Korean Emoticons Infographic

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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  • 재인
    Apr 8,2014 at 2:45 am

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

  • Rachel
    Mar 18,2014 at 7:49 am

    대박 ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

  • aaa
    Mar 14,2014 at 12:22 am

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

  • Clément Thomassin
    Mar 13,2014 at 4:52 pm

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

    • Dominic 'Dom' Dinkins
      Mar 13,2014 at 5:14 pm

      Thanks! It can be found under “Variations” 🙂

      • Clément Thomassin
        Mar 13,2014 at 9:12 pm

        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

  • 박혜기
    Mar 13,2014 at 4:11 pm

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

  • Na Hyun Anna An
    Mar 13,2014 at 1:16 pm

    Cooool I will share it with my foreign friends :3

  • anon
    Mar 13,2014 at 12:43 pm

    (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻

    • Julie Peloquin
      Mar 13,2014 at 4:07 pm

      ┬─┬ノ( º _ ºノ

  • Hannah Harris
    Mar 13,2014 at 12:24 pm

    thank you so much

    • Dominic 'Dom' Dinkins
      Mar 13,2014 at 5:27 pm

      No prob!

  • Mar 13,2014 at 7:08 am

    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
      Mar 13,2014 at 5:26 pm

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

  • Seokjin Jin
    Mar 13,2014 at 5:25 am

    우와! 잘 만들었어요!!

    • Dominic 'Dom' Dinkins
      Mar 13,2014 at 6:11 am

      Thanks Seokjin!

  • Chang Yung Chun
    Mar 12,2014 at 12:03 am

    ㄱ ㅅ. ㅇ ㅗㅇ

    • Dominic 'Dom' Dinkins
      Mar 12,2014 at 5:48 am

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

      • Claire J. Kim
        Mar 12,2014 at 2:14 pm

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

        • Chang Yung Chun
          Mar 12,2014 at 3:25 pm

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

  • Claire J. Kim
    Mar 11,2014 at 11:27 pm

    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
      Mar 12,2014 at 5:46 am

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

  • jenny
    Mar 11,2014 at 4:12 pm


    • Dominic 'Dom' Dinkins
      Mar 11,2014 at 4:44 pm

      Thank you for pointing that out!

  • hahoney
    Mar 11,2014 at 11:13 am

    Where is ‘ㅆㅂ’?

    • Dominic 'Dom' Dinkins
      Mar 11,2014 at 4:45 pm

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

      • 유키
        Mar 13,2014 at 6:51 pm

        So what does it mean :D???

        • zijie
          Mar 15,2014 at 6:15 am


  • steviedean
    Mar 11,2014 at 10:31 am

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

    • Dominic 'Dom' Dinkins
      Mar 12,2014 at 5:44 am

      Thanks sir 🙂

  • LifeOutside of Texas
    Mar 11,2014 at 2:32 am

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

    • Dominic 'Dom' Dinkins
      Mar 11,2014 at 8:12 am

      Thanks! Glad it could help you out 🙂

  • Kahi
    Mar 10,2014 at 10:08 pm

    This is awesome!!

    • Dominic 'Dom' Dinkins
      Mar 11,2014 at 8:12 am


  • Kathleen
    Mar 10,2014 at 2:51 pm

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

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