7 Essential Korean Slangs You Should Know - Part 1
Everything cannot be fully taught in the classroom. That’s why Eggbun Education has put together a list of 7 Korean slangs. You’re not sure how to use them? Don’t worry about it. We’ve also prepared example sentences to help you figure it out. Let’s check them out below!
1. 깜놀 (ggam nol) : surprised, shocked
깜짝 + 놀라다
Basically, 깜짝 is the expression of being shocked and 놀라다 means ‘to be surprised.’ 깜놀 is used when you see something shocking/surprising or face unexpected situations.
ex) 아이폰 가격 보고 깜놀했어.
I was shocked to see the price of iPhone.
2. 빵 터지다 (bbang teojida) : to burst out laughing
빵 + 터지다
빵 refers to the exploding sound of a balloon/bomb and 터지다 means ‘to burst out / explode.’ 빵 터지다 indicates that explosive laughter happens. You can use it when you have a sudden big laugh.
ex) 그 TV show 보고 빵 터졌어.
The TV show made me burst out laughing out loud.
3. 흑역사 (heuk yeoksa) : black past, black history
흑 + 역사
흑역사 is comprised of the Chinese character 흑(黑) which indicates black/dark and 역사 meaning history in Korean. 흑역사 is literally ‘black history,’ so it is used to describe past incidents people want to forget and don’t want to talk about anymore.
ex) 어느 누구에게도 내 흑역사 때 사진을 보여주고 싶지 않아.
(literal meaning) I don’t want to show my photo to anyone when I was taken in the black past.
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