It’s hard not to catch a vibe or feel the beautiful energy from Korea without even being there. The music (K-pop, K-ballad, especially the OSTs), dramas, fashion sense, beauty products, food and the handsome “oppas”.
Even if you can’t read in Hangul, you’ve never been to Hanguk or you’re new to the K-world, these are surely words you are familiar with.
1. Gwaenchana (It is alright)
That word we say to comfort people around us or tell them that no matter what bullsh*t they put us through, we don’t have a choice other than to forgive them. Gwaenchana, you evil one.
2. Gajima (Don’t go)
This word makes me want to drag all my oppa deul by the ear and tell them to stay unmarried till I find the plane ticket to Seoul. Your love is about leave you and breakfast seems inevitable? Save that relationship with “gajima”.
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3. Aigoo (Aigoo, osumi in Yoruba)
This is my personal favourite. The current state of UAR is enough to frustrate me into saying this every millisecond. Not even with this strike and everything that has been impeding my school life. Aigoo.
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4. Wae (Why?)
So I have to keep spending my own money on foods I eat? Everywhere I go current or savings. Wae? Wae?
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5. Na ga
Toxic relationships? Headaches from school or work? Annoying best friend? Sapa? Those are the things you need to preach those words to because they really need to get out. I can’t hear you shouting and sending out the negativities with na ga.
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6. Yeppeuda (You’re beautiful)
To all the women in the world regardless of any indiscrimination you might have suffered for existing and living your life to the fullest, yeppeuda. Happy International Women’s Day to you all and never be afraid to break the bias.
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7. Hwaiting (Fighting)
Every now and then we all need a pick me up. What perfect word is there to tell the people we love when they can’t find their energy or motivation? We need to keep them going and tell them to keep fighting through the storms. If you’re the one who needs this, I’m here for you. Hwaiting! You can do this.
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8. Jugeullae (Do you wanna die?)
A word everyone that tries to ruin K-love deserves to hear. How can you ruin my dreams of trying to get to Korea or call my love for Korea an obsession? Jugeullae?
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9. Bogoshipeo (I miss you)
I miss you. There’s a way this is said with so much longing in ones voice that you can’t help but feel every note. It also means “I want to see you”, the very word I say everyday to the Korean foods I want to eat when I get to go to Kwangya (a safe space for NCTzens).
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10. Kol (Deal, Call)
Do you like this? Will you want to read more K-contents? Why haven’t you typed “kol” in the comment section?
What other words did I miss? I’ll love to know about them in the comment section. Kaja!!!
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