Learning Korean can be very time consuming. But using social media can help you gather quick, useful words and phrases.
If you don’t have time to read our blog, please come visit us on Facebook and Twitter. We have a “Korean word of the day”, which is incorporated into a useful sentence. By building your vocabulary bank, you will start to create your own sentences—once you’ve mastered grammar rules, etc. Here is a good Korean grammar tip to start off with:
Remember, in Korean, the sentence structure is Subject + Object + Verb. In English, it’s Subject + Verb + Object.
To help you learn Korean through social media, I started a few Twitter conversations and hashtags: #Korean, #KoreanWordofTheDay, and #KoreanTipOfTheDay. But, for purposes of simplicity, I will use the hashtag, #KoreanLanguage going forward. You too can start your own Twitter hashtag to catalog your Korean vocabulary or conversations! If you need any help along the way, please send me a tweet! I would love to follow your language learning journey on Twitter.
Below are a summary of tweets for building your vocabulary. They are easy to digest; useful Korean words and phrases that you won’t necessarily find using an online translator like Google Translate.
- 장난꾸러기 = brat or rascal. You can call a naughty child a 장난꾸러기.
- 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!) These are the honorific/polite versions.
- 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. Have questions about Korean text abbreviations? Find me on KakaoTalk: lindasauce.
You are always welcome to send me a tweet or post on our Facebook account any questions you may have. I will try to answer all of your questions in a timely manner. If you would like to know the transliteration of any of these phrases, and hear how to pronounce each word and phrase, we creating a podcast for you.