*Click picture for a closer view of the romanization*
I got this idea from a fan (didn’t want me to publicize their name but thanks!). This might be helpful especially for those of you who are really into the dramas here and are trying to pick up on new words. There are quite a few vocabulary words relating to this subject. The good thing about making these is it’s almost like studying as I can remember things better if I have a picture to go with them.
So hopefully this helps those of you who may have downloaded a Korean game to your smartphone and had no idea what some of the vocabulary was. I’ve had this happen many times and although I could understand basic Konglish, there were some tougher terms that I couldn’t understand. This graphic doesn’t cover everything, but it covers some common ones you may come across.
Have to give a shoutout and thanks to Go!BillyKorean for giving me the idea and providing me with the game terms and translations. Check out his site for some fun Korean lessons!
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)
I’ve gotten better with saying these letters as I study more, but they are still the most difficult and annoying to pronounce for me. Especially when coupled with other letters. Sometimes I say them too strongly or not strong enough which results in confused stares from my listeners.
The sentences I said weren’t even that advanced, but I just think it really surprised her how quickly and fluent like I said them. We are both studying English and Korean so we can speak better but it is difficult for both of us at times. However, do you guys wanna help me think of some ways to make sure that she does her homework?