Confused by Korean text slang? Don’t worry, you’re not alone! If you watch Korean dramas or are a fan of K-pop, you have probably encountered lots of Korean text slang. Often this text slang is a short form of a Korean word or is a cute way to say something while texting in Korean. In this post, we will teach you all about Korean text slang and their meanings so you can use these cute words next time you’re texting your Korean friends.
ㅋㅋㅋ [k k k] is the Korean equivalent of lol (laugh out loud). ㅋㅋㅋ (sometimes written as 크크크 [kuh-kuh-kuh] represents the sound of laughter and is a common Korean text slang used to express that you find something funny when texting in Korean. The more ㅋ you add, the more you are laughing.
ㅊㅋ is short for 축하 [chu-ka] or 축하해요 [chu-ka-hae-yo] which means congratulations in Korean. ㅊㅋ is used as Korean text slang when you want to congratulate someone in a cute way.
ㄱㅅ is short for 감사 [gam-sa] (thanks). ㄱㅅ is a cute way of saying thank you in Korean while texting with close friends.
ㅎㅎㅎ is short for 하하하 (ha-ha-ha), which is the sound of laughing. Like ㅋㅋㅋ, you can add more ㅎ to show you find something really funny.
ㅇㅇ comes from 응, which is an informal way to say “Yes” in Korean. If you have read our lesson on how to say Yes and No in Korean, then you know that the standard polite way to say yes is 네. As with all text slang, ㅇㅇ is informal, so only use it with close friends, family, and those younger than you.
ㅜㅜ is text slang which shows you are crying or sad. The characters ㅜㅜ resemble closed eyes with tears. A variation of this text slang is ㅠㅠ, which again resembles closed eyes with tears streaming down.
헐 (heol) is similar to saying OMG in English and is used in Korean text slang when you want to show your surprise or shock about something.
ㅁㄹ is text slang for “I don’t know”, which comes from the word 몰라 [mol-la]. Learn more ways to say “I don’t know.” in Korean.
ㅍㅎㅎ is short for 푸하하 [pu-ha-ha] and is way to express laughter and show you found something funny. Compared to ㅋㅋㅋ and ㅎㅎㅎ, ㅍㅎㅎ is stronger and more like you are bursting out laughing.
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Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoy texting with your Korean friends these cute Korean text slang words. Before you go, be sure to check out our free Korean vocabulary lessons and lessons on Korean phrases to learn more common Korean words and expressions.