23 Popular Korean Expressions That You’ll Always Find In K-Dramas

27 February 2023
By Sarah Angela Almaden
Japanese House
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If your weekly binges include K-dramas, do you ever notice some Korean expressions that recur frequently? They are nothing big but they are surely part of everyday conversations and one of the important ingredients to a perfect, addictive K-drama episode. So if you’re in the mood of doing something new to help improve your listening and speaking skills in Korean, put on a K-drama and let the twists and turns of the show level up your language learning! Here are some Netflix recs to get you started and memorable lines to get you going.

Netflix K-Drama Recommendations Expressions That You’ll Find In K-Dramas
  1. 여보세요 (Yeoboseyo): Hello (when answering the phone)
  2. 보고싶어 (Bogoshipo): I miss you
  3. 엄마 (Eomma): Mom
  4. 아빠 (Appa): Dad
  5. 친구 (Chingu): Friend
  6. 좋아해 (Joh-ahae): I like you
  7. 사랑해 (Saranghae): I love you (formal)
  8. 사랑해요 (Saranghaeyo): I love you (informal)
  9. 배고파 (Baegopa): Are you hungry
  10. 장난해 (Jangnanhae): Are you kidding me
  11. 뻥치지마 (Ppeongchijima): Don’t lie
  12. 아싸 (Assa): Oh yeah
  13. 어쩔 건데 (Eojjeol geonde): What are you going to do
  14. 어떻게 (Eotteoke): How / What to do
  15. 거짓말이야 (Geojinmariya): It’s a lie
  16. 너 미쳤어 (Neo michyeosseo): Are you crazy
  17. 야 (Ya): Hey
  18. 고마워 (Gomawo): Thank you
  19. 감사합니다 (Gamsahamnida): Thank you
  20. 제발 (Jae-bal): Please
  21. 헤어지자 (Haeuhjija): Let’s break up
  22. 가지마 (Gajima): Don’t go
  23. 화이팅 (Hwaiting): Fighting