Welcome to Destination KPop India‘s new special feature, Let’s Learn Korean! Through this series, we shall be learning more about the beautiful Korean language, or Hanguk-eo (한국어) or Chosŏnmal (조선말) as it is known in South Korea and North Korea respectively. Approximately 80 million people worldwide speak Korean, and starting from now, so will you!
1. Annyeong (안녕) / Annyeonghaseyo (안녕하세요)
This versatile word can be used both as “Hi” and “Bye”. Annyeong is the informal version that you can use with friends, while annyeonghaseyo is used for formal occasions, or to show respect.[caption id="attachment_24543" align="aligncenter" width="520"] Actor Lee Minho Says “Annyeonghaseyo!”[/caption]
2. Sarang (사랑)
“Love” That’s it. That’s all you need in the world.[caption id="attachment_24547" align="aligncenter" width="1800"] AOA’s Mina Sends You Love![/caption]
3. Hwaiting (화이팅) / Fighting or Paiting (파이팅)
“Let’s go!” / “You can do it!” This word is used to show encouragement. You must have heard idol groups say it frequently![caption id="attachment_24545" align="aligncenter" width="500"] BTS’ Jungkook Says “Fighting!”[/caption]
4. Aegyo (애교)
“Super cuteness”. A cute display of affection often expressed through a cute/ baby voice, facial expressions, and gestures. Aegyo literally means behaving in a coquette-ish manner and idols are known for behaving this way![caption id="attachment_24548" align="aligncenter" width="600"] EXID’s Hani Shows Off Her Killer Aegyo![/caption]
5. Oppa (오빠)
“Older brother,” it is a term used by girls when speaking to guys, also loosely used to flirt and show affection for an older guy not related to a girl.[caption id="attachment_24546" align="aligncenter" width="598"] The Super Junior Oppas Are Here to Save the Day![/caption]
Hope you enjoyed this post! Look forward to the next installment of this series! Which Korean words did you pick up from songs or dramas that have now become a part of your vocabulary?