Korean internet slang words


Let’s learn some korean slang words which are used in the Internet or texting. It is fun to read. Korean slangs used online is similar to english slangs. Like lol or ttyl stand for laugh out loud and talk to you later, korean slangs are also abbreviated words (more like ‘letters’ than words). Korean language is pretty hard to read and write. Unlike engilsh, arrange alphabets in an order, korean words are composed of different syllables with diverse position. For example, hi is annyeong in korean, written as 안녕. This word is composed of 6 syllables (ㅇ,ㅏ,ㄴ,ㄴ,ㅕ,ㅇ) even though it has only two letters 안 + 녕. And if you change the order of syllables, it would be a different word for sure, such as 연안 (shore). So, now you might get korean is pretty complicated. However, koreans might know their languae is hard to write down, so their internet or texting slangs are super short and easy. let’s see.


stands for 하이
(reads Hi; hi hello, annyeong)



stands for 응응 (reads eung, eung: yes, yes)
use when you agree or say ‘yes’.



stands for 노노 (No, No written down as it’s pronounced)
use when you disagree or say ‘no’.



stands for 어디? (reads eodi?; Where are you?)
use when you ask someone where is she or he.


stands for 집 (reads jip; house)
usually used for answer for the above question 어디(where).



stands for 수고 (reads soogo; good luck)
also used as meaning ‘bye’.



stands for 바이바이 (bye-bye as it’s pronounced)
when you are ending texting



stands for 감사 (reads gamsa; thanks)



reads you-you,
not a word, but it is a face of crying



reads 크크(k, ku, or keu)
not a word either, it is a sound of lauging

+Bonus: they have all different meaning according to the number of ㅋs. 

ㅋ: when you cannot think of anything to answer, or you are not funny at all, but you feel that you have to answer.

ㅋㅋ: you use this ALWAYS in the end of every sentence. If you don’t use this, then the other would think you are angry.

ㅋㅋㅋㅋ: funny

ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ: so hilarious that you cannot breathe.


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