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kpopandkimchi
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That's Weird: Korean Shorteners
Korean is a really fun language to play around with once you know the basics, but it can also make it really hard for beginners to read!
I used to talk to a Korean friend of mine when I was just starting out and because of the "cute" spelling he'd use, I couldn't really understand him. SO FRUSTRATING.
Below are a few words that you might not recognize at first glance, but are actually words you know, just spelled funny!

Behold, Korean shorteners:

다음 = 담

(dah-eum = dahm)
다음 means next, but often in writing (informally!) people just write 담 :)

조금 = 좀

(joh-geum = johm)
조금 means a little, but often in writing (and occasionally speaking) people say 좀. Like "김치 좀 더 주세요" (Please give me a little more kimchi)

내일 = 낼

(nae-il = nael)
내일 means tomorrow, but in writing (usually just informal texting) people write 낼 like "낼봐!" (see you tomorrow!)

남자친구 = 남친

(nam-ja-chin-gu = nam-chin)
남자친구 means boyfriend but people in speaking and writing often say 남친 for short!
For girlfriend it would be 여자친구 = 여친

Can you think of weird things like this we do in English?

Can you think of any others in Korean?

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Hmm! 남친 / 여친 (boyfriend / girlfriend) 남사친 ( just friend) 꿀잼 ( honey) 누잼 ( not interesting) 더럽개 (badly)
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I've seen some of those and been so confuseeddd
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Ah, I didn't know that 낼 was a shortener! Good to know ^^
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This is super helpful! idk any in english though sadly ㅜ-ㅜ
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yes!!!
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