Korean Emoticons Infographic

Korean Emoticons & Abbreviations

We hope this Korean emoticon list helps you all out a lot. These emoticons are used frequently among friends and family in text messages. However recently, Kakaotalk has taken over with their popular emoticons (like Ryan and A-Peach…the one that looks like a butt)

The abbreviations can also be considered slang and more like these (shortened words) are being created by the younger generation frequently).

Hope this helps! And for more materials to supplement your Korean vocab, check out our ebooks over at the Dom & Hyo Store. We also have posters, t-shirts, and more related to Korea.

List of Emoticons & Abbreviations used in this graphic:

^^     ^_^      ^0^ = Happy

^_~ = Winking

-_-     – –  = Serious

ㅜㅜ     ㅠㅠ       ㅠ_ㅠ   = Crying

^^;       ^_^;  = Sweating

+_+   = Surprised

@_@ = Confused

ㅗ = Middle finger

OTL = Disappointment (looks like someone with their head down on their knees)

=_=     =  Sleepiness

~_~  = Boredom

-_-a  = Scratching head

0ㅠ0  = Vomiting

*^^*  = Blushing

^3^   = Kissing

(>.<)        >_<  = Embarassed

ㅇㅇ = 응 (Yes/Agreement)

ㅇㅋ = 오케이 (OK in English)

ㄷㅊ = 닥쳐 (Shutup/Shut your trap)

ㅊㅋ = 축아해요 (Congratulations)

ㄱㅅ = 감사합니다 (Thank you)

ㅎㅎ = 하하 (Laughing)

샘 = 선생님 (Teacher)

ㅂㅂ = bye bye

ㄴㄴ = no no

ㅅㄱ = 수고하세요 (Keep up the good work)

방가 = 방가워요 (Nice to meet you)

ㄷㄷ = 덜덜 (Shivering)

ㅎㅇ = 하이 (“Hi” in Konglish)

쩐다 = Awesome/Terrible (Kind of like “damn!” but not too bad)

짐 = 지금 (Now)

어케 = 어떻게 (How)










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  • Kathleen

    I love this. My Korean students will cheer, and the rest will go “Whu?”

  • Kahi

    This is awesome!!

    • Dominic ‘Dom’ Dinkins


  • LifeOutside of Texas

    Nice infographic. I have always wanted a key to those Korean emoticons.

    • Dominic ‘Dom’ Dinkins

      Thanks! Glad it could help you out 🙂

  • steviedean

    that is dam amazingly useful and great graphics work too 😉 thanks

    • Dominic ‘Dom’ Dinkins

      Thanks sir 🙂

  • hahoney

    Where is ‘ㅆㅂ’?

    • Dominic ‘Dom’ Dinkins

      Lol I thought about adding it among other swear words but decided to keep this one fairly clean.

      • 유키

        So what does it mean :D???

        • zijie


  • jenny


    • Dominic ‘Dom’ Dinkins

      Thank you for pointing that out!

  • Claire J. Kim

    i hope no one uses blushing one. lol Some others are weird to use for me. But that blushing one… no… I am Korean. we used that like 15years ago. I use that one in a sarcastic way now.
    Anyway nice blog 🙂

    • Dominic ‘Dom’ Dinkins

      haha I didn’t know the blushing one was that old. And thanks, glad you like it^^

  • Chang Yung Chun

    ㄱ ㅅ. ㅇ ㅗㅇ

    • Dominic ‘Dom’ Dinkins

      ㅇ ㅗㅇ is a new one for me. What does it mean?

      • Claire J. Kim

        ㅇ ㅇ are eyes. ㅣ is nose and ㅡ is mouth as i know. 🙂

        • Chang Yung Chun

          just cute sign….
          Claire J. Kim’s reply is very well..

  • Seokjin Jin

    우와! 잘 만들었어요!!

    • Dominic ‘Dom’ Dinkins

      Thanks Seokjin!

  • http://www.grrrltraveler.com GRRRL TRAVELER

    I saw this yesterday and thought it was brilliant. I’ve always wanted a table to understand what Korean chingus were texting and not having one was frustrating. Wanted to share it on my FB page,.. unfortunately in light of the recent Drama Fever scandal and misuse of your art, … I have to post it to my page in a less than bubbly tone. … People only steal from the best, I guess.

    • Dominic ‘Dom’ Dinkins

      Thankfully it’s all resolved now. Anyways, hopefully you can surprise your Korean friends by using some of these 🙂

  • Hannah Harris

    thank you so much

    • Dominic ‘Dom’ Dinkins

      No prob!

  • anon

    (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻

    • Julie Peloquin

      ┬─┬ノ( º _ ºノ

  • Na Hyun Anna An

    Cooool I will share it with my foreign friends :3

  • 박혜기

    otl.. I barely know how to use it. otl -ㅅ-

  • Clément Thomassin

    Where is the basic of the basics : ㅋㅋㅋ ?
    Good job ^^

    • Dominic ‘Dom’ Dinkins

      Thanks! It can be found under “Variations” 🙂

      • Clément Thomassin

        Oh right !! My bad ! It’s very small and I expected it to be larger as it’s the abbreviation I use the most ㅋㅋㅋ

  • aaa

    where is 대박? ㅋㅋㅋㅋthis word is the most often one that I use all the time 🙂

  • Rachel

    대박 ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

  • 재인

    wait 샘 and ㅂㅂ are not real things…. lol its 쌤 and ㅃㅃ 뭐지;;