Common Korean Words and Phrases from K-dramas
For language learners, the easiest way to familiarize themselves with the language is through imitation. Mimicking how a native speaker enunciates or delivers a line helps understand the context of the words or phrases spoken. This is important in the Korean language because it relies heavily on context. So, if you are interested in learning Korean, learning these common Korean drama phrases and words are helpful, especially when you binge-watch Korean dramas and movies. You’re entertained while learning at the same time. Here is a list of Korean to English translations of common words and phrases from K-dramas that you can use!
가지마 / 가지마세요
Gajima / Gajima Seyo
Don’t go / Please don’t go
You’ve heard this in almost every K-drama you’ve seen so far. One classic example is a tear jerking scene from Hometown Cha-cha-cha, when Hong Du-Sik (Kim Seonho) said those words to Yoon Hye-Jin (Shin Min-a). As the main lead is left behind, he or she exclaims, “가지마!” Gajima is considered a casual form of the more formal one, gajimaseyo. If you are speaking to a friend, you can use gajima. However, if you want a more polite way of saying “don’t go,” gajimaseyo is the word.
I love you
Of course, the famous “saranghae.” You’ve heard Ji Eun-Tak say this multiple times to Gong Yoo’s character Kim Shin throughout the Goblin series. You can say this in different ways as well. Saranghae is the casual way of saying it, while saranghaeyo is the more polite way. If you want to say it formally, you should use 사랑합니다 or saranghamnida. For instance, if you’re going to say I love you to your partner, you can use saranghae to show intimacy and closeness.