Core Grammar Level 2

"Get a Solid Foundation of Your Korean!"

LevelLevel 2
Duration5.5 total hours
Lessons 31
Language English & Korean


Sample Lessons


Main topics of the Level 2 course:

  • Future tense, present progressive
  • Basic Korean particles
  • How to read time, date, and days in Korean
  • Self-introduction
  • How to say "can/cannot" and "have to/should/must" in Korean


Table of Contents

Average lesson length: 11 minutes

Lesson 1. Future Tense / -ㄹ/을 거예요, 할 거예요

Lesson 2. Object-marking Particles / -을, -를

Lesson 3. And, and then, therefore, so / 그리고, 그래서

Lesson 4. And, with / -하고, -(이)랑

Lesson 5. Days In A Week / 요일

Lesson 6. But, However / 그렇지만, 그런데

Lesson 7. “To” someone, “From” someone / 한테, 한테서

Lesson 8. Telling The Time

Lesson 9. Counters / 개, 명

Lesson 10. Present Progressive / -고 있어요

Lesson 11. Self-introduction / 자기소개

Lesson 12. What Is Today’s Date? / 날짜

Lesson 13. Too, Also / -도 (part 1)

Lesson 14. Too, Also / -도 / (part 2)

Lesson 15. Only / -만

Lesson 16. Very, A bit, Really, Not really, Not at all / 아주, 조금, 진짜, 별로, 전혀

Lesson 17. Can, Cannot / -ㄹ 수 있다/없다

Lesson 18. To be good/poor at … / 잘하다/못하다

Lesson 19. Making Verbs Into Nouns / -는 것

Lesson 20. Have to, Should, Must / -아/어/여야 되다/하다

Lesson 21. More.. than… / -보다 더

Lesson 22. To like / 좋다 vs. 좋아하다

Lesson 23. If, In case / 만약, -(으)면

Lesson 24. Still, Already / 아직, 벌써

Lesson 25. Something, Someday, Someone, Somewhere / 누군가, 무언가, 어딘가,언젠가

Lesson 26. Imperative / -(으)세요

Lesson 27. Please do it for me. / -아/어/여 주세요

Lesson 28. Particles For Method, Way / -(으)로

Lesson 29. More, All / 더, 다

Lesson 30. Don’t do it. / -지 마세요

Review What You’ve Learned in Level 2


What you can find in this course:

Lesson notes

Sample dialogues

Review quizzes

Review lesson


Why you'll LOVE our Core Grammar courses

  • All Levels Covered
    By simply following our curriculum that covers 10 levels, you can take your Korean skills from absolute beginner all the way up to advanced.

  • Short and Digestible Lessons
    Each lesson is bite-sized and easy to understand, as it focuses on one grammar point at a time and provides many example sentences.

  • Fun Story-based Reviews
    You can review the entire course through a fun story! The final lesson of each course features a fun story that allows you to review all the grammar and vocabulary introduced in the course.

  • Review Quizzes and Interactive Audio Lessons
    You can test your new knowledge through review quizzes and interactive audio lessons, where our teachers ask you questions, and you can respond and check where you need to improve.

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  1. Velencia Beedah,

    Hi everyone, I am on level 2 and need someone to study with me. If anyone is interested, please let me know.

    • Hollis,

      Hi I’m interested.
      I have been learning Korean for a month, and currently at level 2 too.

  2. Mariana Mtz. Montes de Oca,

    Hi everyone, how do I start level 3??!

  3. Deni,

    Hello! I really like this course but have one question about accessing the audio content. Is there a place I can play to the audio lessons automatically one after another? I used to do this using the playlist on Spotify while I drove to work, but I can’t navigate between lessons on the website while driving.

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      Novelia, it seems there was a brief error. Please try again, and if it still doesn’t work, please contact us at [email protected] !

    • novelia,

      Hi, I have the same issue. It is nice to have the compiled lessons but they do not continue playing the next lesson after the end of each lesson. I still have to play the next lesson manually. Is there a way to play them back to back automatically? Thanks!

    • Jessie,

      Thank you Deni and TTMIK, I had also been really wanting this feature so I can listen while walking! 🙂

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      At the end of each level, a lesson has been added that compiles all the audio files from every lesson!
      I hope this lesson will be helpful for Deni in her studies! 한국어 공부 파이팅! : )

  4. Yin ho Lam,

    I found the ending part of each lesson has been edited out. I really missed hearing Hyunwoo and Kyeongeun saying goodbye in every lesson (and the music as well).

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      We’ve edited the closing part to make the lesson more concise. Looks like you were a listener even during the podcast days!
      Thank you for loving TTMIK! : )

  5. Cora,

    Hi everyone!
    How long should I study korean for daily? I was learning a lesson a day five days out of the week but found that it was too much information and I couldn’t remember all of it. What are your studying routines and how long do you all study for?


    • Yanneke 김 양 순,

      I listen to every lesson a view times, then I read the book once and make all the excercises in the book and the workbook as well. But I also forget things…

  6. Cora,

    Any cost-free ideas on how to practice korean speaking when you are learning by yourself?

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      How about taking the Speak&Write course? : )

  7. Staale Brokvam,

    I’ve been learning Korean on my own for a few years using Duolingo, dramas, Youtube and podcasts (including you guys), but came to realise I need to be more systematic, so I signed up for the annual TTMIK subscription. The placement test suggested I start at level 4, but I figured I’d do the level 1-3 review course first to be on the safe side, and noticed a couple of gaps in my grammar at level 2 already, so that’s where I’m starting now to do things properly.

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      That’s a great approach! Thank you for studying with us. We’re sure you’ll continue to make progress in your Korean learning! 파이팅!

  8. Sean McManus,

    How do I listen to this in audio form?!

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      We apologize for not having that feature on our website at the moment. We’ll explore adding new features to enhance your learning experience with us in the future. We appreciate your support and patience!

    • Cora,

      Maybe go into soundcloud?

    • Sean McManus,

      Oh sorry I mean can I listen to a full playlist of the audio without having to go to each lesson?

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      I’m sorry for any inconvenience. Do you mean you can’t find the audio player in the lesson?

  9. Sam,

    Hello, in lesson 26 “Sample Dialogue”

    A: 서점에서 TTMIK 책 사 오세요.
    Why there’s 오 here? Can i just say “서점에서 TTMIK 책 사세요. ”

    A: 없으면 그냥 오세요.
    “없으면” why “으” is here?


    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      1) 오다 means “to come”. So, “책 사세요” just means “Buy books” but “책 사 오세요” can mean “Buy books and bring them with you”.
      2) When the verb stem ends with a consonant other than ㄹ, you attach -으면 at the end.

  10. Tuelay Kahraman,

    Hi TTMIK Team,

    regarding 한테, 한테서: is it interchangeable with 에게 / 에게서 ?

    Thank you in advance


    • Tuelay Kahraman,

      Oh, sorry, I just see, you already mentioned it.

  11. Tuelay Kahraman,

    Hi TTMIK Team,
    as far as I understood 하고 is especially used for linking nouns, e.g. when you order few items like, coffee, cake etc. and 그리고 more for longer sentences / linking phrases. You have given the following examples:

    커피, 빵, 그리고 물
    서울 그리고 부산
    런던 그리고 파리

    would it be better / more natural to therefore actually use

    커피, 빵, 하고 물
    서울 하고 부산
    런던 하고 파리

    or in more colloquial:
    커피, 빵이랑 물
    서울이랑 부산
    런던이랑 파리

    Thank you in advance!

  12. Madeleine,

    In lesson 1, when adding the future tense ending. How will you be able to tell the difference between 사다 and 살다, as it seems they both become 살 거예요?
    Thank you!

    • Dickey Choden Bhutia,

      I think by the context. Like 이거 살 거예요. and 여기서 살 거예요.

  13. Jeremy Ong,

    In lesson 14 of the sample dialogue, I don’t know what is the difference over here:
    (1)서점이에요. 그런데 책을 빌려주기도 해요
    (2) 서점이에요. 그런데 책을 빌리기도 해요

    • Nina,

      As far as I understand: 책을 빌려주기도 해요 = we also lend books. 책을 빌리기도 해요 = we also borrow books.
      빌려주다 seems to me to be a combination between 빌리다 (to borrow) and 주다 (to give).

  14. Simon,

    Thanks for the course.
    Could You check following sentence?
    If weather will be good tomorow, I will go swimming.
    만약 내일은 날씨가 좋아면, 저는 수연은 것을 갈 거예요.

    I guess You will find other mistakes too, but what I would also like to know is:
    – Can I use in Korean the same sentence structure as in English e.g. I will go swimming, I will go shopping. Thats why I used form: 수연은 것을 갈 거예요.
    – For the same part as above, should I treat whole part “수연은 것” as object and therefore use object marking particle 을 after 것. Is that correct?

    Thanks for your help.

    • Noémie Briat,

      수영을 갈 거에요 is right phrase!

  15. Janna,

    Hi! Since the switch to the Core Grammar Course I can’t open the chapters anymore. It always says “error 404” :/ Is that a problem on your side or does my account doesn’t work right? Other courses I can still open. Thank you for your help and best wishes.

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      감사합니다! 🙂

    • Janna,

      Thank you for the quick help. Deleting the browser cookies actually helped 🙂 정말 감사합니다!

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      We are sorry for the inconvenience.
      It seems there is an issue with loading the page, and the solutions below will fix the issue.

      -Delete browser cookies and try again
      -Clear your browser cache and try again
      -Using incognito mode in Chrome
      -Try again from another browser and/or device

      If you still cannot watch the lessons, please write to us with your sign-in email address, browser information, and device information. Then we will do our best to assist you. Thank you for your patience. 감사합니다!

  16. Meera,

    Hi! I have a question 🙋‍♀️ For present progressives, can I use -고 with any other ending besides 있어요? For example ‘공부고 할거야’ instead of ‘공부고 있어요’ ?

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      When it comes to the present progressive tense, you’ll need to include “있어요,” not just “-고.” So the correct form would be “-고 있어요.” If you want to convey additional meanings, you can attach another ending after “있,” which is the verb stem of “있어요.”
      – 공부하고 있어요. (I’m studying.)
      – 공부하고 있었어요. (I was studying.)
      – 공부하고 있을 거예요. (I’ll be studying.)

  17. ray,

    Yeah started studying Korean with TTMIK about 6 years ago but only lasted about 4 months beffore I stopped. I didn’t even finish level 2 back then but I just finished level 2 after about a month of studying and am really excited for level 3. I was surprised how much I still actually rememebered but I still have a long way to go before I’ll be able to even have a basic conversation in Korean. I am starting to understand kdrama better though. TTMIK 감사합니다. 저는 TTMIK에 진짜 좋아고 TTMIK으로 한국어 공부하는 거 너무 재미있어요. (please let me know if I got that correct?)

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      Thank you for your comment! Your sentence is almost perfect👍
      “TTMIK 감사합니다. 저는 TTMIK을 진짜 좋아하고 TTMIK으로 한국어 공부하는 거 너무 재미있어요.”

  18. Lionel,

    Hi, I have a question about the sample sentence “저는 매일 아침 9시까지 출근해요.”
    Why is it 까지 here, and not 까지 ? (I’m going to work from 9…)

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      Could you please let us know in which lesson you found the example sentence?
      “저는 매일 아침 9시까지 출근해요.” means “I get to work BY 9 every morning.” (Lesson 8)

  19. Bekay1203,

    OMG I just finished book 2 and I couldn’t be happier. Absolutely euphoric right now, ngl. Do I understand my favourite k-pop stars already? No. Am I getting better at it? Yes, there’s moments where I understand more than 안녕ㅇㅇㅇ. 감사합니다 TTMIK 선생님, 저는 정말 행복해요!!!

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      Yesss! We’re happy to read your comment too! We hope your Korean improve a lot so that you can understand your favorite K-pop stars talk. 감사합니다!😊

  20. sandhya iyer,

    요즘 공부하는 것은 한국어예요. In this sample sentence, why are we using 은 particle with 것 as in 것은?

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      -은 is attached to the subject 요즘 공부하는 것 to set the topic.

      (요즘) 공부하는 것 = the thing one is studying (these days)
      요즘 공부하는 것은 한국어예요.
      = As for the thing that I’m studying these days, it’s Korean. / What I’m studying these days is Korean.

  21. Joel Ooi,

    I have issues completing the quiz because the website keeps glitching. I have had to redo the quiz countless times and it is somewhat frustrating. This problem hinders my learning progress. Please look into it. 제발~ 도와주세요

    • Marilyn,

      Joel, I’ve noticed if I don’t sign in each day, I too have glitching problems with the testing only. Try that….if you haven’t already.

  22. Beyza Sahin,

    Hello, I just finished the first lesson of level 2. If anyone wants to study together add me on insta: @beysluv
    Also, if you’re planning to go to SK or you’ve been there add me!!! ^-^

  23. Stephanie,

    I just completed Level 2 today and it feels great!
    I have been studying with other resources for about 1,5 years now, so going through Level 1 and 2 on TTMIK was actually not that hard considering grammar comprehension, reading and writing. I lack listening and speaking practice though, so I was really scared of the dialogue in the Level 2 revision. I thought I wouldn`t understand anything. Luckily, that wasn`t the case and after 2 times hearing it, I had a very good idea of the spoken content. I really like that every lesson has a dialogue part and the amount of new information in each lesson is perfect. Can`t wait to go through level 3! 🙂 Thank you so much for these courses and keep up the great work! TTMIK is an incredibly valuable source for self-study learners. <3

  24. Taylor Hiles,

    I just completed level 2!
    I have learned so much through TTMIK! I originally started learning Korean through Duolingo, and although it is good for vocabulary, I found out quickly that grammar was not explained at all. After some research, I ended up here! I am glad I did, too 🙂
    I feel as though I can read and write much better than I can speak. I am able to pick the words off of the pages pretty well and can use context clues if I do not know a word. However, I have a much more difficult time recalling what I know when I try to speak it. Does anyone else have this problem?!
    I wish I had someone to speak it with so I could practice!

    • Anne,

      Same! At some point, I can read and write Korean. I kinda start to understand a few words when reading Korean IG captions or pick up common phrases/words when watching kdrama or listening kpop but definitely need more practice specially with speaking.

    • Lilly,

      Hey I actually have started only 1 level but I took the quiz twice and got level 3. Should I do the level 3 first or level 3

    • Yoonzino_95,

      Hey guys! I am looking for a study buddy 🥺🥺. Preferably people aged 22-28 . Please, if you are interested respond to this thanks.

    • Rishabh,


    • Charu Bhagat,


    • Anne,

      Still looking for a study buddy? 🥺

    • Kailey Le,

      hi we can be study buddies here is my kakaotalk @teasung48

    • Ashu purja,

      I also want study buddy😿

    • may luther,

      wanna be study buddies

    • Awa Camara,

      Hey, I am interested

    • Huh Rini,

      Hey, I am there.

    • Yoonzino_95,

      Hi. Where should I contact you ?

    • John,

      I know I share that problem — my reading vocabulary is much better than my recall. My verbal understanding is also poor — I think that is due to little real practice/use and simple processing — I cannot translate nearly as fast as even a slow talker will speak (and where do you find a slow speaking Korean outside these lessons!). The other challenge I face is word recognition as the correct pronounciation of the words is often different from what I think. Add the grammar to the speech and if I missed a queue I’m lost for the rest of the statement.

      If you’ve not heard of it – and in no way am I suggesting this as some alternative to TTMIK — has a lot of Korean learners and a lot of both professional teachers and community teacher and just native speakers that will help with verbal skill development. You can probably also look into to see if there are any Korean based groups in your area. I know where I live there as some and some of the local Koreans will show up to help both with cultural exchange and language exchange.

    • isobadlywanttolearnkorean,

      I’m also very interested in having a practice buddy! If anyone is interested, please reply to this so we can hopefully work something out. I hope my age (14) won’t bother you or make you uncomfortable and I hope I would be able to find a legit and trustworthy practice buddy. Thank you so much!

    • Sasha G,

      Hi! I’m also 14 and have been learning Korean for almost a year! I would love it if we could be study buddies!

    • Sasha G,

      My inst is @s_amelia711

    • Soumita Tapaswi,

      I am ready to be your study buddy!

    • Anne,

      Badly need a practice buddy too! 🥺 Let me know where I can reach you.

    • ajah wallace,

      hi if you are still looking for a study buddy you can message me on kkt @helloajah

    • @Anna_Rod,

      ¡Hola! Tengo la misma edad y me interesa

    • Maryam Gadzama,

      yeah im down

    • Shadiya P,

      Helloo.. Umm.. I’m 14 too, and I’m halfway through level 2. So I guess we can help each other??

    • Céline Hugues,

      I’m 14 as well, and I want to study with someone so badly 😩 I’m around level 7 if you’re interested text me on instagram @celines_art_or_sum or @cline.hugs :))

    • Briana,

      Hi I would like to study with you I’m 13 and im jn level 2 😭😭😭

    • Blandina,

      I’m 13 too and I am finishing level 2, I would like someone to practice you can write me on insta @blandinac21 😊

    • Aayush Jaiswal,

      Yeah i am 14 too we can practice

    • Fatma Maged,

      Hey Iam interested and Ian 15 but I don’t have Kakao talk so can we contact over instagram please send me name

    • Aliyah Smith,

      We could if possible by email!!

    • Jacoba Verbeke,

      Hi!! I’m also 14 and learning Korean since August 2021 but because of school I didn’t have that much progress. Would you like me to make a discord group for Korean study buddies?

    • Kailey Le,


    • jangmi22,


    • carismalool,

      Yes!! I’m 14 too I’d be more then happy to be your partner buddy!

    • Special's channel,

      hi im 13 years old and i started fully on may 31 learning Korean do you want to be my study buddy? if so reply yes and ill give you my insta

    • nura,


    • Briana,


    • timur ♡,


    • Soumya,


    • carismalool,


    • Special's channel,

      hi im 13 years old and i started fully on may 31 learning Korean do you want to be my study buddy? if so reply yes and ill give you my insta

    • Nahiera Hall,


    • Shreya Bharti,

      Yes I want

    • Ruby,

      Im 13 and I would love to be your study buddy.

    • Soren Hansen,

      Hey, I’m 15 (just barely) and I’m around the level two knowledge, so I’d love to be your practice buddy! I’m also struggling with real experience, so I look forward to an answer!

    • Kortney,

      I’m 14 Do you want to be my study buddy?

    • Mustafa Aftab,

      I’m 13 and I wanna

    • khloeyminott,

      I’m 14 too!

    • Sue Jin Park,

      Hi Taylor, I’d love to be your speaking buddy if you’d like to exchange contact info! I just finished lvl 2 as well.

    • Shania Shrieves,

      hey can we be partners?
      my insta is: _shaniaaa_

    • fatimadanyadado,


    • Tess,

      Looking for a study partner who is roughly around Level 2, practice sessions at least 2X per week, we state study goals at the start of the week and then check with each other how we’re doing on them throughout the week. Would prefer a study partner age 16 – 21, please dm on Instagram if interested. @yoongismile_ot7

    • Oluwatoyin Salako,

      Am interested

    • zammie,

      Meeeeee we could practice Should I create a group

    • Agent Maki,

      안녕하세요! I also finished level 2 today 🙂 and I encounter the same problem as you… I can’t really talk in korean because it’s still difficult to find the words.. I think it’s a common problem, for every language learners, so don’t beat yourself up !
      Also, I was reading the comments and I found a lot of people wanting to find study partners. I have never tried it, I wonder if it works.. any feedback ? (English is also not my native language, I’m French)

    • Tess,

      If you find one with similar goals as you then yes, it works amazingly.

  25. 444.gxk,

    언녕! Im finally on lvl 2

    • Yajandra Martínez,

      Hiii I’m also on lvl 2 and I want a study partner. Does anyone want to be mine ?