Past and Present: Our Favorite Korean Words

October 21st, 2016

We asked, and you answered! What are some of your favorite Korean words? Many of you said that some were fun to say or sounded cute. Other reasons were because they were useful or were important in your daily life. Some people were just pure sentimental. Here’s the list (in no particular order):

  • 쌤 – Teacher
  • 왜 – Why?
  • 친구 – Friend
  • 바스대다 – Move about restlessly
  • 아이고 – Aigo
  • 조영해요 – Quiet
  • 화이팅 – Fighting! Good luck!
  • 행쇼 – Be happy
  • 아마도 – Maybe
  • 살살 – Softly, gently
  • 여유로움 – Composure
  • 짝꿍 – Pair
  • 귀요미 – Cutie Pie
  • 해바라기 – Sunflower
  • 두군두군 – The “thump” of a beating heart
  • 무궁화 – Mugunghwa
  • 어울려요 – It suits you
  • 애매모호 – Ambiguous
  • 멘붕 – Mental breakdown
  • 심 – Heart, mind
  • 소맥 – Soju + beer
  • 노래방 – Karaoke room
  • 환희 – Joy
  • 휘파람 – Whistle
  • 여기저기 – Here and there
  • 반짝반짝 – twinkle twinkle
  • 고소하다 – It serves you right
  • 꼬부기 – Squirtle the Pokemon
  • 천천히 – Slow down!
  • 코끼리 – Elephant
  • 나비 – Butterfly
  • 목소리예 – Voice
  • 옷 – Clothes
  • 복숭아 – Peach
  • 도토리 – Acorn
  • 인연 – Tie, connection
  • 예지 – Foresight
  • 일기예보 – Weather forecast
  • 싱숭생숭 – Fidgety
  • 비올필 – Feels like it will rain
  • 배 – Stomach, boat, pear
  • 쓰담쓰담 – Motion of comforting someone
  • 에이 – Yeah, right!
  • 어머나 세상에! – Oh my gosh!
  • 진짜 – Really!?
  • 정말로 – Really!?
  • 갈비 – Galbi (beef ribs)
  • 여보세요? – Hello? (phone all)
  • 과자 – Snack
  • 제주어 – The language of Jeju Island
  • 여덟 – Eight
  • 그렇치 – Right! (good job)
  • 두리번거리다 – To look around
  • 몰라 – Don’t know/understand
  • 찍지마 – Don’t take
  • 유유상종 – Birds of a feather flock together.
  • 악어 – Crocodile
  • 고구마 – Sweet potato