Chat & Text in Korean Like a Pro

One more trick to practice your Korean is through using it in daily texting or chatting. Try it with your friends so you can learn together. It’s also a fun way to enjoy learning Hangul. use emoticons, slangs, and saying like a local Korean below.

Emoticons

Hangul’s characters are made with tons of shapes and strokes. Koreans are very creative because they use hangul expressing emoticons. Aside from using smileys like 😊, they prefer using ^^ or γ…Žγ…Ž . The character γ…Ž in romanized is h, and conveys a haha or hehe -a giggle sound. So if you are really in a good mood and want to add a giggle to your text you can say for example 뭐해? γ…Žγ…Ž , whcih means, what are you doing /haha/, to your friends. If something is really funny you can type γ…‹γ…‹γ…‹ whick is similar to LOL. γ…‹γ…‹γ…‹ is the most commonly used Korean emoticon.

Others:

  • Crying face: (γ… _γ… ), (γ…œ_γ…œ), (γ…œ.γ…œ), (γ… γ… ), (γ…œγ…œ), (;γ……;), (γ…œγ…‘)
  • Smiley face: (^_^), (^^), (^0^)
  • Surprised face: (γ…‡γ……γ…‡) , (ㅇㅁㅇ), (ㅁㅅㅁ)

Aegyo/Cute Misspelled Words

Just like in any other country, like hanging ‘I want to’ to ‘I wanna’, typing ‘lyf’ instead of life, Korea also has its own version of chat styles. One common style is changing the end sentence with – λ‹€ to -타  making it to have a softer sound in the end. Examples are μ‹«λ‹€ to 싫타 (I don’t like), μ’‹λ‹€ to 쒋타 (I like).

Another is changing the vowel sounds from ‘u’ to ‘yu’, or ‘o’ to ‘u; to make it cuter. Examples are 곡뢀 to 곡뷰 (study), μ§„μ§œλ‘œ toμ§„μ§œλ£¨ (really), or 뭐 ν•˜κ³  μžˆμ–΄ to λ­ν•˜κ΅¬μž‡μ–΄ (what are you doing). You can also add γ…‡/-ng/ at the end sentences that ends in -yo . So instead of normally saying μ•ˆλ…•ν•˜μ„Έμš” (annyeonghaseyo) you can type it cutely in μ•ˆλ…•ν•˜μ„Έμš©. Other examples are λ§žμ•„μš© (that’s right), and λ³΄κ³ μ‹Άμ–΄μš© (I miss you).

Slangs

Knowing a few slangs will come in handy because it is simply a shortcut version of long texts like brb (be right back), nvm (never mind), and idk (I don’t know). Here’s a list you can remember:

  • γ„±γ……, stands for 감사 (gamsa) a short variation of β€œThank you”
  • γ…‡γ…‹, stands for μ˜€μΌ€μ΄ (okay)
  • γ…‡γ…‡, stands for 응응 (eung eung ) meaning β€œYes.”
  • γ„΄γ„΄, stands for λ…Έλ…Έ meaning β€œno no” , or to disagree
  • γ„·γ„·, stands for 덜덜 (deoldeol), to express that you are scared and is shivering
  • ㅁㄹ, stands for λͺ°λΌ (molla) a short variation of β€œI don’t know”
  • γ…‰γ…‰, stands for μ―§μ―§ (jjeutjjeut) meaning β€œtsk tsk”
  • γ…Žγ…‡, stands for ν•˜μ΄ (hai) meaing β€œhello” or β€œhi”
  • γ…‚γ…‚, stands for 바이바이 (baibai) meaning β€œGoodbye” , you can also use γ…ƒγ…ƒ for a cutter version.
  • γ…Šγ…‹γ…Šγ…‹, stands for μΆ•ν•˜μΆ•ν•˜ (chukachuka) a short variation ofβ€œcongratulations.” 
  • γ…ˆγ……, stands for 죄솑 (joesong) a short variation of β€œsorry”.

Chat your friends now and practice your Hangul. Enjoy ^^.

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