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.
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 ㅎㅎ . The character ㅎ 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? ㅎㅎ , whcih means, what are you doing /haha/, to your friends. If something is really funny you can type ㅋㅋㅋ whick is similar to LOL. ㅋㅋㅋ is the most commonly used Korean emoticon.
- Crying face: (ㅠ_ㅠ), (ㅜ_ㅜ), (ㅜ.ㅜ), (ㅠㅠ), (ㅜㅜ), (;ㅅ;), (ㅜㅡ)
- Smiley face: (^_^), (^^), (^0^)
- Surprised face: (ㅇㅅㅇ) , (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 – 다 to -타 making it to have a softer sound in the end. Examples are 싫다 to 싫타 (I don’t like), 좋다 to 좋타 (I like).
Another is changing the vowel sounds from ‘u’ to ‘yu’, or ‘o’ to ‘u; to make it cuter. Examples are 공부 to 공뷰 (study), 진짜로 to진짜루 (really), or 뭐 하고 있어 to 뭐하구잇어 (what are you doing). You can also add ㅇ/-ng/ at the end sentences that ends in -yo . So instead of normally saying 안녕하세요 (annyeonghaseyo) you can type it cutely in 안녕하세용. Other examples are 맞아용 (that’s right), and 보고싶어용 (I miss you).
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:
- ㄱㅅ, stands for 감사 (gamsa) a short variation of “Thank you”
- ㅇㅋ, stands for 오케이 (okay)
- ㅇㅇ, stands for 응응 (eung eung ) meaning “Yes.”
- ㄴㄴ, stands for 노노 meaning “no no” , or to disagree
- ㄷㄷ, stands for 덜덜 (deoldeol), to express that you are scared and is shivering
- ㅁㄹ, stands for 몰라 (molla) a short variation of “I don’t know”
- ㅉㅉ, stands for 쯧쯧 (jjeutjjeut) meaning “tsk tsk”
- ㅎㅇ, stands for 하이 (hai) meaing “hello” or “hi”
- ㅂㅂ, stands for 바이바이 (baibai) meaning “Goodbye” , you can also use ㅃㅃ for a cutter version.
- ㅊㅋㅊㅋ, stands for 축하축하 (chukachuka) a short variation of“congratulations.”
- ㅈㅅ, stands for 죄송 (joesong) a short variation of “sorry”.
Chat your friends now and practice your Hangul. Enjoy ^^.