When someone opens a business, people will wish them “Dae-bak” by saying “대박나세요! ] It can be used to express both 2) 훈남/훈녀[Hum nam/Hum neo] – This term refers to a person who is charming and gives off a soft/gentle aurora. This term originates from the phrase, 훈훈하다 [hun hun ha da], which means heart-warming.
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There are words that never appear in your Korean textbooks that are nevertheless crucial in holistically understanding what your Korean friend/drama/tv-show is saying.
Here are 10 slangs that are commonly used in vernacular Korean.
1) 대박 [Dae-bak] – Most often used to express the idea of gaining a big fortune.
An English equivalent may be “jack-pot” because this phrase is sometimes used in association with gambling.
4) 행쇼 [Haeng-syo] – This phrase, popularized by Korea’s music/fashion/trend icon G-dragon, is a shorten word for 행복하십쇼 [haeng bok ha sip syo] which means “Be happy” in honorifics.
It’s used to say goodbye – English equivalent would be “Peace”- or literally “Be happy”. 9) 멘붕 [men bung] – It’s a shorten form of 멘탈붕괴 [men tal bung goe], which is a combination of the English word “mental” and the word 붕괴,which means to deconstruct. It originates from the word 뭐임[mwo im], which means “What is it?
6) 갑이다/을이다 [gab i da/ eur i da] – Gab/Eur are words used to express the power dynamic between two people or groups. Mental here refers to the mental state of the person, and hence, Men Bung means to experience mental shock aka. It was first used amongst the Korean Starcraft players in 2011. [Sa hoe hak non mun sseu neu ra men bung i ya ji geum] 10) 뭥미? ” When you type 뭐임 quickly using the Korean keyboard, you often end up with 뭥미, which is how this word came about.
You’ll often hear Korean moms talk about another mom’s son to their son.
It goes something like this, “You know my friend Heejung, right?
Well, her son was elected by the government to go to Italy this year for a math competition 김태희 [Kim Tae Hee], a famous Korean actress is often referred as Korea’s representative Um-chin-dttal.
She graduated from Seoul National University (Uof T of Korea), succeeded in her career as an actress, and is also super pretty.