So, how many of you would like to speak Korean fluently? Some of you might have been learning Korean and it’s about time you start wondering how to speak Korean like a native speaker. Right? Well, if you have stumbled across this article, it means you are searching for a way.
We all are native speakers of our own languages. Hence, we speak so naturally without even thinking about “the science” of the particular language. What are those words that native speakers use but never learned from language textbooks? No, not swear words (at least not what I’m talking about now :P)! As mentioned in the title, it’s slang. Slang words are some informal words that are widely used conversationally (colloquial). For instance, just like an Aussie would say “saw a roo in the arvo! (I saw a kangaroo in the afternoon)” You will not see that in your English textbook.
Korean culture emphasizes a lot on showing respect and politeness, thus the honorifics in the language. Nonetheless, Korean slang words are often used in Koreans’ daily conversations, especially among the younger generation, like teenagers. Some slang words are just abbreviations of certain phrases. Let’s take a look at some Korean slang words that are commonly used in Korea nowadays. Adding some of these words into your conversation will make you sound like a native. Moreover, I assure you that your Korean friends would be impressed!
1. 짱 (jjang)— awesome, the best
“빅뱅이 짱이야” (bigbang-ee jjang-ee-ya)>> Big Bang is awesome!
“짱 맛있어!” (jjang mat-siss-o)>> It’s super delicious!
Additionally, “얼 짱” (eol-jjang) is the abbreviation of “얼굴 짱” (eol-gul jjang)means a pretty/ beautiful face.
2. 대박 (dae-bak) — great, awesome, cool
When you hear EXO is listed in the book of the Guinness World Records, you can say “우와 대박!”(oo-wa dae-bak)>> Wow! Cool!
Furthermore, you can also use “EXO 짱이야”!
3. 불금 (bul-geum) — TGIF
불금 is the shortened form of 불타는 금요일 (bul-ta-neun geum-yo-il). It literally means “burning Friday”. TGIF, indeed.
4. 헐 (heul)— OMG
You can use 헐 when you’re surprised, or in a situation when you are speechless.
When your friend tells you he/she just spent 300 dollars on Girls’ Generation merchandise, you’re speechless. Therefore, you can say “헐…”
5. 멘붕 (men-bung)— mental breakdown
멘붕 is the abbreviation of 멘탈 붕괴 (men-tal boong-gwi, mental breakdown).
When you accidentally deleted all photos of your birthday party without backing them up. In that case, it’s a 멘붕 moment there.