Here Are 25 Korean Slangs You Must Know, According to Indie K-Pop Star Grazy Grace

Essential Korean slang you should know.

Grazy Grace, most commonly known as Grace, posted a YouTube video informing her viewers on the hot and trending Korean slangs you must know if you want to sound fluent in Korean. These slangs will definitely help you if you’re learning Korean and want to sound as casual and as fluent as possible.

1. 뽀샵 (Bbo-Shop)

뽀샵, pronounced as bbo-shop, means photoshop. It can be used to describe people who over edit their photos.

2. 대박 (Dae-bak)

대박, pronounced as daebak, is an exclamation used when something is amazing, or a success. She also says that it could mean “that’s bomb” or a jackpot.

3. 헐 (Heol)

헐, or heol, means “Oh my God.” Its meaning can change depending on the tone of voice and/or the context.

4. JMT (전맟탕/Jeon Mat Tang)

JMT means “so f***ing good” and is used when eating something delicious.

5. 간기 (Kanki/Gangi)

간기 or kanki/gangi means something cool and/or fashionable.

6. 고고씽 (Go Go Ssing)

고고씽 or go go ssing means “let’s go!”

7. 콜 (Keol/Call)

콜 is similar to 고고씽. It can also mean “let’s go!”, or it can just mean “yes” or “I’m down!”

8. 여친 and 남친 (Yeo Chin/Nam Chin)

여친 and 남친 means girlfriend and boyfriend, respectively.

9. 꺼져 (Kke-jyeo)

꺼져 is used when wanting someone to leave you alone or to get away.

10. 짱 (Jjang)

짱 is used when describing something that is the best.

11. 닥쳐 (Dak Chuh)

닥쳐 is used to tell someone to shut up or be quiet.

12. 악블 (Ak Pul)

악블 means hate comments or mean comments.

13. 훈남 and 훈녀 (Hoon Nam/Hoon Nyu)

훈남 and 훈녀 means attractive man and attract girl, respectively.

14. PPL

PPL means “product placement.” It’s used to reference ads or sponsorships.

15. 알바 (Al Ba)

알바 means “part-time job.”

16. 멘붕 (Men Boong)

멘붕 means “mental breakdown.”

17. 셀카 (Selca)

셀카 means “selfie.” It is short for “self-camera.”

18. 땡긴다 (Daeng Gin Da)

땡긴다 refers to when someone is craving something to eat.

19. 치맥 (Chi Maek)

치맥 means “chicken and beer.” This is popular with young adults in Korea who want to hang out with their friends since it is usually done with chicken and beer.

20. 베브 (Bae-Peu)

베브 is used when referring to someone as your best friend.

21. 쌤 (Ssem)

쌤 means “teacher.”

22. 인싸 and 안싸 (In Ssa/An Ssa)

인싸 and 안싸 means insider and outsider, respectively. These words are usually used on the internet. Insider refers to when someone knows all the new news while an outsider is completely clueless.

23. 암친아/암친딸 (Eom Chin Ah/Eom Chin Ddal)

암친아/암친딸 means “My mother’s friend’s son” or “my mother’s friend’s daughter). It refers to the kid your parents always compare you too.

24. 심쿵 (Shim Kung)

심쿵 refers to the sensation of your heart racing. Most K-Pop fans would be familiar with this word from AOA‘s song “Heart Attack.”

25. 노잼 (No Jam)

노잼 refers to someone or something that is no fun.


Watch the whole video here.