Have you noticed that sometimes you use Korean words without thinking? There are some that have become popular thanks to K-Pop and K-Dramas.
Thanks to the popularization of K-Pop and K-Dramas, there are many other things from Korea that became popular all over the world, we have here some words that became famous among fans of the Korean training medium.
Currently K-Pop is one of the most listened to and well-known musical genres worldwide. This is thanks to the work of the artists and groups we have in this type of music. Now it is something that many people enjoy and that did not only stay in Korea or Asia.
Another great contribution of Korea to entertainment are K-Dramas, series with very talented Korean actors that have become very popular due to their plots, characters, stories and more that has completely captivated the public. And more now that we can find Korean dramas on well-known platforms such as Netflix.
Both K-Pop and K-Drama now have millions of fans around the world who have taken a little piece of Korea to the farthest continents of Asia. This has made more people interested in the culture, history, and more of that country, and there are even those who are learning Korean now who are followers of Korean groups or actors.
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But even for those of us who don’t take Korean classes, there are some Korean words we know that became popular because of K-Pop and K-Dramas. What are they?
10 Korean Words Everyone Now Knows About K-Pop and K-Dramas
Probably the word ‘Oppa’ is one of the most popular and known, this became popular because we can hear it in many K-Pop songs of female groups as popular as BLACKPINK. In addition to this word that means ‘big brother’ when a woman addresses a boy, it is also widely used in K-Dramas.
We have all seen our favorite idols do ‘Aegyo’, this is the word that refers to acting cute or cute, there are K-Pop artists who do it very well like Joohoney from MONSTA X and there are others who do not like to act this way like Woozi from SEVENTEEN.
Maybe you have uploaded your own photo on the ‘Selca’ day of your favorite K-Pop group, this is the way in which Koreans call the selfie that now that I think about it is also a foreignism, in Spanish would we say self-portrait? Well, selca is cool too.
Surely you have said ‘Saranghae‘ to your favorite Korean bias or actor and this word means ‘I love you’ or ‘I love you’, awww! Many fans know this word and even SEVENTEEN created a trend using the name of its members mixed with this word, all by Hoshi who has his Horanghae.
Although we can usually hear the ‘Hwaiting‘ more like ‘Figthing’, it is like a word of support like saying: ‘échale ganas’ or ‘count on me’ and since many Korean idols and actors tell their fans, so it is common to hear it or read it in more places.
‘Sunbae‘ or ‘Sunbaenim‘ are words used to respectfully address someone who has a greater experience than us in a certain field, it is what many rookie idols say to other artists whose groups debuted before them and therefore have a greater authority based on their experience.
If you don’t know the word ‘Chingu’ from K-Pop or K-Dramas, you know it from TikToker and YouTuber Chinguamiga, LOL. This word means ‘friend’ and we know that many fans learned it because it was almost a basic one.
In many K-Pop songs and also in K-Dramas you have surely heard the word ‘Molla’ pronounced simply as ‘Mola‘, this means ‘I don’t know’ and appears in many of our favorite tracks.
Another word that we have heard a lot is ‘Ottoke’, this means ‘What should I do?’, perhaps it is a very easy expression to use and also quite easy to learn and that is why it is so popular among fans of K-Pop and Korean dramas because it is very learnable.
‘Juseyo‘ is another easy word in Korean, maybe that’s why it is also very easy to learn and popularized by being used by idols or in K-Dramas, this means ‘Please’, although its more informal way is also popular, maybe you have heard it as ‘Jaebal’.