15 Korean Phrases And Slang Words Every K-Drama Fan Should Know

Koreans come up with slang words and abbreviations so often that it’s almost impossible to keep up. But, if you’re an avid K-drama watcher, you’re probably well in the loop and can pretty much carry conversations using only slang words! Just in case you need to refresh your memory, here are just 15 Korean slang words and phrases that you have most likely heard while watching K-dramas.

(Make sure you also check out part one of this feature – “20 Words And Phrases Every K-Drama Fan Should Know“).

1. Heol

Heol / 헐: “I can’t believe it”

Often used when you’re in a slight state of shock or awe.

2. Dae-bak

Dae-bak / 대박: Awesome, Jackpot

3. Aigoo

Aigoo / 아이구: Geez, oh no, oops

Can be used in many different contexts, but usually it’s used to show frustration.

4. Jjang-ee-ya

Jjang-ee-ya / 짱이야: … is the best, number 1

5. Ah-ssa!

Ah-ssa! / 아싸!: “Yes!” or “Oh Yeah!”


Used when you’re happy or excited about something.

6. Ddo-ra-yi

Ddo-ra-yi / 또라이: Crazy, lunatic

7. Jin-jja?

Jin-jja? / 진짜?: Really?

Usually said when in a state of surprise or shock. Can be used as a question or statement.

8. Omo / Omona

Omo / Omona / 어머 / 어머나: “Oh no!” or “Oh my gosh!”

9. Mi-cheos-suh?

Mi-cheos-suh?! / 미쳤어?!: “Are you crazy?!”

10. Eo-tteok-hae?!

Eo-tteok-hae?! /어떡해?!: “What do I/we do?!”

This word also means, “how?” when spelled as 어떻게.

11. Sseom

Sseom / 썸: Flirting


The very early stages of dating; when you’re not exclusive. You might know that you like each other, but are not boyfriend/girlfriend yet!

12. Wang-dda

wang-dda / 왕따: loner

13. Chi-maek

chi-maek / 치맥: fried chicken + beer

This combo has been around in Korean culture forever, but it was made popular because of Jun Ji Hyun!

14. Dak-sal

dak-sal / 닭살: cringe-worthy or gross

It’s usually used when someone says or does something and you’re seriously cringing.

15. Call

call / 콜: “Let’s do it!” or “I’m in!” or “Sure!”


If someone asks you, “do you want to go for chicken and beer?” You can answer, “Call!”

Hey Soompiers, which of these slang words and phrases did you already know? Let us know in the comments below!

binahearts is a Soompi writer who can be most often seen singing her heart out at karaoke, walking her dog, or indulging in dessert. Her current obsessions include Song Joong Ki, BTOB, and BIGBANG. Make sure you follow binahearts on Instagram as she journeys through her latest Korean crazes!

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