12 Most Common and Popular Korean Exclamations 

 September 3, 2017

By  Satish Satyarthi

The best way to sound like a native Korean is to use Korean exclamatory expressions or interjections frequently when having a conversation. The exclamations not only make the ย conversation more engaging but also make your Korean sound more natural and fluent than it really is. ๐Ÿ™‚ In this article we will learn 12 most commonly used Korean exclamations.


1. ํ—~~ย  (Pronounced like ‘Hull’)

OMG! It’s a slang word to express your mild surprise, shock.
A : ๋‚˜ ๋ฌธ์— ์†๊ฐ€๋ฝ ์ฐง์˜€์–ด I got my finger slammed in the door.
B : ํ—, ๊ดœ์ฐฎ์•„? Are you OK?
(Similar Expression: ํ—‰)

2. ๋Œ€๋ฐ•! (Daebak)

WOW!ย  WOAH! That’s Cool! EPIC!
A; I got the first rank in university.
B: ๋Œ€๋ฐ•~~~ or may be ๋Œ€~~~~~~~๋ฐ•! (The pronunciation of ๋Œ€ will be stretched in proportion to amount of surprise) ๐Ÿ™‚

3. ์•„์ด๊ตฌ/์•„์ด๊ณ ! (Aaigu/Aaigo)

OOPS! Ohh! (Used by older ladies mainly)
์•„์ด๊ณ  is an interjection used to express mild dismay, chagrin, surprise, etc., as at one’s own mistake, a clumsy act, or social blunder. It is just like saying ‘oops’ in English.
(Similar Expression: ์–ด๋จธ๋‚˜/ ์–ด๋จธ)

4. ์ง„์งœ or ์ •๋ง? (Jinch’a or Jeongmal)

Really??? (Use ์ง„์งœ์š”/์ •๋ง์š” with older people.)

5. ์šฐ์™€ [u-wa]


6. ์—์ด (ei) ย 

Used when you donโ€™t believe someone. It’s like saying ‘you’re stupid’ or ‘Are you kidding me?’ to someone close
Girl: I think I have gained weight.
Boy: ์—์ด.. ๋ญ์•ผ?

7. ์งฑ (J’ang)

Awesome, Cool!
A: How is this dress looking?
B: ์งฑ์ด์•ผ.

8. ๋ญ/๋ญ๋ผ๊ณ /๋„ค? (Mwo/Mworago/Ne?)

What? What did you say? (They show a feeling of shock or surprise)

โ€˜๋„ค?โ€™ is also used where you couldnโ€™t hear something and want the speaker to repeat (like โ€“ pardon).

9. ๊ทธ๋ž˜์š”? (geu-rae-yo?)

Is that so?
A: ์„ ์ƒ๋‹˜, ์ด ์ฑ…์ด ์ง„์งœ ์–ด๋ ค์›Œ์š”.
B: ์•„~ ๊ทธ๋ž˜์š”?

10. ๊ทธ๋ ‡๊ตฌ๋‚˜/๊ทธ๋ ‡๊ตฐ์š” (geu-reo-kuna/ Geu-rao-kunyo)

I see. (Used as an affirmative response.)

A: ์„ ์ƒ๋‹˜, ์ด ์ฑ…์ด ์ง„์งœ ์–ด๋ ค์›Œ์š”.
B: ์•„~ ๊ทธ๋ž˜์š”?

11. ๊ธ€์Ž„/ ๊ธ€์Ž„์š” (geul-se/geul-seyo)

Well, I am not sure.. (while thinking a response)

A: ์ˆ˜์ง„์ด ์–ด๋”” ๊ฐ”์–ด์š”?
B: ๊ธ€์Ž„.. ์•„๋งˆ ์‹œ์žฅ์— ๊ฐ„ ๊ฒƒ ๊ฐ™์• .

12. ์•ผ! (Ya)

This one word can mean so many things. Itโ€™s used to show different types of emotions including affection, frustration, anger etc.


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  • Thanks for the Information! I love K-pop and was considering learning Korean and I figured this would be a good place to start.

  • Thanks! But for ๊ทธ๋ ‡๊ตฌ๋‚˜/๊ทธ๋ ‡๊ตฐ์š” the example sentence is the same that for ๊ทธ๋ž˜์š”?

    A copy/paste mistake I presume

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