Korean emoticons can make chatting and texting with your Korean friends a lot more fun and genuine. Also called Korean smileys, they are similar to other East Asian emoticons, with the exception that Korean emoticons use Hangul letters like ㅂ, ㅇ, and ㅅ.
Below you can find Korean emoticons list with translations.
The cute picture emoticons, also known as stickers, all belong to Daum and come from now defunct app MyPeople which Daum deprecated when they merged with Kakao. Now most Korean people use free Korean app KakaoTalk.
Copy-paste list of Korean text emoticons (such as this one ㅠ.ㅠ) as well as their meaning is at the bottom of this post. I collected them from various Korean chatting apps as well as Kimchi Man‘s experience. He was also kind enough to translate and give explanations for them.
Korean picture emoticons:
|사랑해||I love you (Korean)|
|알라뷰||I love you (Konglish)|
|보고파||I miss you (said in a cute way)|
|뽀뽀 해줘~||Kiss meee|
|난 너의 노예||I’m your
|넌 나의 노예||You’re my
|따랑해||I love you (said in a cute way)|
|우리 왕자님||My prince|
|우리 공주님||My princess|
|좋은 하루~||Good daaay|
|긋모닝||Good morning (Konglish)|
|완전 이뻐||Totally pretty|
|초쿌릿 주세용||Give me a chocolate (said in a cute way)|
|이쁜짓||(Reaction to someone doing cute stuff)|
|나 이거 사줘||Buy me that|
Thanking and apologizing emoticons
|화풀어||Take it easy. Don’t be mad.|
|미안 미안||Sorry, sorry.|
|너의 죄를 사하노라||I forgive
|쌩유||Thank you (Konglish)|
Laughing and crying emoticons
|엄마야||Mommy (when you get scared)|
|ㅇㅇ||Yes. (Short for 응)|
(Lit. fighting; Konglish)
|토닥 토닥||There there
|참 잘했어요||Good work! (school stamp)|
Complaining and angry emoticons
Common Korean expressions emoticons
|어디야?||Where are you?|
|뭐하삼?||What are you doing?|
|놀아줘~||(Please) Hang out with me|
|영화한판 고고!||Let’s watch a movie!|
don’t want to.
heck is that?
Korean text emoticons
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Korean text emoticons are usually standing upright, unlike their western counterparts which lie on their sides. They are usually more complex and use larger number of special characters.
In a very interesting book I am reading right now “The Routledge Course in Korean Translation” there is an explanation of some subtle differences between Korean and Western emoticons. For example, even though both ^^ and :) show a smiling face, Korean version has a subtle nuance of “please understand”. In the same way ㅠ.ㅠ and :_( both represent a crying face but Korean version is also a bit apologetic.
Most importantly, the focus of expression in Koreans emotions is on the eyes rather than the mouth. To see this, compare Korean emoticon for smiley face on the left with the Western emoticon on the right
|character used for the eyes||^||:|
|character used for the mouth||_||)|
Also, Hangul letters are often used.
Korean text emoticons list:
|ㅇ, ㅎ, ㅍ, ㅡ||Eyes (Hangul).||ㅎ_ㅎ||(ㅇ_ㅇ)||ㅡ_ㅡ||ㅎ.ㅎ|
|ㅠ, ㅜ||Crying eyes (Hangul).||ㅠ.ㅠ||ㅠ_ㅠ||ㅠㅠ||ㅜㅜ|
|ㅂ,ㅁ,ㅅ,ㅇ||Nose or mouth (Hangul).||^ㅂ^||ㅡㅅㅡ||^ㅇ^|
|;||Drops of sweat. Embarrassed, awkward, nervous.||^^;||(^_^;;;)|
|ㅋ or ㅎ||Imitatating sound of laughter (Hangul). The more of them you string in a row, the more you are laughing.||ㅋㅋㅋ||크크||ㅎㅎㅎ||히히|
|ㅎㄷㄷ||Shaking with fear. Short for 후덜덜.|
|~||Adding this symbol, called tilde, means you are stretching out your speech. It makes what you are saying nicer or cuter.|
Note: Select Hangul character and press right CTRL.
|(•¯ ∀ ¯•)||⊙∑⊙||@( ∙ • ∙ )@|
To use these you will need to set up Korean keyboard on your device, and I recommend you learn touch typing Korean, that is typing using all ten fingers without looking at keyboard. It’s much easier than it sounds.
The combinations you can create are endless now that you know the basic elements that make up Korean emoticons. As other Asian emoticons Korean ones are really cute, don’t you think?
See more in this series of posts:
|Long distance relationship advice||How to send mail to Korea|
|Free text and call Korean apps|