Reading Comprehension: Easy Korean Reading For Beginners

Target level

TTMIK Levels 2-4

What can you achieve through this course?

  • Improve your Korean reading comprehension
  • Pick up key vocabulary words and expressions
  • Understand cultural aspects behind the passages
  • Apprehend various Korean sentence structures
  • Enhance your Korean pronunciation and gain pronunciation tips

Trailer + Sample lesson




Course language


What can you find inside the course?

  • 30 lessons
  • Lesson notes

Customer reviews

"I'm a sucker for language learning materials and have spent a lot of money on them. Most books sit gathering dust as I soon tire of them. NOT the case with any of the books I've ordered from TTMIK and though I usually shy away from reading early days, I was very happy to find this one with audio files. Watching the video and listening to the audio has given me the courage to face the words! And I actually can feel myself recognizing the printed word. Noticing this progress (it used to take me ages just to sound out the letters) is great motivation to continue. These materials are just the best!"

Barbara B.

"excellent explanation of each of the stories and also various ways to say things. I want to partly include a review for the book as I think it's an excellent resource and if you were to make another one that is a bit higher level with the same variety that the reading book brings I would buy day 1. I hope for there to be more books like this and I wholeheartedly recommend this video series and book. although for the next book it would be better to not have the repeat section but just slightly longer stories followed by the vocabulary or culture notes. Also let 박주연 do the narration."

Alex V.

Table of contents

  1. 요리 cooking
  2. 영화 Movies
  3. 병원 Hospitals and Clinics
  4. 영화관 Movie Theaters
  5. 잠 Sleeping
  6. 편의점 Convenience Stores
  7. 쇼핑몰 Shopping Malls
  8. 버스 Buses
  9. 서점 Bookstores
  10. 동물원 The Zoo
  11. 캠핑 Camping
  12. 아침 시간 In the Morning
  13. 택배 Deliveries
  14. 안내 Information
  15. 회식 Company Dinners
  16. 생일 Birthdays
  17. 안내방송 Announcements
  18. 초대 Invitations
  19. 화장품 Makeup
  20. 편지 Letters
  21. 가을 Autumn
  22. 치매 Dementia
  23. 취미 Hobbies
  24. 소개 Introductions
  25. 반려동물 Pets
  26. 택시 Taxis
  27. 야식 Late-night Snacks
  28. 동호회 Clubs
  29. 핸드폰 Cell phones
  30. 냉장고 Refrigerators

This course is exclusively available to subscribers.

Join now to begin your Korean learning journey!


  1. SoshiPeach,

    At first, I was a bit sceptical about buying a subscription (being a uni student with bills to pay = broke). I’ve mainly used your grammar lessons when they were free as more of an “additional” source to another input. But oh my god the content you have!! Any scepticism is gone and I can already feel myself improving each lesson. I’m currently reviewing levels 1-3 with your online courses and the quizzes, example sentences – everything is amazing!! I can’t wait to start with this course to improve my reading skills. Thank you, truly, for all your hard work.

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      Wow… thank you for your wonderful feedback!😊 We’re so excited to hear that you are already experiencing improvements in your Korean skills and your initial doubts have been resolved! Your sincere comment means a lot to us. Thank you for choosing us as your learning companion, and we wish you all the best in your studies!❤️ 감사합니다!

  2. Maria,

    I bought the book to follow along with the lessons and I am loving it so far. I try to shadow you without having to slow it down. My neighbor and I exchange language lessons. She helps me with Korean and I help her with English. I think the structure of this book works well for both of us to demonstrate and actual conversation in both languages. Thank you for all your hard work. 저는 한국어를 좋아하고 진짜 재미있어요!

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      Thank you for the comment! You even bought our book!📘 We’re happy that you have a perfect neighbor to exchange language lessons. 정말 감사합니다!

  3. Malena Lucero,

    This course is really useful. I also got the book and having the videos makes everything a lot easier to understand. I don’t know, however, who thought about adding dementia as a topic. It can be triggering for some people (it is for me). I just ignored that lesson but I do wonder who thought about adding it among light topics like make-up and pets.

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      We appreciate your feedback and we apologize for any distress caused by the topic. We understand that it can be a difficult topic for some people. In the future, we will be more mindful of our lesson topics. Thank you again for your feedback.

  4. Stephanie,

    This is definitely one of my favourite courses of TTMIK. Before I took the online lessons I studied with the physical copy of the book and read the stories one by one by myself. I love that there are hints in the texts about how a word is actually pronounced or how words are connected to each other. The breakdown of the sentences in the video lessons is perfect – so many structures and grammatical aspects in context is really valuable for gaining a better understanding of the language. I also used Anki to study the relevant words (there is even a pre-made deck for this book. Is this yours by any chance? 🙂 ) All in all, this book + course gave me a huge boost in my reading skills and vocabulary. Thank you so much!

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      Thank you for sharing your opinion!
      We truly appreciate your honest feedback.

      Regarding the deck, we did not share the deck on the platform that you’ve mentioned.

  5. Betina,

    This course is great!! The way each sentence is explained helped me understand the language so much better. It helps learning reading, pronunciation, vocabulary, verb conjugation, even cultural tips. If you can please do more of this type of lessons! 감사합니다!

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      Thank you! ☺️

  6. Camilla Danaher,

    I’m really glad I found this course! I have the book and had a lot of questions, and so far these lessons are answering them all and making it much easier to study with! Thank you! ^^

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      감사합니다! 🙂

  7. Lisa Marks,

    This is my favorite course. It is so hard to find reading materials that are at a beginner to intermediate level. I have the paper book as well as the electronic book. I like to take notes in the paper book and make flash cards with vocabulary on the electronic version with the Kindle app. I would love to have more reading materials at this level. I have the News in Korean book, but it is still a little too hard for me.

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      Thank you for your honest feedback! We hope you continue to enjoy studying Korean with us.

  8. JigSawPsycho,

    지금 저는 이 강좌를 하고 있는데 페이지가 ‘This section is only available to premium members’를 말하고 있어요. 그런데 저는 버험료 있어요. 도와주세요. Love your courses by the way, I have ordered the majority of your books and they are truly brilliant 😀

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      불편을 드려 죄송합니다.
      일시적인 오류로 해당 메시지가 뜨는 것으로 확인되는데, 빠른 시일 내에 수정하도록 하겠습니다.
      Please feel free to study with the course as you can still access the course even if the message appears.
      Thank you so much for your lovely feedback!

  9. Ian Paul B. Saligumba,

    Just finished this lesson today! I am so happy that my reading ability has improved a lot as compared to before. However, I still could not memorize all the guides in the changes in pronunciation whenever consonants are next to each other. Nevertheless, I can already read short paragraphs and answer simple reading comprehension questions like the ones given in Sejong Hakdang.

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      🙂 We believe in you!

  10. Elliot,

    A really useful course – thank you so much!
    I’ve been studying Korean for 4 years and I still struggled with 1 or 2 of these lessons such as the Dementia one, which is a bit demoralising considering it is a beginner course!

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      We believe in you! Thanks for studying Korean with us. 🙂

  11. Maria Nowicka,

    I have a question about Lesson 23 (취미). In sentence ‘등산을 시작한 지 5년 정도 되었어요’ why is 되었어요 being used instead of 됐어요? I thought the regular conjugation of 되다 is 돼요, hence 됐어요. Can anyone help me solve this puzzle? Is 됐어요 used at all? Help would be greatly appreciated! :)))

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      됐어요 is an abbreviation form of 되었어요.
      되다+ -어요.= 되어요.
      Thus, it becomes 됐어요/되었어요.
      Both 됐어요 and 되었어요 are correct. However, 되었어요 is more commonly used in written texts than 됐어요.
      Thank you for studying Korean with us!

  12. ,

    This is one of my favorite courses. I enjoyed reading the stories in the book and then trying to figure things out myself. I thought this was going to simply be a reading of the stories similartotheaudio files. But the way the story is broken down makes this course so valuable. I really began to see how the words and sentences all fit together which kept me from taking what I understood on my own and then comparing it to the translation. I learned and didn’t just translate. Plus there were a lot of a lot of additional context that was brought in during the breakdown that helped me to understand why certain words or patterns were used that was much more natural than what I might have come up with on my own. I really loved this style of teaching.

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts. 🙂 Thank you for studying with us!

  13. Brenda Avila,

    I loooove these explanations! I wish they were longer, but maybe I haven’t seen other books and their explanations. Once I am done with this one, I will get a new book and see what other types of explanations there are. By the way, it would be nice to have a comment section for each story. 선생님들, 진짜 감사합니다! 이 책을 너무 좋아해요!

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      Thank you for your words! 즐겁게 공부해요. 🙂

  14. euryale,

    This has been one of my favorite courses so far, and I’m so glad I have the book! I wish I had started working through it as soon as I started Level 1. This is a great companion to the core grammar lessons; it improves your reading and listening comprehension and teaches lots of useful vocabulary. Learning new vocabulary in context, and especially with illustrations, is super helpful.

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      It’s never too late! Thank you for your lovely comment 🙂 Enjoy studying with us!

  15. Hajnalka,

    I am restarting my Korean language studies after a few years-long break. I found this course extremely useful and easy to digest. Helps me get back. I really love TTMIK 🙂 Many thanks for the effort invested and keep going guys!

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      Many thanks! 😘 We are so happy to study Korean with you again. 한국어 공부 화이팅! ^^ 🎈

  16. Andrew,

    This is one of my favorite lessons. The readings are short and use a lot of the most popular and useful Korean words. The explanations are really good. I read these during my free time. Please make more!

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      Thank you for your valued review. 🙂 We will keep making this kind of course! 🧡

  17. 아멜리에,

    Reading comprehension is a powerful language learning tool that lets you test your own understanding, practice recognising grammar and vocabulary in context, and lets a power of a narrative drive you through a text longer than two or three sample sentences. For anyone who have gained a beginner grasp on Korean grammar and vocabulary, I really recommend challenging yourself with this course.

    The course includes various texts expressing different situations, which makes sure you encounter both casual and very formal Korean. 현우 breaks down the vocabulary and sentences effectively for you, and I had to pace myself so I didn’t watch the entire course in a day.

    If you’re considering studying this course, I have some tips I’ve learned (as I am a ESL learner and language teacher myself) to make the most of your reading comprehension:
    1. Read the text (under the video) a couple of times by yourself WITHOUT looking at the translation.

    2. Use a notebook and write down the text with spaces between each line (for notes). Make note of the words you know or recognise, and the ones you don’t. Can you guess what the unknown vocabulary might be? What do you think the text is about?

    3. Play the video and follow along as 현우 breaks down the text, pronunciations, etc. Pause often, underline and write the translations of the new vocabulary words as you learn them, make small notes on grammar point you don’t know yet. Write extra vocabulary in you notebook margin. (Coloured pens are your best friends!) Now you’re really studying the text!

    4. Listen to 현우 reread the text, and practice your pronunciation.

    5. Come back to the text later (the next day, so that your brain may process the new information as you sleep) and read the text again.

    I finished this course without the book, which made me really want to read more texts like this. I’m putting it on my list of books I want to buy! I am looking forward to more reading comprehension courses. To the teachers at TTMIK, thank you so very much!

    이 비디오 강좌와 책에 정말 감사합니다. 저는 많이 배우고 즐거웠어요. 비슷한 비디오 강좌를 추천해 주시겠어요? 감사합니다.

    • Janee,


    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      Thank you so much for your tips ! 🙂 They’re so impressive that all learners can better understand each lesson.
      I’d recommend this video course : that is for beginners and helps learners understand the basic structures of Korean sentences. I’m sure you’ll learn a lot from the course ^^ Happy studying ~!

    • Asmaa,

      Thank you so much for the Tips.

  18. Zell Cariaga,

    Lesson 2 영화

    Hi!! TTMIK
    Based on my understanding “원래” (I’m originally like this/I’m usually like this) meaning will change depending on the verb if it is positive or negative

    나 원래 이런 사람 아니야 ->I’m not really this kind of person ( I remember this lyrics in 10cm song Tonight, I am afraid of the dark) :)))

    아.. 저는 정말 한국어를 열심히 공부하는데
    단어가 너무 많아서 아직 500-1000 정도 만 암기했어요 T_T

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      500-1000개 단어를 암기한 것도 정말 대단해요 ! 🙂 ‘원래’ 라는 단어는 긍정적(positive), 부정적(negative) 상황에서 다 쓸 수 있어요. 한국어 공부 계속 화이팅이에요 ! ^^

  19. Jeff Chen,

    May I ask where I can download the PDF document?

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      This course doesn’t have any PDF documents on it. If there’s a course including a PDF file, you can see it at the bottom of each page. Hope this helps. 🙂 Happy studying

    • Jeff Chen,

      Okay, thank you.

  20. Taetae,

    저는 TTMIK 이랑 한국어 공부하는 것을 좋아해요. 감사합니다! ^^

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      TTMIK도 Taetae님과 한국어 공부하는 것이 좋아요 🙂 감사합니다 ! ^^

  21. PolinaNesterova,

    저는 어릴 때 활동 적인 성격이라를 있었어요. 주로 자연여행으로 갔어요. 한지방에 빠른 달리러 배웠어요. 곰🧸 빠른 달려고 때문에 활동적인 성격이라를 있어야 돼요.
    경치가🌄 아름다웠어요. 그곳으로 가면 기분이🥰 좋아요. 숲🌳🌳 근처에 이사하고 싶어요. 자연여행을 항상 기대했어요

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      맞아요. 숲에 가면 공기도 맑고 새소리도 들을 수 있어서 정말 좋아요!🌳

  22. PolinaNesterova,

    케이 팝은 인기가 정말 많아요. 케이팝 듣는 것을 시작한지 3년 정도 되었어요.처음에는 여동생과 함께 음악을 들었어요. 나중에 주로 혼자 해요. 한국 음악이 고품질은고 영상은 진짜 좋은.

  23. Festré Yvan,

    What Erica Wai Cheung said here below is exactely true. After reading the book, the video course brings you a step forward.
    현우 씨 선생님 정말 감사합니다 .

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      Thank you for your review! 감사합니다! 🙂

  24. Alec,

    I finally bought a premium membership after watching a video from this course on your youtube channel. And this course alone was worth it!
    Everything is well explained and the format is really convenient, making it a fun learning experience. Thank you for your work!

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      Thank you for learning Korean with us!

  25. Bella Zafesova,

    Hi. I’m from Russia, English is my 3rd language( I’m Circassian) and I’m not like in highest level in it. But every single thing that u guys made its really easy to understand even for people like me. Thank so much!
    Before I get to know that ur site exist I tried to learn Korean with Russian content. In books were just so many mistakes. Most of the videos on YouTube were made without any structure or were bored coz it’s just an ad for language school. Then I tried “grammar in use” n it was kinda difficult for me bc of not enough knowledge of English.
    And also tnx for this update with pro membership stuff. B4 I only used free content (couple of times bought ebooks only)and never thought to buy video courses etc. coz u know how low russian rub to dollars + I’m just a student. So I’m really happy with this new things.
    Now I can practice English, while learning Korean. What can be better?

    • Talk To Me In Korean,

      Thank you for studying with us 🙂 We will do our best for our learners! If you have any questions, please let us know.