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Short Korean Stories For Learning Grammar and Vocabulary Words

Updated: Oct 10, 2023

안녕하세요 여러분! Koreanstudyjunkie입니다. Today's post is a Korean reading and listening practice about a short Korean story. The story has 2 point of views of the same person. I have the vocabulary and grammar broken down as well!

[BEFORE YOU START..] I wanted to add that this is not meant for you to listen and read and fully understand everything the FIRST TIME ever that you hear it or read it. Most likely there will be words and grammar that you don’t know YET and it’s designed to help you learn them through context. So I encourage you to use the list of grammar and vocab below these stories and go through the story at least 3 times. Of course, each person is different and some people will come in knowing more words, phrases, and grammar than others. A smaller percentage of people looking at this may know everything the first time through.

STORY POV 1: 수지는 아침을 만들어요

수지는 아침 내내 아침 식사를 만들려고 했어요.

그녀의 아들과 남편도 아침 식사를 기다리고 있었어요.

수지는 냉장고 안을 살펴봤어요.

하지만 음식이 별로 없었어요.

수지 눈에 달걀, 장조림, 감치가 보였어요.

그래서 그녀는 달걀 프라이를 만들기로 했어요.

그녀는 달궈진 프라이팬에 기름을 둘렀어요.

그리고 달걀을 깨트려서 프라이팬에 떨어뜨렸어요.

그녀는 본인과 남편이 마실 보리차를 만들었어요.

그녀의 아들은 대신에 오렌지 주스를 마셨어요.

STORY POV 2: 저는 아침을 만들어요

저는 아침 내내 아침 식사를 만들려고 했어요.

아들과 남편도 아침 식사를 기다리고 있어요.

냉장고 안을 살펴봤어요.

하지만 음식이 별로 없어요.

제 눈에 달걀, 장조림, 김치가 보였어요.

그래서 달걀 프라이를 만들기로 했어요.

달궈진 프라이팬에 기름을 두르고 있어요.

그리고 달걀 깨트려서 프라이팬에 떨어뜨려요.

저와 남편이 마실 보리차도 만들고 있어요.

아들은 대신에 오렌지 주스를 마시고 있어요.

Listen to each story HERE!


아침 - morning; breakfast

내내 - throughout

식사 - meal

만들다 - to make

(으)려고 하다 - plan to, intend to

그녀 - she

의 - equivalent to adding ‘s in English (possessive particle)

남편 - husband

아들 - son

도 - also; too

기다리다 - to wait

-고 있다 - adds -ing; currently doing Verb

-고 있었다 - WAS DOING Verb

냉장고 - refrigerator

안 - inside

살펴보다 - examine

별로 없다

달걀 - eggs

-기로 하다 - decide to do

장조림 - beef boiled in soy sauce

보이다 - to appear, be seen

달구다 - to heat, heat up

Adj-아/어지다 - to become Adj..

기름 - oil

두르다 - put something around

깨트리다 - to break

아/어/해서 - and

떨어뜨리다 - to drop

본인 - oneself

와/과 - and (formal)

(으)ㄹ 것 - verb modifies noun; future tense

보리차 - barley tea

마실 보리차 - Barely tea (one) will drink

대신에 - instead



1.) 수지는 무엇을 만들려고 했나요?

2.) 수지의 남편과 아들은 무엇을 기다리고 있었나요?

3.) 냉장고 안에 음식이 많이 있었나요?

4.) 수지 눈에 냉장고 안에 무엇이 보였나요?

5.) 수지는 무엇을 하기로 했나요?

6.) 다음에 수지는 무엇을 하고 있나요?

7.) 그 외에 어떤 것을 만들고 있나요?

8.) 수지의 아들은 보리차를 마시고 있나요?


The answers to the questions are revealed

in this video! Put your listening

skills to use to figure out what the answers are.



I took this story and the questions from LingQ! In the LingQ app they have reading and listening materials for all levels and among them are these short stories called “mini stories”.

These stories are designed to be very repetitive in order to help you learn the structure of the language, the sentence patterns, and the vocabulary words. I’ve been using them a lot in my tutoring sessions lately.

In LingQ, you can also click on the words to get a definition immediately - there you can also judge how well you know the word whether its new, familiar, or already known - and there is a review system built in.

This is not sponsored by the way! Although I do have a link HERE that you can use to try out Lingq. It’s a paid plaftorm, but you can get 100 free LingQs by using my link. If you do decide that you like it and decide to pay for a month subscription, I’ll get a small commission (about 20%) at no extra cost to you.

In my opinion, It’s extremely worth it. These days, I can’t imagine not having LingQ for my language studies, it’s just SO useful and you can use it for a ton of other languages.

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