September 8, 2017



Hold up how can they teach me a word before im finished learning the alphabet

September 10, 2017


They show you the word with the alphabet. They show the letters used in a word.

If you learnt the letters A, T, C in English you can learn the word "cat" without any problem.

November 21, 2017


I was wondering, am I supposed to say the word or the translation...

November 1, 2017


Both are accepted in the early exercises: the pronunciation and the meaning.

November 21, 2017


I think so...i guess it is supposed to help you memorize it

January 23, 2019



March 3, 2019


You are special and important, so we can teach you, we want you to learn anything.

August 6, 2018


Because it is part of the alphabet, but it also separately means something. Other than my guess, I am not sure.

December 18, 2018


I Know Right Its so Weird to

June 9, 2018


You said it

January 17, 2019


If you guys need help with the Hangul alphebet, https://www.howtostudykorean.com/unit0/ is a beautiful way to do it! I used this to bide my time waiting for Duolingo Korean. Couldn't have learned it without the site!

September 13, 2017


That's where i started as well. They're spot on about how it's best to just memorize what the characters sound like instead of trying to keep translating from characters to Romaji to English.

February 21, 2018


Thank you !

July 21, 2018

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이 means this as a determiner, not a pronoun. Of course, two, louse, tooth, or even just i (sound) is also accepted.

[Edit] To prevent confusion, tooth is now the primary translation. Also e is now accepted as a transliteration of the letter.

September 13, 2017


Looks like i to me...

September 8, 2017


It is, but 이 is also a word (this).

September 8, 2017


It also means tooth/teeth and two. Without context, it's impossible to know which is intended.

September 10, 2017


I've heard that two, in Korean, can be "dul". Wha-... what's the difference between using 이 and 둘? This is all very confusing. >~

March 12, 2019


And "these" as well :-)

March 3, 2019

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When I saw this question the first time, I also considered it as a sound and not a word. However, when we translated the word "this" back to Korean, we use "이것", "이" is a prefix before nouns, we don't use it alone. 이 actually can also mean tooth.

September 8, 2017


Everyone talking about K-Pop and K-Drama, and I'm just here, trying to know how do I know if "이" means "this" or "tooth" :(

March 26, 2018


Yes, that's right.

"이" means "this" or "tooth".

Kind of like how "bat" in English means "wooden stick for hitting a baseball" and "flying mammal associated with Hallowe'en".

On its own, you can't tell which meaning is intended -- in a sentence, you can see from context which one of the meanings makes sense.

March 26, 2018


As someone who just started learning from here, I'm slightly confused as to see this if im just a beginner beginner and im starting from scratch so i don't know much. Is there something i should do before i start this? Should i learn the Korean alphabet or something? Help.

September 26, 2017


I'm a begginer as well, but before I started learning from Duolingo I was watching KoreanClass101's videos on YouTube to learn hangul. They even made a playlist only for the alphabet so you wont have to scroll through all the videos to find the hangul learning videos. I also got myself a notebook and wrote down the words and sentences they were mentioning and then translated them so I know around 20-30 words/sentences already. Its unnecesarry to write in a notebook and write down the sentences (it will help you a lot though) but I'd definetely recommend to watch their videos about the Korean alphabet aka Hangul. It should be really easy once you get into it :)

October 24, 2017


Great advice! Learning hangul on Youtube will save time. There are several good presentations. https://www.howtostudykorean.com/unit0/ is also a great source, as well as being a super supplement to DL if you are really interested in the language and want to understand the grammar.

November 16, 2017


I highly recommend http://koreanwikiproject.com/, it teaches you not only the characters but the variations in pronounciation (such as ㅅ being s, sh or even t) depending on the syllable. It definitely helped me a lot with these first Duolingo lessons.

Also, if you're into podcasts, a great resource is http://talktomeinkorean.com/. The hosts are fun and chill and they still manage to teach you things. It comes with a PDF so you can see the words they're teaching written out.

September 28, 2017


If you want to say "this tooth" is it gonna be "이 이?"

July 25, 2018


Why is it giving me words when I haven't learned any of the alphabet...

November 16, 2017


DL recognizes your potential, spurring you onward and upward to a more glorious linguistic future beyond the alphabet.

November 16, 2017



April 13, 2019


Its the same when you're learning the alphabet in kindergarten. A for apple. ㅣ For 이 which means tooth. B for bug 아 for 아이 which means child. Same learning technique.

September 13, 2018



The hangul video is down the page in the 6th row, but this page is a source for many Korean youtube sites. Up above closer to the beginning of this thread there is a more direct link plus 2 more to help in learning hangul in less than an hour.

Fun way to learn the alphabet, and then he has 60 short videos to supplement DL.

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/24886787 for more references on Hangul.

November 21, 2017


방탄 소 년 단

December 9, 2017


I don't understand how that is tooth. All I see is a vowel with the extra thingy in front of it to make it...…. complete. Basically, I'm confused as ever.

June 26, 2018


And the Korean word for "tooth" is pronounced with just one vowel -- it's as short as the English word "a" (as in "a bear") or "I" (as in "I am happy"), which are also just one sound each.

So the Korean word for tooth is written simply 이 and pronounced more or less like the name of the English letter E.

June 26, 2018


This one time i wrote teeth and it got corrected. Does korean have the same word for teeth and tooth?

July 29, 2018


For any confusion out there:

이 is used before nouns. For example, 이아이 means this child. It is not used alone. The version to use when alone is 이것. For example, 이것 아이 means this child. Other valid translation (when used alone) for 이 is tooth and two. Without context, 이 can be all.

February 4, 2019


We jumping from a and eu to milk it's confusing

December 3, 2017


i means This?

February 3, 2018


Kind of.

There's a Korean word for "this" which is pronounced /i/ (kind of like "ee", or the name of the letter E).

There are other words with the same pronunciation, e.g. a word for the number "two" is also pronounced /i/.

February 3, 2018


I see. 이 could be translated as tooth/this. In English, this is homonyms. Same spelling, different meaning. But how am I supposed to know whether this word is TOOTH or THIS? Is hovering the word the only way?

June 26, 2018


If you just see 이 without context, then it could be either of them.

Otherwise, you have to use context.

If a baseball player says, "My bat is missing", it means something different than if a vampire says, "My bat is missing".

If you have a complete Korean sentence, you will have to see whether it says, for example, "이 book" (probably "this book") and "my 이" (probably "my tooth") -- that sort of thing.

June 26, 2018

June 29, 2018



July 19, 2018


Dios mío, apenas entré y está difícil D:

January 7, 2019


I'm so happy that I get to learn this! Yay! Wait...so does each character have multiple alternative meanings?

September 16, 2017


It's not like in Japanese or Chinese, don't confuse, Hanghul, it's not based on the symbols it's based on the sounds, only the sounds. Same in English, a suite of sounds can mean several things. "peek" and "peak" are the same sounds, but mean 2 different things.

November 21, 2017


this is the e sound.

October 29, 2017


do we have these sounds in English?

December 31, 2017


Which sounds exactly do you mean by "these sounds"?

This particular "sentence" only contains one sound -- "이 " sounds like /i/, pretty much the vowel of the English words "see" or "eat".

Some of the other sounds in Korean exist in English, some of them don't,.

December 31, 2017


I don't understand how this translates to "this" "these" or "two" when the romanization is i pronounced as ee

January 6, 2018


Because the Korean word for "this, these" is pronounced "ee" and so is one of the Korean words for "two".

January 6, 2018


Romanization has nothing to do with translation. It is simply a means of helping learners identify the sounds of the Korean letters at the very beginning. Once the hangul alphabet is mastered, one should adapt their keyboard to use hangul, and never use romanization again. It slows learning the language and impedes proper pronunciation.

January 6, 2018


So does this character really mean "this"?

January 7, 2018


Korean is not like Chinese -- it doesn't use "characters" that have a meaning of their own.

Korean uses an alphabet, and so a written word only represents a certain pronunciation.

In this case, 이 is pronounced "i" (more or less like "ee" in the English word "bee").

That's not just a sound but there are Korean words pronounced like that, including the word for "this".

Or in other words, the Korean word for "this" is 이.

January 7, 2018


Bruh... I thought 이 meant "teeth".

January 11, 2018


isn't this also the last name Lee?

March 15, 2018


Yes, it is.

May 23, 2018


I'm confused as to how learning what sounds are leads to knowing a word when the letter you associate isn't nec. in the word. And if they don't teach what the word looks like or sounds like, how do you know it's correct?

March 15, 2018


I feel like tooth should be ㅂ발

March 30, 2018


is it actually correct to teach the students to "translate" the characters? isn't it better to teach us to connect "이" to its sound, instead?

April 15, 2018


They've got to start teaching us words eventually... and some words happen to be just one syllable long.

April 15, 2018


Hold on...why is tooth the word? Or the sentence?

April 25, 2018


Because the Korean word for "tooth" is "이".

So when it presents you 이, it's not just a sound /i/.

There are also Korean words that are pronounced that way, and one of those words means "tooth".

Another Korean word pronounced 이 is "two", so that translation would probably also be accepted.

(Multiple words pronounced the same way isn't unique to Korean, of course -- in English, "bat" could be a flying animal or a wooden stick to hit a baseball, for example.)

April 25, 2018


Depending on the sentence someone who is good at Korean would know im saying ( Tooth,this,or these)?

May 13, 2018



Like how someone who is good at English would know whether "like" means "similar to" (they are like cats = they are similar to cats) or "find appealing" (they like cats = they find cats appealing).

And they wouldn't think that a "baseball bat" is a black animal that flies around at night.

May 14, 2018


how does this mean tooth im so confused XP

May 14, 2018


The Korean word for tooth sounds like /i/, similar to the name of the English letter E.

It's a bit like how the English word for the buzzy animal that makes honey sounds like the name of the letter B.

How does "B" mean honey-making animal? The two just sound the same.

May 15, 2018


Weird that it accepts "i" as well as "tooth"

May 19, 2018



June 3, 2018


Kim seok jin I love u so much # youn ko

June 9, 2018


Just i? Lol

June 21, 2018



June 27, 2018


this is so easy to rembeber when we open our mouth ehile saying cheeeeeseeeee just remeber eeee and what do we show when we say eeee our teeth! :D

July 2, 2018


But isn't that I to?

July 4, 2018


How can I know the meaning of the word 이 if I don't even know its English translation? :(

July 13, 2018


You can hover over it with your mouse (if you use the website) or tap the word (on a mobile app) and it should pop up a window with hints. (However, not all the hints may apply to any given sentence.)

Or you can just guess and then look at the correction.

July 13, 2018


All am doing this for bts

July 14, 2018


Got a mouth full of e's

July 14, 2018


Quick question, why does the program have us spell out "tooth" instead of just typing (I)? Thanks in advance to whomever responds!

July 19, 2018


Doesn't this also mean I ?

July 25, 2018


이 does not mean "I" as in "the person who is talking to you right now".

It's a syllable that is pronounced a bit like the name of the letter E in English, so in transcription, 이 is i since the letter i is used for that vowel sound when writing Korean in Roman/English letters.

July 25, 2018


Please why is the translation tooth?

August 4, 2018


Because the Korean word for "tooth" is 이.

August 5, 2018


you probably need to master and learn the Hangul (Korean alphabets) before proceeding to this. I think Duolingo was sepecialized to widen up you vocubularies in different languages and to master them.

August 13, 2018


When I translate this word from Korean to English, the result is "this"???

August 20, 2018


Yes, "this" is one meaning of the Korean word 이.

August 20, 2018


why does it teach me before that tooth is same as child but now is not? i mean first /ai/ child and tooth and now /i/ is tooth... are both ok?

August 23, 2018


So, "this" is good, "tooth" is good. I said "this, tooth" and it was wrong. What?!

September 3, 2018


The Korean prompt was 이 and not 이, 이.

Pick one translation but don't put in both at once.

September 3, 2018


이: lice tooth this profit fucj th duolingo

September 16, 2018


Now you done said tooth was 으 now you are saying it is 이. Im really confused

September 16, 2018


So.. 이 that supoust to mean i, now means tooth?.. I'm confused

October 3, 2018


이 is a Korean word for tooth. It is pronounce as "i"

October 3, 2018


Ugh korean lang. Is so hard i cant even remember everything

October 17, 2018


i am an army but i wanted to learn korean in 2010

November 6, 2018



November 9, 2018


Me :D

November 13, 2018


I want to repeat lesson 1, but i can't access it. Only Step 2. How can i go back to the beginning? I want to practice more. Before i progress.

November 13, 2018


I know you probably already solved this, but, for me at least, there's a word at the top right that says practice.

December 27, 2018


How im i to translate the word child tooth

November 19, 2018


이 - tooth

아이 - child

November 19, 2018


How will we know the words if we didn, t wet finished the alphabets

November 19, 2018


I just typed the word "This" and it accepted it... But its also tooth?

November 19, 2018


That’s right.

November 20, 2018


I like how this app has armys im one too.<3

December 2, 2018


So wait i thought i was learning letters? I was learing that was a letter then you tell me ots a WORD?!?!? I thougjt learning korean would be easier sence i already know germen...guess not...also most of the comments are dealeated how am i ment to learn from comments thats say [Deleated]

December 4, 2018


Some words in Korean are just one letter long, a bit like how in English the words for ich and ein are just one letter long: I, a.

Also, you're not missing anything by not seeing the deleted comments -- many of them are "I love BTS, I want to learn Korean so I can watch them without subtitles" or similar comments that don't relate to this particular sentence.

December 4, 2018


How does this mean tooth,this,these

December 5, 2018


Korean doesn't really distinguish between singular and plural in grammar, so "this" and "these" are the same word, 이 (pronounced pretty much like the name of the letter E in English).

이 also means tooth. Two words that are pronounced the same.

Like how "bat" in English can be a wooden stick for hitting a ball, or a flying mammal: two words that are pronounced the same.

Or if you were wondering how something that's just one vowel sound can be a word, consider the English word "eye" -- it's spelled with three letters but pronounced with just one vowel sound.

December 6, 2018


Eu só sou um brasileiro querendo representar meu pais :)

December 20, 2018


So 이 and 우 both mean tooth in Korean?

December 26, 2018


Dont get it

December 28, 2018


It may mean sth itself

December 28, 2018


이 tooth =i ......???????

January 2, 2019


The Korean word for "tooth" is pronounced /i/ -- similar to the name of the English letter E.

January 2, 2019


I cant memorise these

January 3, 2019


I though '이' meant 'this'..?

January 3, 2019


That is also a meaning of the word.

January 3, 2019



January 7, 2019


Yay i rememered 이

January 11, 2019


How tf do you get the word tooth from the letter E

January 12, 2019


How do you get the word "buzzy insect that makes honey" from the letter B?

How do you get the word "lots of water" from the letter C, or "drink made from steeping leaves in hot water" from the letter T?

The words just happen to sound the same as the English letter names. One Korean word for "tooth" happens to sound like the name of the English letter E.

January 12, 2019


I thought it meant "this" but now it says "tooth". I am confused

January 15, 2019


The word 이 means both of those things -- "this" and "tooth".

January 15, 2019


This should have been 'child' it shows 'this'

January 23, 2019


"child" is 아이, not just 이.

January 23, 2019


Earlier they said this alphabet is 'i' now they say it is 'this'???If any koreans here plz clear me is anything wrong in this app.And also suggest me nice apps without mistakes:)

January 23, 2019


/i/ is the sound it makes.

"this" is one of the words that sound like /i/ in Korean.

So 이 is pronounced /i/ and means "this" (and "tooth" and one or two other things).

A bit like the English word "I" which is pronounced 아이 (like "eye") and means 나 ("me; the person who is speaking")

Much as the English word "I" is just one syllable long, Korean also has words that are just one syllable long -- even ones with just one vowel sound, like English "I".

January 23, 2019



January 26, 2019


Im confused... If that letter means "i" then how does it mean "this"

January 27, 2019


Hello,its pronounce letter is" i " in korean it does not mean english letter "I":)

January 27, 2019


Well, I'm not a prophet yet, Mr. Duolingo!

January 30, 2019


I thought those (0|) were the characters for 'tooth'..? Like didn't they say earlier that those characters means 'tooth'? *I tried it with both 'tooth' and 'this' and they were both correct... - I am so confused

February 8, 2019


Words with different meanings can be pronounced the same.

For example, "bat" can be an animal that flies or it can be a wooden stick to play baseball with.

Similarly, 이 can mean "this" or "tooth".

February 8, 2019


Alguem só esta estudando coreano por causa dos BTS?

March 16, 2019


Why do I need a Korean keyboard? I am on a computer....

March 20, 2019


Why it is necessary to add "ㅇ" to the words / vowels or consonants ?

March 23, 2019


Why it is necessary to add "ㅇ" to the words / vowels or consonants ?

It's just a spelling rule: syllables have to have a letter at the "beginning".

If a syllable starts with a consonant, then the consonant goes there.

If a syllable start with a vowel, then "ㅇ" goes there, basically to "fill the space" even though that letter represents no sound in that position.

So syllables such as man and an look similar: 만 versus 안. They all have three letters in the syllable: m-a-n in the first case and Ø-a-n in the second case (where "Ø" here stands for a letter that has no pronunciation).

March 24, 2019


Kim Namjoon Kim SeokJin Min Yoongi Jung Hoseok Park Jimin Kim Taehung Jung Jungook BTS❤

March 30, 2019


Did anyone else learn korean because you are kpop fan ( i am bts AMRY). I know kpop will take over the USA so i know i have to learn korean before it is to late

March 31, 2019


Wasnt this means child

April 7, 2019


No; child is 아이.

April 7, 2019


This also has another meaning teeth

April 19, 2019



April 22, 2019


I thought - I - meant is. Like for example - Jimin I pabo - Jimin is a fool

April 25, 2019


This, these and teeth are all correct >:c

April 26, 2019


OI means teeth not this.☺

May 6, 2019


Words can have more than one meaning.

이 can mean "tooth, teeth" or "this" or even "two".

May 7, 2019
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