As I was watching a few episodes of Dating Agency: Cyrano
with a friend yesterday, a critical issue was brought to my attention. After hearing AhRang refer to MooJin as "hyung," my friend turned to me with a confused expression and asked if MooJin's name had changed to "hyung" recently. It was at that moment that I decided to take it upon myself to create a list of words that every K-drama fan should know. Do you know them all?
1) 형 Hyung -- Let's start with the word that sparked this article. "Hyung" is a word used by a younger male to refer to or call an older male. Although it literally means "older brother," it can also be used between close friends. Oh, hyung, can you buy me dinner today?!
2) 누나 Noona -- A word used by a younger male to refer or call an older female. Similarly to "hyung," noona literally means "older sister," but can be used between close friends. (Also used in "Noona Fans" -- Older female fans who like younger male actors.) Noona....I think I love you!
3) 오빠 Oppa -- Perhaps the most well known of K-drama lingo, "oppa" is what a younger girl uses to call an older guy. Contrary to what K-drama's might have you think, it does not
always have to be used cutely. Oppaaaa, let's go on a date, okay?!
4) 언니 Eon-nee -- A word used by a younger girl to call an older girl. Also, recently turned into a dance by CL of 2NE1. Now do the eon-nee!
5) 아저씨 Ahjussi/아줌마 Ahjumma -- Used to call a middle-aged man (ahjussi) or woman (ahjumma). Although it can sometimes be used as an insult if the person is "too young", it's generally safe to use. That ahjussi has some pretty sweet dance moves.
6) 사랑해 Saranghae -- On par with "oppa" for the most well known K-drama word, "saranghae" means "I love you!" Oppa.... saranghae.
7) 아르바이트 Arubite -- Commonly heard in dramas with characters still in school. "Arubite" (sometimes shortened to "Alba") refers to someone who does work part-time. Q: What are you doing right now? A: Arubite!
8) 선배 Sunbae -- Refers to someone who has been in the business longer than the user. Often used in dramas that take place in an office. I'm new here, so he's my sunbae!
9) 소주 Soju -- Although it's not heard that
often, I figured I'd include it since it's seen so often! Soju is Korean alcohol that often comes in a green bottle. Whenever your favorite character is depressed and drinking away their problems, they're probably drinking soju. One more glass of soju, please... T_T
10) 대박 Daebak -- A slang term that basically means "super cool!" Drawn out for dramatic effect and often accompanies a thumbs-up. That movie was daaaaaebak!
And there you have it! The 10 Korean words that you now know. Are there any words that I missed? Or words that you're confused about? Leave them in the comments below!