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Hangugeo 101: Easy Korean Slang Edition (Part 1)

This is the first part of this Korean Language Series, Hangugeo 101 (한국어 101). This series aims not to give you any TOPIK certificate (you’ll need in-depth lessons for that) but to let you learn bits and pieces of the Korean Language that you can possibly apply in your daily Fangirling life and hopefully your Korean trip soon.

Let’s begin not with the Korean alphabet and basic phrases. Instead, let’s quickly delve into the fascinating world of Korean Slang!

Like any other languages, Korean also have its share of Slang that people love to use in their daily lives and of course, they are widely used by the young generations.


Here are some of the popular Korean Slang usually used as expressions that you might have heard of or probably using on your fangirl convos with friends.

1. 대박 (daebak)

Usually used to express feelings of amazement. You can use it to say that something is “Awesome” or you feel that you’ve hit jackpot and want to express it.

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“Daebak! I won free concert tickets!”

2. 헐 (Heol)

A common word used to express feelings of shock or disbelief.

“Heol! How did you get that free tickets?”

3. 짱 (Jjang)

This is used to say “the best” or to express approval. It is also synonymous with giving a “thumbs up”.

4. 화이팅 (Hwaiting)

A Konglish (Korean English) word that roots from the word “Fighting”. It is used as a cheering word to show one’s support and encouragement. It can substitute the cheer “You can do it!”

“You have an exam later right? Hwaiting!”

5. 콜 (Kol)

An expression to show approval and aggrement. Usually used when people wants to accept an offer given to them.

You friend wants you to attend a concert with her? “Kol!”

6. 아싸 (Ah-ssa)

Used to express happiness like in “Oh yeah!” And “Yay”.

“Ahssa! Your visa to Korea have been approved.”

7. 야 (Ya)

Commonly blurted out by people to express their disagreement or to get someone’s (same age or younger) attention. Basically, this is the korean “Hey”.

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“Ya! That’s my mine.”

8. 아이구 (Aigoo)

An expression said in place of sighing. Same use with Filipino slang “Hay“.

9. 어머 (Omo)

Rooted from the phrase “oh my god”. This can be used to show feelings of surprise. There are also many variations of this such as “Omona”, “Omomo”, “Omama” etc.

10. 심쿵 (Shimkoong)

From the korean phrase 심장이 쿵쿵 (Heart racing). This how you can describe the feeling whenever you see your bias and you can feel your heart beating fast.

Have you heard these words before? Follow this series to know more about the Korean Language!

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