Korean dramas made a huge impact on my life. It has influenced me in so many ways–from my eating habits to fashion and even in the way I speak. I started from not knowing anything about Korean language such that I had to either
As time went by, my sentence construction has improved differently–I use English and Korean words to deliver what I want to say.
Let me share with you some of the words that I, or maybe you, can use in your Korean-invaded life.
Annyeong is from the sentence, ANNYEONG HASEYO (not, “anong sa’yo?”). This means ‘hello’ or ‘goodbye’. Be careful using this expression because this is only used in informal setting. When meeting the elder, or superior to you, use ‘annyeong haseyo’.
PS: Use YEOBOSEYO when answering a phone call.
Heol is a slang word used in expressing shock, surprise and/or sarcasm.
BIGBANG CONCERT WILL BE NEXT WEEK!
You: Heol. I still don’t have tickets yet! TT___TT
Jinjja means ‘really’. Jinjja is used in questionning things. Mistakenly said as “chicha”.
Song Joong Ki is getting discharged in a few days.
You: Jinjja?! Ehhh!!! I can’t wait to see him in a new drama or variety show!
Eotteokhae literally means “what to do?”. Most of the times, non-Korean speakers use this in situations where they really don’t know what to do. In panic, they blurt out this expression.
Friend: Your crush is right behind your back.
You: OMG. Eotteokhae? Do I look good? Do I have something on my face? Eotteokhae? Eotteokhae? Eotteokhaeeeeeeee?!
Omo is also used in times of shock. The Korean version of ‘oh my gosh’.
*watching a movie*
You: OMO! DID YOU SEE THAT?
The word ‘assa’ is used in conveying achievements. It is synonymous to ‘oh yeah~!’ and ‘all right!’.
You: Mom, can I go to KCC’s screening of
Mom: Uhmm. Okay.
You: ASSA! *fireworks*
PS: Be careful in using this, because assa, in Filipino, can mean negatively (sounds like asa). Use only with great conviction and right diction.
Geurae has different meanings. It can mean ‘really’, ‘sure’, ‘alright’, and ‘then’.
Friend: May I borrow your copy of
BEAST‘s Beautiful Show DVD?
You: Geurae! Just return it in excellent condition.
Friend: There’s this new Korean restau near our unit.
You: Oh, geurae? We should try it out soon!
PS: If you mean ‘really’, you may also use jinjja and geurae.
If you want something, ask it politely. Add ‘juseyo’ to your sentence.
*sudden food craving*
You: *tweets* Ugh. Bibimbap juseyo~
*want to see BEAST in the Philippines.
You: *tweets* @all4b2uty
B2utyful Show in PH juseyo.
9. Aja aja! Fighting!
This expression is used when you want to cheer up someone. I remember Rain was saying this in ‘
Full House‘ *insert feels here*.
Teacher: Okay, answer page 154, 158, 190 and 200 of your book. Also, don’t forget your about our speech contest on May 23. Lastly, our Sportsfest is on May 22. That’s all.
Crush: Oh my gosh. I don’t think we can do this.
You: Noooo. We can do it! Aja aja! Fighting!
PS: Don’t forget to wink and the closed fist gesture! For more feels.
Used in asking why. It is WAE and not WEH. Wae is why, and Weh is ‘really’, in the most insulting way.
Friend: I can’t make it on our bibimbap date.
Friend: Because I want ramyeon instead.
I love you. Need I say more? 😛
BEAST’s Comeback Stage* * Yoseob focused*
You: *tweets* @all4b2uty Oppa! Oppa! Saranghae!
These are just some of the Korean
cute expressions that I use in everyday conversations. Did I miss out some? Share to us Korean expressions that you use.
PS: For formal lessons on Korean language, check out KCC’s classes. 😛
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