Korean Words You NEED To Know

Very often happen – especially at the beginning – to see a Korean drama and to hear some words but not to figure out what they mean.
For this reason, I have drawn up a list of the most common terms that you should know if you are learning Korean.
  • Ahjumma / 아줌마: an older woman, typically the age of a mother or an aunt but not your relative.
  • Ahjusshi / 아줌씨: an old man, typically the age of a father or an uncle, but not your relative.
  • “Aish!” / 아이씨: expression of frustration and irritation.
  • Ani|Anyo / 아니|아니요: No.
  • Annyeong / 안녕하세: “Hello” when you are near someone; “Goodbye” but informal.
  • Annyeonghaseyo / 안녕하세요:”Good morning” and “Goodbye”, formal.
  • Annyeonghigyeseyo / 안녕히 계세요 세요: Goodbye (“I will go first”)
  • Babo / 바보: Stupid.
  • Bagel Girl: Girl with young face.
  • Byungtae / 벼태: Pervert.
  • “Daebak!” / 대박: “Impressive!”
  • Deh: Yes.
  • Dongsaeng / 동생: Younger person than you.
  • Fandom: Fan club
  • “Fighting!”: “Good luck!”
  • Flower Boy: Boy with female features.
  • Gomawo / 고망워: Thank you.
  • Hoobae / 후배: person who is your junior.
  • “Hwaiting!”: “Good luck!” (written this way since Koreans have issues with “f” sound).
  • Kamsahamnida / 감사함니다: Thanks.
  • K-Pop: Popular Korean music.
  • Maknae / Magnae / 막내: literally means “the youngest”.
  • Neh / 네: Yes.
  • Oppa / 옵바: used by girls to refer to older boys / brothers.
  • Sarang / 사랑: Love.
  • Saranghae / 사랑해 : I love you.
  • Sasaeng / 사생:  stalker.
  • Sunbae / 순배: person who is your senior.
  • Ulzzang / 울짱: “Best face”; used when referring to a person who has gained fame because of their appearance, typically on the internet sites.
  • Yeh: Yes.

These are terms that you listen most often when you see a drama.

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  1. It’s highly recommended to know how numbers work in Korean , as there are two distinct systems that are used in different contexts. However, if you’re not overly familiar with them, it’s probable that the cashier will be able to tell you the price in English.
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