10 more words every KDrama fan should know
Thanks to the popularity of our last Kdrama words article, I've decided to define ten more words that every KDrama fan should know. After reading through the comments, I was impressed by the amount of terms you all came up with, so I'll use some of them here. Let's begin!
1) 어떻게 Eo-tteo-kay -- Honestly, I'm surprised I didn't put this word on the first list. Eotteokay is one of the most frequently used words in dramas. It's usually used when someone is worried and means "what should I do?" That dog just ate my homework! Eotteokayyy?!
2) 아이고/아이구 Ai-goo -- This word is usually used by older folks when something is difficult for them. However, it can be used by basically anyone when they're feeling stressed. Aigoo...I have so much homework! ㅠㅠ
3) 미안해 Mee-ahn-hay -- One of the most important words for KDramas: sorry! Often used after one character horribly backstabs another, then tries to apologize. Q: You stole my boyfriend?! A: Mianhae....
4) 죽을래 Joo-geul-lay -- Although I don't hear this one quite as often in dramas, it's a personal favorite so I decided to include it. Basically, it's asking, "Do you want to die?!" Person 1: I studied less than you, but got a better grade! Person 2: Ya....joogeullay?!
5) 좋아해 Jo-wa-hae -- A substitute for the typical 'saranghae.' Jowahae means "like" rather than "love," but can be used in the sense of having a crush. Neo jowahae...(I like you...)
6) 짱 Jjang -- If any of you remember "daebak" from the last list, then "jjang" should be pretty easy for you! It basically means the same thing and is used to say something is cool/awesome. Person 1: I met Lee Min Ho at the mall yesterday! Person 2: No way! Jjang!
7) 애교 Ae-gyo -- A term used to refer to the use of cuteness. For example, all of the cute hand gestures and voices that can be heard in dramas could be referred to as aegyo. Oppaaaaaa...don't you love my aegyo?! ~insert overly-cute hand gesture~
8) 오모 O-mo -- This is basically the Korean equivalent of "oh my gosh!" Omo! Is that Song Joong Ki over there?!
9) 바보 Ba-bo -- Depending on how much intensity is used, this word can mean anything from "silly" to "idiot." However, it's often used with a more light-hearted tone towards friends. Person 1: Let's go to school! Person 2: It's Saturday, babo!
10) 나쁜 놈 Na-ppeun Noem -- This phrase is often heard in dramas where the guy ends up doing something to hurt the girl's feelings. In return, she'll refer to him as nappeun nom, which means "jerk" or "bad guy." Guy: I didn't mean to make you cry! Girl: Just leave, nappeun nom...
And there we have it! Ten more words added to our KDrama vocab list! As always, feel free to leave questions or recommendations for words in the comments and I'll try to answer!