If you’re an avid K-drama watcher (or K-popper), you have most likely picked up on a lot of Korean words and lingo, and can maybe even carry a conversation or two. The best part about K-dramas is that there are a lot of words that are repetitive, especially when dealing with the theme of love.
Here are just 20 Korean phrases and words that any K-drama fan should know! Sooner or later, you might not even need any subtitles. Wouldn’t that be grand?!
Unni / 언니: what a female calls an older female
Oppa /오빠: what a female calls an older male
Noona / 누나: what a male calls an older female
Hyung / 형: what a male calls an older male
You may or may not be blood-related to address someone using these terms. These words are often used to show closeness and are also considered endearing.
Ga-ji-ma / 가지마: don’t go
Sa-rang-hae / 사랑해: I love you
Yak-sohk-hae / 약속해: Promise me
Jo-ah-hae / 좋아해: I like you
The confession that makes your heart ache.
Bae-go-pah? / 배고파? : Are you hungry?
Heng-bok-hae / 행복해: I’m happy
Bo-go-ship-puh / 보고싶어 : I miss you
Jal-ja / 잘자 : Sleep well
Geok-jung-ha-ji-ma / 걱정하지마 : Don’t worry
Gwen-cha-na? / 괜찮아? : Are you ok?
12. Nam-ja-chin-goo / Yeo-jah-chin-goo
Nam-ja-chin-goo / 남자친구 : boyfriend
Yu-jah-chin-goo / 여자친구 : girlfriend
Wae-geu-rae? / 왜그래 : What’s wrong?
Sunbae / 선배 : a respectful term used to call someone who was working at a work establishment, or attending an educational institute before you — can also be addressed as “senior.”
Hoobae / 후배 : a term used to call someone who started working at your company or going to your school after you — can also be called “junior.”
Kyul-hon-hae-jo / 결혼해줘 : will you marry me?
Sam-gak-kwan-gae / 삼각관계 : love triangle
Jjak-sa-rang / 짝사랑 : crush or one-sided love
Mi-ahn-hae / 미안해 : I’m sorry
Hae-uh-ji-ja / 헤어지자 : let’s break up
Jae-bal / 제발 : please (desperate, not polite)
Hey Soompiers, which of these words did you know already? Let me know in the comments below!
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