How many popular Korean slang did you know? (Episode 2)
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How Many Korean Slangs Do You Know? (Ep02)
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.
Let’s study 10 more Korean Slangs with pictures.
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11. 맛점[Mat-Jeom] – Delicious lunch
Short for 맛있는 점심[Mat-it-neun Jeom-sim], this word simply describes a “delicious lunch.” Want to describe a delicious dinner and sound cool doing so? Just use 맛저[Mat-jeo], short for 맛있는 저녁[Mat-it-neun Jeo-nyeok]!
12. 만렙(Man-leb] – Level 10,000
만렙[Man-leb] is a combination of 만[Man] (10, 000) and 레벨 (level). Have you ever played an RPG or strategy game like World of Warcraft? This phrase refers to someone who is a master or something, and their level is so good it is like they have achieved the maximum level in a game!
But don’t worry, you can use this phrase for anything — someone who is really good at something (not only games)!
13. 쪼렙[Jjo-leb] – Beginner level
This word is just the opposite of the previous! There are the masters, and then there are the beginners.” This word is a slightly altered version of 쪼그만한 레벨[Jjo-geu-man Level], meaning a small or low level. Not good at tennis and want to let your partner know before the match starts? Let them know you’re 쪼렙[Jjo-leb].
14. 심쿵[Sim-Kung] – Heartthrob (huge crush)
심쿵[Sim-kung] is like a type of emotional heart attack you feel when you see or think about your crush or someone you find extremely attractive! Remember it by knowing that 심장[Sim-jang] means “heart” and 쿵쿵[Kung-kung] is the “thud” or “booming” sound your heartbeat makes!
15. 댓츠노노 – That’s no no
댓츠노노 (“that’s no no) is a Konglish phrase that originated on a popular TV program, and is sure to get laughs! You can use it anytime you disagree with someone or something, or want to say “no.”
16. 까도남 – An abrasive city-man
Short for 까칠한[Kka-chil-han] (abrasive) 도시[Do-si] (city) 남자[Nam-ja] (man), this word is used to describe a certain type of guy who is usually arrogant, rich and full of himself.
17. 대박[Dae-bak] – Awesome
You may well have heard this one a million times before, but it is still popular and widely used. 대박[Dae-bak] is an exclamation that’s meaning has changed from 대박나다[Dae-bak-na-da] (to be very successful) to now mean “awesome” or “wow” or to describe anything that is shocking or amazing!
18. 엄친아[Um-chin-a] / 엄친딸[Um-chin-ttal] – Someone who is good at everything
Short for 엄마친구의 아들[Um-ma Chin-gu-ui A-deul] (my mom’s friend’s son) or  엄마친구의 딸[Um-ma Chin-gu-ui Ttal] (my mom’s friend’s daughter), these phrases are used to describe “the perfect child” or someone who is good at everything.
It originates from the fact that Korean parents like to talk to their children about how “so and so’s” son or daughter did so well on his/her tests, got into a great school or just got a new job at a big company.
19. 행쇼[Haeng-syo] – Let’s be happy
Short for 행복하십시오[Haeng-bok-ha-sip-si-o], this phrase just means “let’s be happy!” You can use it to suggest to others to cheer up and be happy while at the same time sounding cool!
20. 갑[Gap] – The boss
This word was popularized by a comedy program, and 갑[Gap] has come to mean “the boss” or the person with the power dynamic in a group.
To be continued..
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