Below each slang term, we’ll give you a breakdown and explanation so you can understand what the term means exactly.
Pick your favorites, make sure you understand the meaning, and try them out with your Korean friends.
Guys, you can use the same term for a girl who is your friend but isn’t your girlfriend. Like lots of Korean slang (and indeed Korean words in general), these words come from taking the first parts of two other words. The full phrase is 솔직히 까놓고 말하다, but you can keep it simple.
When you want someone to tell it to you straight, use 솔까말.
Remember it by knowing that 심장 means “heart” and 쿵쿵 is the “thud” or “booming” sound your heartbeat makes!
In this case, 플레이 (play) is not referring to playing or fun, but rather to “manipulation.” It is used to express the act of using the media to create a beneficial image for a corporation or celebrity, etc. You can express this idea with “멘붕”, which is a combo of 멘탈 (mental) 붕괴 (deconstruction or collapse).
In Korean, this is more often used to express yourself when your mental status is on the fritz!
If you can’t read the Hangul yet it is possible to learn it in about 90 minutes so what are you waiting for? 남 is short for 남자, meaning “man” 사 is short for 사람, meaning “person” 친 is short for 친구, meaning friend. If you put them together, you get ‘꿀잼’, which can be used to describe something that is fun or interesting. 노 means “no” or “not” 잼 is the first part of 재미있어요, meaning interesting.
Put them all together, and you get man-person-friend, or a male friend. That should save you some typing time on Kakao Talk when you ask somebody if they have a boyfriend or girlfriend. So if you see something that you don’t think is fun or funny, you can say “노잼! The 까 and 말 parts come from 까놓고 말하다, meaning “speak your mind”.
Short for 행복하십시오, this phrase just means “let’s be happy!