How many popular Korean slangs do you know? (episode 1)
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How Many Korean Slangs Do You Know? (Ep01)
Learning some Korean slang is a great way to boost your Korean skills. Not only does it help with your listening abilities, but it makes you sound more like a Korean local.
Today, let’s study 10 Korean slangs with harry potter scenes.
1. 남사친 [Nam-Sa-Chin] – A guy who is “just a friend"
남[Nam] is short for 남자[Nam-ja], meaning “man”
사[Sa] is short for 사람[Sa-ram], meaning “person”
친[Chin] is short for 친구[Chin-gu], meaning friend.
Put them all together, and you get man-person-friend, or a male friend.
Guys, you can use the same term for a girl who is your friend but isn’t your girlfriend. Change the 남[Nam] to 여[Yeo] (여자[Yeo-ja]), and you’ve got 여사친 [Yeo-Sa-Chin] !
2. 남친[Nam-Chin] / 여친[Yeo-Chin] – Boyfriend or girlfriend
Like lots of Korean slang, these words come from taking the first parts of two other words. Can you guess which words they are made up of? 남친[Nam-chin] comes from 남자 친구[Nam-ja Chin-gu].
And 여친[Yeo-Chin] comes from 여자 친구[Yeo-ja Chin-gu]. That should save you some typing time on KakaoTalk when you ask somebody if they have a boyfriend or girlfriend.
3. 꿀잼[Kkul-Jam] –  Something that is fun, funny, or interesting
꿀[Kkul] means ‘honey’.
잼[Jam] is short for 재미있어요[Jae-mi-it-eo-yo], which means ‘interesting.
If you put them together, you get ‘꿀잼[Kkul-jam]’, which can be used to describe something that is fun or interesting.
4. 노잼[No-Jam] – Something that is not fun, funny, or uninteresting
The evil twin of 꿀잼[Kkul-Jam] is 노잼[No-Jam].
노[No] means “no” or “not”
So if you see something that you don’t think is fun or funny, you can say “노잼!”
5. 솔까말[Sol-Kka-Mal] – To speak openly and honestly
솔[Sol] stands for 솔직히[Sol-jik-hi] with means “honestly”.
The 까[Kka] and 말[Mal] parts come from 까놓고[Kka-no-ko] 말하다[Mal-ha-da], meaning “speak your mind”.
The full phrase is 솔직히 까놓고 말하다[Sol-jik-hi Kka-no-ko Mal-ha-da], but you can keep it simple. When you want someone to tell it to you straight, use 솔까말[Sol-kka-mal].
6. 더럽게[Deo-Reop-Ge] – Badly
Literally means ‘dirtily’ (from 더럽다[Deo-reop-da]), but is often used to mean ‘badly’, for example 더럽게 맛없다[Deo-reop-ge Mat-eop-da] would mean ‘It tastes really bad..!
7. 품절남[Pum-Jeol-Nam] – Man who just got married
품절[Pum-jeol] is another expression for sold out. The words 품절남[Pum-jeol-nam] and 품절녀[Pum-jeol-nyeo] literally mean ‘sold-out man’ and ‘sold-out woman’, they refer to somebody who has just got married and is therefore off the market for dating.
8. 모쏠[Mo-Ssol] – Someone who has never had a boyfriend or girlfriend
This word is short for for 모태 솔로[Mo-tae Ssol-ro], which is a term used to describe someone who has been “solo” their entire life, since being born.
9. 극혐[Geuk-Hyeom] – Extreme disgust
Short for 극한의 혐오[Geuk-han-ui Hyeom-o], this phrase . 극한[Geuk-han] means “limit or extreme” and 혐오[Hyeom-o] means “hatred, disgust or revulsion” so put them together and you’ve got a shortened phrase that means just that — extreme disgust!
10. 밀당[Mil-Dang] – Push and pull
This is a combination of the verbs 밀다[Mil-da] (to push) and 당기다[Dang-gi-da] (to pull). However, in this case the words do not literally mean pushing and pulling as in a tug of war or a door.
This slang word refers to the flaky actions people take in romantic relationships, “playing games” with each other where one minute they’re hot and the next they’re cold.
To be continued..
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