If you have been following Korean Tv shows or drama, you’ve probably noticed people use encouraging words such as ” 파이팅 hwaiting” (Fighting).
Today, we will be sharing the top 15 words of encouragement in Korean which you can use to cheer on your family, friends or even favorite K-pop stars.
1. 파이팅! hwaiting [Go]
You’ve probably already noticed, 파이팅 hwaiting is borrowed from the English word “fighting”. However, this word does not necessarily mean to engage in the act of “fighting” rather it is a Konglish word that refers to fighting spirit.
파이팅! hwaiting is often used to wish good luck or to lift the team spirit by saying cheer up!
대한민국 파이팅, daehanminguk hwaiting! [Go, Korea]
2. 괜찮아 gwenchana [It’s okay]
You can use this word to comfort someone who is feeling sad, depressed or worried with a low pitch
A: I am feeling sad because I lost my lipstick…
B: 괜찮아. You can buy another one.
3. 힘내 himne [Cheer up!]
You can use to cheer up someone who is feeling sad.
A: My girlfriend just broke up with me…
B: 힘내! I am here for you.
4. 할 수 있어 hal su isseo [You can do it]
You can use this phrase to someone who is feeling doubtful about doing something or to simply encourage someone before they do something important – exams or sports
A: I am really anxious about the football match tonight
B: 할 수 있어! You’ve been preparing for years for this day.
5. 포기하지마 pogihajima [Don’t give up]
You can use this phrase to cheer on someone who is feeling discouraged, demotivated and on the verge to give up on something.
A: I don’t think I will be chosen to debut for the new K-pop girl band
B: 포기하지마! You can always try again for a different girl group!
6. 정하지 마 geokjeonghaji ma [Don’t worry]
You can use this phrase when someone is worried about an issue.
A: I think I am going to fail the Seneung exams.
B: 정하지 마! I am pretty sure, you did your best.
7. 자랑스러워 jarangseureoweo [I’m proud of you]
You can use this phrase to tell someone how you are proud of them or their achievements!
A: Omma, I got accepted into Seoul National University
B: Congrats! 자랑스러워!
8. 잘했어 jalhesseo [You nailed it]
You can use this phrase when somebody did something exactly right or perfect. You can think of someone trying to hammer a nail into a board. They hit the nail so perfectly that the nail goes straight into the board very well. If you scored 100% on an exam, you “nailed it”.
A: I got 100% for my Mathematic test!
B: Oh wow! 잘했어!
9. 꿈을 이루길 바랄게 ggumeul irugil baralge [I hope your dreams come true]
You can use this phrase when someone tells you of their dreams.
A: I hope to be an actress starring in K-drama’s someday!
B: This is ambitious! 꿈을 이루길 바랄게.
The next few phrases you can use it on your favorite K-pop stars or Korean celebrities.
10. 살빼지마세요 salppaejimaseyo [Please don’t lose any weight]
K-pop star: I have been dieting because I want to lose weight
Fan: Your body is fine! 살빼지마세요
11. 당신은 소중한 사람이에요 dangsineun sojunghan saramieyo [You’re a special person]
K-pop star: I don’t think I am good enough comparing to my other band members.
Fan: 당신은 소중한 사람이에요
12. 난 항상 응원 할게요 nan hangsang eungwon halgeyo [I’ll always support you]
K-pop star: I think I am leaving this K-popindustry because I want to focus on my mental health.
Fan: It is okay. 난 항상 응원 할게요
13. 푹 쉬세요 puk swiseyo [Please rest well]
K-pop star: I am sorry for canceling the upcoming show because I am not feeling well physically.
Fan: It is okay. We understand that you are tired! 푹 쉬세요
14. 행복하세요 haengbokaseyo [Please be happy]
K-pop star: I have been feeling sad lately…
Fan: Dont worry, everything will be alright soon. 행복하세요!
15. 실수해도 괜찮아요 silsuhaedo gwaenchanayo [It’s ok if you make a mistake.]
K-pop: I am sorry if my comment has hurt some of my fan’s feelings>
Fan: 실수해도 괜찮아요. We are all humans after all.