Korean abbreviations and slang words 

 March 30, 2021

By  Smriti

Have you ever felt frustrated when text-chatting with a Korean person? They often write things in short words or slang words without explaining what they mean. You may wonder why they do that, don’t they know it doesn’t make sense? Why not use normal words? It turns out that it is because Koreans use slang, shortened or abbreviated words and phrases on a daily basis.

Have you ever tried to read posts on Korean internet forums like, Naver, Daum and Nate, but couldn’t make out an abbreviation or slang word that was being used? If so, then you would probably find this list of Korean abbreviations helpful. Many slang words and abbreviations are hard to comprehend for those who aren’t quite familiar with the language. That’s why we decided to prepare a list of Korean abbreviations that came up on Korean internet forums. These abbreviations are mostly used in different types of media such as text messages, tweets and instant messaging services.

There are several different slang words and abbreviations used in Korean. Here are some useful abbreviations which are helpful in your everyday conversation with Koreans :

No.

English Word

Korean Word

Abbreviation

1

Hi 

하이

ㅎㅇ 

2

Thank you.

감사

ㄱ ㅅ 

3

No

노노

ㄴ ㄴ

4

Tsk

ㅉ ㅉ

5

Okay

오케이 

ㅇㅋ

6

Sorry

 죄송

ㅈ ㅅ

7

Laugh

크크크 / 흐흐흐

ㅋㅋㅋ / ㅎㅎㅎ

8

Congratulations

축하

 ㅊㅋ

9

Yes

ㅇ ㅇ

10

Where?

어디?

ㅇㄷ

11

It's Okay ( informal )

괜찮아

ㄱㅊ

12

Man

남자

ㄴㅈ

13

Woman

여자

ㅇㅈ

14

Shut Up

닥쳐

ㄷㅊ 

15

Shivering / Scary 

덜덜

ㄷㄷ

16

Let's go / Let's do it

고 고 

ㄱ ㄱ

17

Bye

바이 바이

ㅂ ㅂ

18

Like this

이렇게

일캐

19

Awesome

대박

ㄷㅂ

20

Happy Birthday (informal)

생일 축하해

생축

21

Study Hard

열심히 공부해요

열공 

No.

English Word

Korean Word

Abbreviation

22

Now

지금

 짐

23

Teacher

선생님

24

How 

어떻게

어케

25

Next time 

다음

26

Screenshot

스크린샷

스샷

27

Read a chat without interacting

눈 채팅

 눈팅 

28

Highly recommended 

강력 추천

강추

29

Password

비밀번호

비번

30

Computer

컴퓨터

31

Email

메일

32

Game

게임

33

We / Our / My

 우리

34

Annoying 

짜증나

 짱나

35

But / by the way

그런데

근데

36

Because of 

 때문에

땜에

37

If not / Or 

아니면

아님

38

Okay 

알겠어

알써

39

First time

처음

40

Tomorrow

내일 

41

The most 

제일

42

I like 

좋아

조아

43

Nice to meet you

반갑습니다

 방가

44

Wait

기다려주세요

ㄱㄷ

45

Crying eyes ( similar to emoticons like T-T )

ㅠㅠ / ㅜㅜ

ㅠㅠ / ㅜㅜ

46

Smiling eyes

^ ^

^ ^

47

So what

어쩔

ㅇㅉ

48

No fun

노 재미

노잼

49

Very amusing or fun

꿀 핵노잼

꿀잼

50

To be honest

솔직히 까놓고 말해서

솔까말

51

Extremely disgusting

극한 혐오

극혐

52

Sick

쩐다/쩔어/쩌네

쩐다/쩔어/쩌네

53

Female friend

여자 사람 친구

여사친

54

Guy friend

남자 사람 친구

남사친

55

Girlfriend

여자 친구

여친

56

Boyfriend

남자 친구

남친

One of the great things about Korean is how easy it is to make abbreviations out of the words. This can be useful in a text message where you don't want to take up your friends' time with your texts, or if you want to avoid abbreviations that may be ambiguous or hard to remember. There are also many ad-lib words that aren't exactly slang, but are used a lot in daily speech, so we have included those as well.

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