Our previous blog post, “Learning Korean with Social Media”, listed useful Korean phrases and words alongside English translations. This follow-up post provides you with a 15-minute podcast, walking you through the various Korean pronunciations that we listed (see below). We’ll also chat about helpful background information on when these words or phrases are appropriate (e.g., honorific, informal, etc.).
Please listen to our Soundcloud podcast and follow along below! Any questions, please comment via our blog or send us a tweet!
- 장난꾸러기 = brat or rascal. You can call a naughty child a 장난꾸러기.
- 보고 싶어! = “I miss you!”
- 추석 잘 보내세요! = Have a good Chuseok/Thanksgiving!
- If someone asks you what you ate for lunch, you can say, “나는 [name of food] 를 먹었다”. It means, “I ate [name of food].”
- “뽀뽀해주세요” = “Kiss please”/”Kiss me”; a slang term between a bf/gf perhaps. Transliteration: “boe boe heh joo seh yo”.
- Phrase to say to someone taking an exam or running a race, etc.–> “행운을 빌어요, 아자아자!” = “Good luck, go go!”
- 불타는 금요일 means “burning Friday”. Koreans say this as, “an exciting Friday” or “a drinking/eating a lot Friday”. 불타는 금요일!
- I think of you often = 나는 자주 너를 생각해; I think of you all day = 나는 하루종일 너를 생각해; I think of you sometimes =나 는 가끔씩 너를 생각해.
- A compliment girls say to each other is “pretty sister” = “예쁜 언니” (to older sister) & “예쁜동생” (to younger sister).
- Korean quote of the day: “가장 중요한 것은 도전을 두려워하지 않는 것이다. 기억해라. 가장 큰 실패는 아무것도 시도하지 않는것이다.” (English quote from photo: pic.twitter.com/z2EVEUJg.)
- How to laugh in Korean: 하하하 is masculine, 호호호 is feminine + 히히히 is neutral/cute. Literal meaning = ha ha ha, ho ho ho, he he he!
- “별 말씀을요.” = “Do not mention it.” Use this phrase as an alternate way of saying “You’re welcome.”
- Korean word/expression of the day: 와우! = Wow!
- “사랑해, 엄마.” = “I love you, mom.” w/ video of a cute boy saying “Omma, sahdang ee.” http://bit.ly/TxhXQy
- Korean phrase for the weekend: 주말 잘 보내세요! (Have a great weekend!) This is an honorific/polite version.
- Korean slang word of the day: 동안 (transliteration: “dong an”); “baby face”.
- Korean text messaging tips: ㅋㅋ is the equivalent of a “hehe” and ㅎㅎ is the equivalent to an “LOL” or “ROFL.” ㄴㄴ means no.
- Korean text messaging tip: ㅇㅇ means “yes” in text talk.