Wanna Act Like Korean Cool Kids? Learn these Korean Slangs

Annyeonghaseyo chingudeul! Are you familiar with popular Korean slangs among teenagers lately? It sounds cool if you try to speak with slang, especially when you talk to buddies. We know that Korean language has some levels which are formal, informal or casual, and banmal. We use banmal commonly for daily conversation with friends, younger persons, or the closest ones in personal. Young generations also introduce Korean slangs and they even create the new slangs. It sounds cool for sure. Letโ€™s find out some Korean slangs so you can act cool like Korean cool kids!

1. ํ˜„์›ƒ (Hyeonut) โ€“ Korean Slangs for LOL

Korean slangs for LOL
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ํ˜„์›ƒ (hyeonut) is a combination of two shortened phrases. This term derives from ํ˜„์‹ค์—์„œ (hyeonsireseo) which literally means ‘actually’ combined with ์›ƒ์Œ (useum) which means to laugh. Seeing from its context, we can say this term has similar meaning with LOL in English. ํ˜„์›ƒ (Hyeonut) is commonly used when you are watching very funny video or chatting in SNS. Try to use ํ˜„์›ƒ (hyeonut) instead of ใ…‹ใ…‹ใ…‹ใ…‹ (kkkk) to react the funny things that make you laugh out loud!

2. ํ–‰์‡ผ (Haengsyo)

Korean slangs haengsyo

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You probably already got the clue from this term. Yepp, the clue is in ํ–‰ (haeng). This slang is quite popular and mostly used when talking to friends. It is a shortened imperative sentence from ํ–‰๋ณตํ•˜์‹ญ์‹œ์˜ค (haengbokhasipsio) which means to be happy. Say ํ–‰์‡ผ (haengsyo) to cheer up your buddies whenever they feel blue or upset.

3. ์งค (Jjal) โ€“ Korean Slangs from Internet Terms

Two Korean Slangs above are commonly used in daily conversation. ์งค (Jjal) is one of Korean slangs found in internet. It means photo, same with ์‚ฌ์ง„ (sajin). If we type certain keywords in the search engine, we will find ์งค (jjal) in the related searches. We will also find ์›€์งค (umjjal) which means animated picture (GIF).

4. ๊ฟ€ํŒ (Kkultip)

๊ฟ€ํŒ (Kkultip) is a combination of ๊ฟ€ (kkul) that means honey and ํŒ (tip) that means tips or advice. Wait, we canโ€™t define the term ๊ฟ€ (kkul) denotatively. It has connotative meaning to express the great or extraordinary things. We commonly use the term gold or golden to represent something great or super in English. However, we use the term honey in Korean. So, you can use the term๊ฟ€ํŒ (kkultip) when someone gives the great tips, and unconventional for sure!

5. ๋ถˆ๊ธˆ (Bulgeum)

Korean Slangs for TGIF
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๋ถˆ๊ธˆ (Bulgeum) is a combination of ๋ถˆ (bul) that means fire and ๊ธˆ์š”์ผ (geumyoil) that means Friday, then shortened to ๋ถˆ๊ธˆ (bulgeum). This is Korean version of TGIF (Thanks God, Itโ€˜s Friday!). ๋ถˆ๊ธˆ (Bulgeum) is an expression of the excitement as weekend is coming. We all agree that we wait for Friday so badly since tomorrow we will face the exciting weekend.

6. ๊นœ๋†€ (Kkamnol)

This term has similar patterns with Korean Slangs above. ๊นœ๋†€ (kkamnol) derives from two shortened phrases, ๊นœ์ž‘ ๋†€๋ผ๋‹ค (kkamjag nollada) which means to be surprised or shocked. We use this term when we suddenly feel shocked or surprised.

7. ๋‡Œ์„น๋‚จ (Noesengnam) โ€“ Popular Korean Slangs

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๋‡Œ์„น๋‚จ (Noesengnam) derives from three phrases: ๋‡Œ (noe) means brain + ์„น์‹œํ•˜๋‹ค (seksihada) means sexy + ๋‚จ์ž (namja) means man. This term is one of popular Korean slangs among youths. ๋‡Œ์„น๋‚จ (Noesengnam) is way to describe an attractive and smart man. Wow, sounds perfect, right?

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