[Updated] Learn to Read and Write in Korean (Hangeul)

About this course

For everybody wishing to learn to speak Korean, learning Hangeul early on and learning it well is a must. By learning to read the Korean characters (Hangeul) accurately and confidently, you can speed up your Korean learning process as well as avoid a lot of unnecessary, potentially embarrassing mistakes that many learners make.

Through this course, you can understand how each letter in the Korean writing system is pronounced based on logical explanations about how it was formed. This will make it easier for you to remember the letters. You also get a quick review of the previous lesson in the beginning of each lesson, as well as a brief recap of everything you’ve learned in that lesson.

Hangeul is arguably one of the easiest writing systems to learn in the world, and after watching and studying with our 8-part course, you will be able to read Hangeul quite comfortably and feel confident to continue learning more Korean!

Target level

TTMIK Level 1

What can you achieve through this course?

  • Learn to recognize and read Korean characters
  • Learn the basic pronunciation of all Korean consonants and vowels
  • Learn the correct stroke orders of Korean characters
  • Rely less and less on romanization in your future Korean learning



Sample Lesson



Course language


What can you find inside the course?

  • 7 lessons introducing how to read Hangeul
  • 1 lesson introducing how to write Hangeul
  • Review quizzes for each lesson

Table of contents

  1. Basic Vowels of Hangeul
  2. Basic Consonants of Hangeul
  3. More Consonants of Hangeul
  4. Compound Vowels of Hangeul
  5. “Y” in Hangeul
  6. Final Consonants in Hangeul
  7. Review & Practice
  8. How to Write Hangeul


This course is exclusively available to subscribers.

Join now to begin your Korean learning journey!


  1. Sriram Sitharaman,

    I just started learning the basics! Doing this along with Level 1 curriculum right now! I am a little confused when deciding how to pronounce the consonant ㄹ . Because in 한글(Han-guel), it sounds as ‘L’ but in 나라 (Country) it is pronounced as nara(R).

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      In English, both L and R are pronounced as ㄹ. There is no distinction between L and R in Korean pronunciation!
      If you have any more questions, please leave a comment. ☺️

  2. Ana Luisa,

    I’m currently halfway through Level 3, but I decided to go back and review some earlier topics by following the new course curriculum by levels. Since I already know how to read and write hangul, I wasn’t expecting to gain much value from a beginner’s hangul course, but I shouldn’t have underestimated the value TTMIK always adds to each and every one of their lessons. I was able to review the names of the letters, understand the origin of the shapes chosen to represent each letter, and further analyze the differences between simple and compound consonants, and well as understanding better how simpler vowels and consonants are used as a basis for more complex ones, and learning new words through the examples given. All of that alongside a beautiful video with superb editing. Thank you to the TTMIK team for always proving high quality content that is well thought-out for learners of all different levels of Korean, you rock!

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      We’re glad to hear that you’re finding value in our Korean materials! That seemed to be a great decision to take this one of the basic courses even as someone who already knows how to read and write Hangeul. We look forward to having you join our other courses as well and we’re excited to continue supporting your Korean learning journey!🧭🧳✍️

  3. Ian Paul B. Saligumba,

    Watching this lesson again to review the basics.

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      Sounds good! Refreshing the basics by watching the lesson again is always a great idea! 👍

  4. four meow,

    Great course! I finally sort out the differences 🙂

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      Thank you for your comment!😸

  5. karinaslvs,

    “Learn to Read and Write in Korean” was my first Korean course ever. I think it’s perfect for absolute beginners because it’s both easy and challenging in the right proportion to help me start my Korean learning journey without feeling overwhelmed. 😌

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      We’re glad you chose our “Learn to Read and Write in Korean” course as your first! Your decision to start your Korean learning journey here is fantastic, and we’re honored to be a part of it. Thank you sincerely for sharing your thoughts. Your feedback is invaluable as it not only motivates us but also helps us refine and enhance our content. Best of luck and enjoy your Korean learning journey!❤️

  6. ZingBear,

    Very helpful. I use my Hangeul Master book for refreshing, but watching this course help me master hangeul as a whole. Double consonants was always hard for me. Now I just need to continue my reading and writing with practice. <3

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      Impressive! You used both the book and this course to learn Hangeul? That’s awesome! It might have taken more time, but it definitely helped you build a strong foundation for Korean. We hope you’ll become really comfortable with the language and read and write smoothly. Keep up the good work!🔥

  7. Sukma,

    I’m confused about how to pronounce 쉬어봐요 properly. Is it swi-eo-bwa-yo or sweo-bwa-yo? I heard “sweo-bwa-yo” in a korean song. Can you help me please? Sorry if it’s basic question, I’m a new learner. Thank you!

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      The former one is technically right but if you pronounce the word faster, it would sound more similar to sweo-bwa-yo. 🙂

  8. Velencia Beedah,

    I enjoyed this course as it has not given me a better understanding of the syllables and how to use them. Reading is now easier.

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      Thank you for taking this course! We hope you find the next step of learning Korean more interesting and enjoyable!

  9. Suely,

    Hello from Cabo Verde Islands (off the west coast of Africa)! For about a year or so, I was looking at various options to learn Korean – looked a bunch of random youtube videos. At first, I wasn’t sure where to start but after having done some research, it was clear that learning Hangeul first would be the best option. As my learning motivates have changed, I made the decision to gift myself a present last Christmas and bought my first set of books and also become a TTMIK member. I took this course first and I have since started the “Become a Hangeul Master” book. I’m enjoying my experience so far – it has been a very welcomed challenge in my life! I just realized today that I can download the certificate of completion for this course, but I am wondering, is it possible to include the student’s name in the certificate? The first name only shows up on the PDF file name.

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us!
      We are glad you enjoyed our courses and books.
      Currently, including the student’s name on the certificate is not possible. However, we will consider making this feature in the near future! Thank you for your understanding.

  10. Sylvie,

    I love this course. I am using it along with the “Become a Hangeul Master” book. My only suggestion would be to add captions and possibly speak a little slower when asking us to repeat/give a longer space of time. I have auditory processing issues so it’s difficult for me to hear something and immediately repeat it, especially without captions. Thank you so much for your hard work, I really appreciate your courses and you are a valuable resource for those of us who love languages.

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      Thank you so much for studying with us and leaving your feedback!

  11. Anthony Jackson,

    What an amazing course! I started out thinking this would take forever but I was pleasantly surprised by the time I got to Lesson 7 that I was able to sound out almost all of the loan words!

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      That’s awesome! You must’ve put a lot of effort in! Keep it up!💪

  12. Nadia Nicolai,

    I really liked this course, it’s fun and well-explained. I did it for review but I learned many things I didn’t know before. 감사합니다 🙂

    • Talk To Me In Korean,


  13. Amanda,

    How do I know which to use when it comes to similar sounds such as 아빠 (double consonant) and single consonant of the same sound?

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      When there are two words that have different spellings but sound the same, you can tell by the context. But when you are writing something, it would be confusing if you don’t know the correct spelling of it.

  14. Suzette King,

    I had already learned Hangul when I joined this course. So for me it was a refresher, although I found it a bit too fast to get things written down in time before the next clip. It might be a bit too fast if you are an absolute beginner. Would be useful to be able to download a PowerPoint so we can print and write notes. Also, it would be great if there was an interactive aspect to your lessons. Other than that I think its a great site!

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      Thank you so much for your feedback!☺️

  15. lafaffo,

    I cannot see these lessons, it always says “error 400 – bad request” 🙁
    Actually I know hangeul, but I choose the premium membership as a self christmas gift and now I want so see EVERYTHING because you are a so good teacher!! 🙂

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      We are sorry for the inconvenience!
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      Thank you for your patience!

    • Jessica Adams,

      I had to delete cookies for this specific site, and then it fixed for me finally. It didn’t work to delete them generally.

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      Sorry for the inconvenience. We are glad that it’s working now.
      If you have additional problems, please contact us at admin@talktomeinkorean.com.😊
      And what a perfect Christmas gift to give yourself!🎄 We wish you a happy new year❣️

    • lafaffo,

      Yeah! Today it goes!

  16. Karen Clemons,

    I am really enjoying this language journey. I hope to spend more time on the courses as I gain more confidence.

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      That’s so great! Keep it up! 감사합니다 🙂

  17. Shuhui Mok,

    Thank you to the team in TTMIK for coming out with these online courses!

    I learned Korean 8 years ago and gave up halfway when it started to get difficult. But I started picking it up again after I came across the free online courses by TTMIK. Honestly, just the free courses are pure gold! I can’t believe how much value the team is putting out there for free to people who want to learn the language 🙂

    After studying the free courses for 3 weeks, I know I’ve to reciprocate the team’s kindness by subscribing to the premium membership. And here I am! 🙂 I’m excited to learn from all the premium course content!

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      We are glad that you didn’t give up! We’ll keep trying our best to make more useful content!

  18. Marilyn,

    감사합니다. I have a much better understanding of Hangeul – pronunciation consonants & vowels. The lesson format is so easy to understand and follow. Extremely grateful for the time taken to build this lesson. Highly recommend to anyone just starting. I have more confidence.

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      Awesome! Now you’re ready to start your Korean learning journey!🚗

  19. Nicole Watchman,

    Completed this, lovely to have certificates.

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      Yay! Great job🙌 Thank you for the comment!

  20. Melody Taylor,

    감사합니다 !! I just completed this course!

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      That’s amazing! Thank you for studying Korean with us 🙂

  21. Marvin,

    I just finished this course and thank you very much, i’m more confident now to understand and read hangeul, it’s not perfect but it’s just only the begining 감사합니다 TTMIK <3

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      감사합니다! 🙂

  22. Zachary Gagné,

    I started to learn Korean again because of this lesson !!!

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      That’s great! 감사합니다 🙂

  23. sen sk,

    I love to learn here. Teachers has prepared lesson very nice to understand easily. Thank you so much.

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      감사합니다! 🙂

  24. sen sk,

    I love to learn here. Teachers has prepared lesson very nice to understand easily. Thank you so much.

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      감사합니다! 🙂

  25. Sharon Beattie,

    I found this course very enjoyable and it gave me confidence as I found it easy to pick up. Thank you so much.

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      Thank you for your feedback 😍