may want to check this page out. This is where I recommend everyone new to Korean starts.

Leave A Reply (8 comments so far)

  1. Elisha

    I have a korean penpal and she said 고 means ‘ing’
    so if you say if you said -
    저는 자고 있다
    I am sleeping
    she said 있다 is present
    있었다 is past
    것이다 is future
    is this right
    so if you wanted i was sleeping you would say –
    저는 자고 있었다
    and if you wanted to say i slept you would say -
    저는 잤다
    and if you wanted to say i will sleep you would say –
    저는 잘 것이다
    I think :D

  2. i am so thankful, that many lesson’s are avilible.

  3. very nice
    i am so happy now that i got a good lesson.

  4. I’m thankful you like them and find them useful, Sayed!

  5. Cool, Sayed. If you’re happy, I’m happy!


  6. Hi Elisha,

    In the structure you’re referring to above, it’s not actually just the 고 that means ‘ing’, or happening now. It’s the 고 있다 all together that makes that. But yes, your sentences are correct, although not really conjuagated for conversation in higher forms of respect. Those are all pretty much just in base form, which can be used in conversation, but it’s very casual and probably wouldn’t be used in most situations.

    Thanks Elisha (and sorry for the delay in getting this answered!)


  7. margarita

    Very usefull,thanks,

  8. Rob

    You’re welcome, Margarita!