Modern Korean Short Stories : My Morning <나의 아침>

Welcome to the Korean Modern Short Story series. This is our first post. This is for learners who are familiar with reading and writing in Korean and are elementary level. 

In this post, you’ll get to read a short story in Korean for the elementary level. There is also an audio clip for you to listen to so you can listen and read along. You will see the English and the Korean translations. The English is not a literal translation of Korean but you’ll get the meaning of the texts. New Korean words are available. There are also questions following the short story so be sure to write them in the comments!

나의 아침 

나는 일찍 일어나요. 나는 아침이 좋아요. 아침은 조용해요. 나는 아침에 일기 쓰기를 좋아해요. 

오늘 아침 나는 보일러를 틀었어요. 봄이지만 아직 추워요. 이제 방이 따뜻해요.

매일 아침 나는 30분 동안 필라테스를 해요.  샤워를 하고 옷을 입어요. 

나는 버터 바른 빵, 과일 먹고 차를 마셔요.  나는 밥을 먹으면서 휴대폰을 봐요. 설거지를 하고 부엌을 청소해요. 

화장을 하고 출근해요. 지하철역 옆에 커피숍이 있어요. 나는 커피를 사서 지하철을 타요. 나는15분 정도 지하철을 타요. 나는 지하철에서 내려 언덕을 올라가요.


1) 일찍 일어나는 거 좋아하나요?

2) 아침 시간에 무엇을 하나요?

New Words

보일러 – n. boiler 

틀다 – v. turn on

필라테스 – n. Pilates

버터 바른 –  p. put butter on

화장 – n. makeup

언덕 – n. hill

My Morning 

I wake up very early before I go to work. I prefer the mornings. It is quiet and I like to write in my journal. 

This morning, I put on my ondol. It is spring but it is still cold. 

Every morning, I do Pilates stretches for 30 minutes. When I finish, I take a shower and get dressed. Now my apartment is warm. 

For breakfast, I have toast with butter, some fruit and a cup of tea. I check my phone while I eat. I wash the dishes and clean the kitchen. 

I put on my makeup and then go to work. There is a coffee shop next to the station. I buy a coffee and take the subway. The subway ride is only 15minutes. I get off the train and walk up the big hill.


Do you like waking up early?

What do you do in the morning?

Now it’s your turn! Leave your responses in the comments below!

1) 일찍 일어나는 거 좋아하나요?

2) 아침 시간에 무엇을 하나요?