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Korean Emoticons

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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35 thoughts on “Korean Emoticons Infographic

  1. Kathleen says:

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

  2. LifeOutside of Texas says:

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

    • Dominic 'Dom' Dinkins says:

      Thanks! Glad it could help you out 🙂

  3. steviedean says:

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

    • Dominic 'Dom' Dinkins says:

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

    • Dominic 'Dom' Dinkins says:

      Thank you for pointing that out!

  4. Claire J. Kim says:

    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 says:

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

    • Dominic 'Dom' Dinkins says:

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

      • Claire J. Kim says:

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

        • Chang Yung Chun says:

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


    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 says:

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

  6. Na Hyun Anna An says:

    Cooool I will share it with my foreign friends :3

  7. 박혜기 says:

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

  8. Clément Thomassin says:

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

    • Dominic 'Dom' Dinkins says:

      Thanks! It can be found under “Variations” 🙂

      • Clément Thomassin says:

        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

  9. aaa says:

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

  10. 재인 says:

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

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