How to read and write Hangeul (Part 1)


Hello everyone! How are you doing? If you have been studying with us through Level 1, now it’s time to learn to read and write Hangeul! The reason that we didn’t start by introducing the Korean writing system from the beginning of Level 1 is because we believe that being able to understand and speak some Korean is more important than having to learn the Korean alphabet without knowing any expressions to use in real life. The video series consists of 5 videos, and in Part 1, we are introducing the letters, ㄱ, ㄴ, ㄷ, ㅁ, ㅇ, ㅏ, ㅗ, ㅜ, and ㅣ.

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  • hi
    how can i download this????????
    감사 합 니다

    • This lesson doesn’t include attched file so you can’t download the video from this post. If you use Firefox, you can download a plugin which can download Youtube video, and then you can download it.

  • Haha, I love 진석진씨 being so cool on his motorcycle. “Oh… were you looking at… 미???” 😀

    The funny thing is I studied Korean informally for four years, and no one ever explained that you should put your tongue between both sets of teeth when forming the ㄷ and ㅁ sounds. Not sure if any of the books explain that or not, but that’s a strange gap! Thank you, as always. : )

    • Hi Kate,
      It is correct to put your tongue between both set of teeth when you say ㄷ, but we don’t do that when we say ㅁ. It is bilabial sound.
      Thanks for your comment!

  • Michala


    First of all, thank you so much for these lessons! Don’t know what I’d do without them!
    I can’t seem to find the PDF’s for these hangeul lessons. Can you direct me to them?

    Again, thank you for a great website!

    • I am sorry. We didn’t make PDF for this video lesson, and we are planning to make new version of “How to read and write Hangeul”.

      It is takind long time but I hope you to wait for it.

  • anan

    Hey,I am a beginner here,try to cover this lesson,but in China the youtube is prohibited.Just let you know this information,hope can help other Chinese followers here like me.^^.Thanks you all for the amazing job you made,I will see what can I do for you guys 🙂

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  • Hafsa

    Hi TTMIK!! thank you so much for these lessons 🙂

    • Seokjin Jin

      Thanks for enjoying the lessons. 🙂

  • Priya kannan

    Hello… i’m a beginner here from India. thank you so much for a wonderful lesson. i don’t even know even one letter in Korean. thanks to you i have learnt few letters here today . TTMIK teachers you are doing great ^-^.

    • Seokjin Jin

      Thanks for your comment. Hangeul is very easy to learn so I hope you master Hangeul with us. 🙂

  • Stephanie Steffizle Eichas

    this has helped me sooo much, thank you:)

  • eloisa marie c. magtang

    annyong .. im eloisa .. but u can call me eloi… i want to learn korean languages .. though i know the basics .. i still want to learn more .. the harder or difficult one.. and also i want to learn how to write the korean hangul … argh.. i find this so difficult ah …
    umpf.. by the way im from philippines

  • Adlah Mae G. Dominguez

    Hello 🙂 I’m also a beginner here! I’m also interested to learn how to write and speak haengul . This part 1 helps me a lot . How can I watch the part 2? I hope you can help me . I’m Mae from Philippines .

  • Adrian L.

    What is the point of articulation for all of the consonants found within the Korean language? Do you have any information on Korean linguistics, pronunciation, or phonology? Do you happen to have any diagrams that illustrate the correct and proper tongue positions when articulating the Korean Consonants? If anyone could help me obtain any information concerning Korean Linguistics, primarily Korean Phonology, I would greatly appreciate it. The reason that I have decided to ask these queries is principally due to the fact that I would like to be able to produce these sounds as well as a native speaker but also because there is virtually no academic textbooks written on the subject of Korean linguistics in the English language.

    • Dannielle

      are you still looking for these things? i am currently a student in korea studying korean and have been taught level 1 which i have obtained all the correct pronunciations using charts.

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  • Roya

    Hello, I am a bit confused. I know how to pronounce the letters but if I were to read a piece of hangul I wouldn’t know what it meant in English as I only know how to pronounce it. So what does each letter mean in English? x

    • Jenni4

      I don’t think each letter has a meaning just like in the English alphabet, each letter does not have its own meaning

    • yujeong

      Hellow! My name is yujeong im korean! 🙂 i cant english very well…:( but i want help you!!!
      Dont try to lead the hangul in each letter. in the hangul Each letter is meaningless. Together each letter arises and then only to meanings.
      For example ‘가방’ in english mean ‘the bag’
      In this word each letters 가 and 방 is dont have meaning. 가and 방 is have to together 가방 is right word. And have the meaning the ‘bag_

  • geethu

    hello!!!!!! where i can find the part 3 video 🙂 🙂

  • geethu

    hello!!!!!! you guys are doing awesome!!!!!!!!!! i salute you for your work 🙂 and i cant find the part 3 video ! where i can get the part three video???

    • Seokjin Jin

      I am sorry. I didn’t make the part 3. It took a lot of effort and time to make the video so we decided to make a book called “Hangeul Master”.

    • geethu

      where i can purchase the book ? 🙂

  • Jisel Merjudio

    I can read but I don’t understand it.. :3 I don’t know “gamsahamida” became “thank you” in English .. :3 so the k/g sound is “T” in english?? :3 T_T

    • ashlynn

      this is what i was told, forget what you learn in English, it wont make it easier to understand as Koreans have different rules, it will make it harder on you. work on learning the sounds, and if you are doing Hangul try not to translate to English as it can also make it harder to understand. focus on placements and sounds eventually your brain starts connecting our English words with Hangul ones. soon you will be chattering up a storm. FIGHTING!!

  • Magar Hunter

    Hi i am from nepal and currently working in korea , busan. Thanks to ttmik team . I know how to read and write korean but eveytime i read i’m confused is with grammar thing . I am confused in 을, 를, 이, 가, 은, 는 and so on. Although i read this part again and again to understand but i’m still unclear. . For example is it 가방이 or 가방을. I hope you understood my question. Thanks for your help

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  • ExpatInKorea

    Pretty nice 🙂 thanks for this! Another cool game i found very good to learn hangul is on this website:

  • Julius Laurent

    what a great website !! really interesting to learn korean language, the quiz make me eager haha

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  • Alex Otaku

    Hangul is startlingly similar to Devanagri, the script for Sankrit, HIndi and many other Northern Indian languages.