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