As many as you know, every country has their own slang and so does Korea! Some of the Korean slang are short forms of original words or combination of two words.
So, here’s the 10 Korean slangs you should know to be an insider!
1. 인싸 (Insider)
인싸[In-ssa] 인싸 in Korea is someone who gets along very well with lots of people, follows all the trends and very cool! The slang derived from 인사이더 which means Insider!
2. 아싸 (Outsider)
아싸 [A-ssa] is the opposite of 인싸. It is referring to somebody who prefers to isolate themselves and be alone. However, this is not a negative thing, but people usually make fun of this.
3. 아재 (Behind trend)
아재 derived from 아저씨[a-jeo-ssi] which mean “middle-aged” or to put it simply as “mister”. People will call you 아재 if you are acting like 아저씨 and far behind from the current trend.
4. 존맛탱 (Freaking delicious!)
The slang holds the meaning of ‘freaking delicious!’ The slang itself derives from a sentence that has been shortened which is 존나[jon na]: Freaking 맛있는[mat it nun]: delicious and 탱[taeng] which is just added for a funny sound. You may use this slang if you are eating with your Korean friends, they might be shocked!
5. 존버 (Endure until the end)
Means to hold out or endure until only one survivor left. This slang usually use in gaming like PUBG 존나[jon na]: Freaking 버티다[beo ti da]: to hold out. So if you’re having a game and need to be in a team with Koreans, you can say this to give motivation to hold out until the game ends.
6. 아아 (Ice Americano)
아이스 아메리카노[Iced Americano]= Ice Americano coffee. So, let say you want to buy iced americano in one of the cafes in Korea, instead of talking like a foreigner, you may want to use this and this slang also will save your time upon ordering.
7. 꼰대 (Stubborn older person)
It’s slightly different than 아재. 꼰대 Is an older person or upper class who doesn’t make an effort to understand usually the youth or new things and be fixed to their opinion. In a simple word, people call it an OK boomer. So, note to everyone, try to be considerate and respect each other opinion.
8. 월화수목금금금 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Fri, Fri)
This slang literal meaning is (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Friday, Friday). This slang is used when people feel like there are no weekends or have to work during weekends.
As examples, this reflects the life of workers or students who have no time to rest even during the weekend and have to work (for someone else, not own effort) or study extra hours. This slang is an example of revealing the dark side of South Korea in squeezing manpower.
9. 맛점 (Delicious lunch)
It’s a combination of 맛있는 점심 (delicious lunch). This slang is used by the younger generation but these days the slang has become famous amongst adults.
While in Korea, if you ever taste something delicious on your first bite (All food in Korea is delicious) you can say the slang to practice! But if you are hungry, dig in and you can say the slang afterwards.
10. 만렙 (Level capped)
It literally means “level capped”.The word “만” is borrowed from Chinese (Hanja) which means full. The word “렙” is a shortened form for “레벨,” or “level (as in, the level of a game). So if someone said this to you that you are 만렙 in something (eg: languages), then it means that you are on the fullest level where there is no more room for improvement and you are the best!
Say this to your Korean friend or friends who’s practicing Korean to give compliment to them.
Interested to know Korean slang to use for next year Valentine Day? Check out Top 10 Interesting Korean Slangs for Valentine’s Day