Korean Drama Vocab

A couple of unfamiliar words you may come across:

Makjang: a drama where ridiculous things happen all the time. Ex: Heroine is pregnant with  another man’s baby. Her boyfriend is jealous until he finds out that he is actually her brother. Before he gets to tell her that he is her brother, he will get amnesia. Heroine will give up her baby for adoption and change her name and move to some country town where she will later meet her brother again. He will discover that they were never really siblings in the first place, and they will fall in love all over again. Too bad they will both die of a terminal disease the week before their wedding. Later, we’ll find out that it actually wasn’t a disease, but the heroine’s child who is all grown-up now. He  poisoned them both for thinking they abandoned him as a child. The end.

Sageuk: a drama based on history. Expect a lot of betrayal, magical maids who can see the future, and screaming old men who yell “CHEOOONNNAAAA!!!!”  every five minutes. (Cheona means “king.”)

Oppa: what a younger girl calls an older guy (brother, friend, boyfriend, etc.)

Unni: what a younger girl calls and older girl (can be a sister, friend, etc.)

Hyung: what a younger guy calls an older guy (brother, friend, etc.)

Noona: what a younger guy calls an older girl (sister, friend, etc.)

Ahjumma:  used to address an older woman (friend or stranger)

Ahjusshi: used to address an older man (friend or stranger)

Dongsaeng: younger sibling or friend

Chaebol: the son of a rich family who usually owns some type of business or conglomerate. He is often portrayed as an arrogant cow in dramas but somehow still manages to get the girl 99% of the time.

Hoobae: classmate or colleague

Sunbae: a senior in work or school

Yeobo: honey (typically between a married couple)

Banmal: informal language (only used between close friend or relatives; an older person may use Banmal with a younger person)

Joendaemal: formal language

OTP: one true pairing

 

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