Jk, lmao, lol, omg. English has tons of text talk, and so does Korean. If you’ve been chatting with native Korean speakers via Hellotalk, Italki, or KakaoTalk (if you want to find a language partner, read this post), you may have seen many abbreviations already – but do you know what they mean? Over time, you’ll start to accumulate more and more text-talk acronyms in Korean, but here’s a quick and easy list to get you started on the basics!
- 오케이 – Okay
- 응/웅 – Yeah, uh-huh (응 is informal whereas 네 and 예 are formal)
- 노노 – “No” doubled for extra effect. Using just one ‘no’? That’s ㄴㄴ!
- 감사감사/감사합니다 – Thanks
- 죄송/죄송합니다 – Sorry
- 인정 – Acknowledged (This can be like saying “Yeah, agreed”)
- 바이바이 – Bye-bye
- 덜덜 떨다 – Verb phrase for “to tremble all over”. Use when…
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