My First Korean Phrases (Explained in Korean)

About this course

Have you wished to learn the Korean language “in Korean” as a beginner? “My First Korean Phrases (Explained in Korean)” is an audio course where you can learn 20 essential Korean phrases in Korean!

By any chance, are you worried that it might be too difficult for you? Then, please don’t. Our hosts, Yeji and Seung-wan, lead the course only using grammar points introduced in our Essential Korean Course Levels 1 to 3. And all the lessons are bite-sized and light-hearted so anyone at a beginner level can have fun listening to this course and learn from it! Ready to join in on the fun? Then, we’ll see you in the first lesson!

Target level

TTMIK Levels 2-4

What can you achieve through this course?

  • Learn 20 essential Korean phrases with various examples
  • Learn the most natural ways to use the target expressions in conversations
  • Improve your Korean listening skills through Korean conversations structured for beginners
  • Pick up natural everyday Korean expressions

Sample Lesson



Course language


What can you find inside the course?

  • 20 bite-sized lessons
  • Full transcripts (in Korean)
  • English translations
  • Review quizzes

Table of contents

  1. 어서 오세요.
  2. 안녕히 가세요. 안녕히 계세요.
  3. 수고하세요.
  4. 다녀올게요.
  5. 신기해요!
  6. 잘 먹겠습니다. 잘 먹었습니다.
  7. 심심해요. 지루해요.
  8. 반가워요!
  9. 괜찮아요.
  10. 음… 글쎄요.
  11. 잘 잤어요?
  12. 잘 지내요?
  13. 오랜만이에요!
  14. 의외예요.
  15. 어땠어요?
  16. 너무해요.
  17. 잘 부탁합니다.
  18. 힘들어요.
  19. 헷갈렸어요.
  20. 보고 싶어요.

This course is exclusively available to subscribers.

Join now to begin your Korean learning journey!


  1. Dickey Choden Bhutia,

    Hello. In lesson 8, why 여러분들 반갑습니다 is incorrect?

    • Ana Luisa,

      As far as I understand, it would be because 여러분 is made up of 여러 (several) + 분 (polite counter for people), so it literally means several people or everyone. For that reason, there’s no need to add the plural particle 들 as the expression already refers to the plural in and of itself.

  2. Cat Clementine,

    전 이게 제일 좋은 과정이에요! 이 과정으로 큰 소리 말하는 연습할 수 있어요. This course is great for the shadowing technique that Yeji has mentioned. I started this course when I was on level 3 of the core curriculum, I’m now finishing level 4 but testing for a level 5. I think supplemental courses like this where you practice speaking out loud help your pronunciation but also your understanding– I may not understand every sentence perfectly, but I often end up learning new words and grammar skills simply by speaking along and learning through the context. This course has advanced me quicker! I don’t take notes on this course beyond the phrase being taught, but I may go back and write all of the new vocabulary once I finish the lessons and understand all of the phrases.

    I do like how in the earlier lessons the transcript was 100% written in Korean. It made the shadowing more easy for me when I was reading and shadowing along… eventually I’d like to shadow without the transcripts but that’s too challenging for me right now.

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      Great to hear your positive experience with the course! It seems the shadowing technique has been really helpful for your language learning journey. Speaking out loud and learning through context can indeed enhance both pronunciation and understanding. We’re so happy to see that you’re not just passively listening to the course but actively participating and engaging with it in a passionate way to get the most out of it. Keep up the great work!💪🔥

  3. Marilyn,

    안녕하세요! I was so excited to stumble upon this course. It’s exactly what I needed, confidence wise. I practice with others and I always seem to get disheartened. I put this on and I was (am) so excited to be able to understand everything that is being said, with the exceptions of a few phrases here and there…but they are few and far between. Thank you so much for offering this course. 감사합니다! What a confidence builder! yay!
    As an aside, on the podcast on Spotify Episode 10 should be about 음…글쎄요, however it is the same as Episode 11. 잘 잤어요.

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts 🙂
      We found the issue you mentioned on the podcast, and replaced the file with a correct one! Thank you for letting us know 😍

  4. ,

    이런 종류의 수업을 만들어 주셔서 감사합니다!^^. …특히 중급 학생들에겐 이런 한국말만 하게설명하는 수업은 되게 최곤 거 같아요!!
    Lately I truly thought that there was something missing within the TTMIK curriculum that could provide “early intermediate” student with a more organic platform to help moving on more advanced levels.
    Although this specific course topic develops around (fairly) beginners levels of expressions, the fact that it is solely explained in an easy paced Korean, allows to immerse ourself completely in the learning experience without loosing confidence and the constant “need” to check the translation ( simply because perhaps, the dialogue, for us, was still a bit too fast….speed will come later😅)
    I really feel it would be great if TTMIK could now produce a few new courses of this kind, targeted to intermediate students, …and perhaps in similar fashion, for upper-intermidiate students too.😊
    Marilù (마릴루😉)

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      마리아 씨, 감사합니다!^^
      We also found the mistake in the transcript and fixed it. Thank you for letting us know, Justin!

    • Justin Wilson,

      I agree sooooo strongly. There are a lot of existing courses I’m reluctant to go into because I just don’t want to get hit with a wall of English. If I only have an hour to study, I want to feel I spent that hour in Korean
      Also — please fix Lesson 1 transcript? It doesn’t match that well, seems it was an oversight. Says they say things they don’t, and doesn’t transcribe some of what they did say. At the beginner level it is HARD to deal with imperfect scripts :))

  5. Bianca Thalhammer,

    As a beginner I found this course difficult at the beginning but I really liked the course and needed something to boost my listening comprehension skills. So figured out how to make it work for me: I listend to the audio 2-3 times, trying to catch as much meaning as possible. Then I really looked up every single word, worked through the text and listened to it again. After some lessons it got easier but I stuck to my method. It definitly helped improving my listening skills and discussing usage and meaning of words with my teacher. I enjoyed it a lot! Thank you, 수고하셨습니다!

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      Thank you for your feedback! 감사해요 🙂

  6. Lex,

    Hello, just wondering if there’s is a recommended way to use this course. I see so many glowing reviews here and on the first episode on youtube so I know it’s good. However, I listened to episode 3 and though I could understand some of what was happening, at the end I still don’t know what the phrase means. It’s from low beginner so I feel like maybe I’m just approaching it the wrong way as I’m an advanced beginner. Thank you.

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      Hi, since this course uses 100% Korean, it’s perfectly understandable that you don’t understand the meaning of the phrases fully.
      You can use the lesson notes and translate the meaning of the sentences first, and then you can listen to the audio lessons again. Then you will understand the phrases better.

    • Lex,

      Thank you, I will try this 🙂

    • Lex,

      I am familiar with most of the other phrases in the lessons, so maybe they’ll be okay and the others it’s better for me to learn before listening. But I still wonder how others are using them. thank you.

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      If you want to know how others learn, you can join our Discord server and ask them!
      Here is the link:

    • Lex,

      Thank you, I‘ll head on over 🙂

  7. John,

    I really enjoyed the format of the course. While I was not one of those who followed the dialogue fully I could generally get the gist of things. Moreover, as I already knew most of the specific phrases/words my interest was more in getting more listening practice in a “controlled” setting. Knowing the phrase puts a context on most of the other dialogue which really helps!

    Plus, this type of lesson offers benefits for learning more about specific words but building the related vocabulary. I also suspect that returning later will not only offer good reinforcement of what was learned but also produce additional learning.

    I thought both 예지 씨 and 승완 씨 spoke at good rates and clearly articulated both the lesson word and dialogue.

    수고 하세요!

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      We truly appreciate your feedback on the course! 🙂 감사합니다.

  8. molly miller,

    It would be useful if there were translated transcripts as well to verify our understanding of the dialogues. There were times where I was pretty sure that I knew what they were saying, but I wasn’t 100% confident, so I had to look up certain words and phrases to check.

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      We truly appreciate your honest feedback! 🙂

  9. Christopher Fox,

    이 코스 진짜 좋으니까 더 주세요. 🥺

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      감사합니다! 🙂

    • Christopher Fox,

      코스 … 과정 😄

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      😄 네!

  10. Yalda,

    I didn’t expect to love this course so much but here we are! There was a slight audio issue in Lesson 2 at min 2:12 or so (sounded like another voice said “그리고”). It did not bother me, just wanted to let you know! 감사합니다 🙂

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      Thank you for your feedback!
      화이팅 🙂

  11. Craig Loewen,

    This was a fantastic course! I’m at the beginner / intermediate level and I was really able to understand everything, it was amazing listening practice and I learned a lot. Super fantastic, great job! 🙂 I’d love to see more like this!

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      We are glad to hear! Thank you for studying Korean with us 🙂

  12. Sade-Auroora Variskorpi,

    I have just listened to the first lesson but this course is excatly what I have been looking for. Many times when trying to do listening practices they either are way too easy and short only few sentences in lenght or way too difficult and it just feels fustrating and makes me feel like I have learned nothing and will never learn. In this I could understand the main points. Even if I did not understand every word I understood enough that I could keep up what was being talked about. I actually felt like maybe one day I can watch korean variety shows etc without subtitles and understand what is happening.

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      We truly appreciate your feedback!

  13. Sophie Park,

    omg. this course is exactly what fits my knowledge of grammar and vocabulary and its exactly the speed i can understand. tkank you so much 🙂

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      Thank you!

  14. ,

    Thank you for this course !

    I’ve just finished it, and it gave me a really good boost of motivation to continue learning Korean with ttmik !

    As I listened to it I thought “Oh I can understand almost 100% of what they say, wow I’ve actually made some progress ! “.

    So it seems to me that this is a very nice format, as you both learn new things about common Korean expressions you thought you already knew (but of course didn’t 😉) and can see your progress concretely.

    너무 감사합니다 ttmik ❤️

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      Thank you for your comment. ❤️

  15. laura.horangi,

    Hello 🙂 I like this new course a lot! It’s very helpful ^^ thank you so much.

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      Thank you for your lovely feedback!