Today, I will introduce more about Konglish expressions which is commonly used in daily life, following the What is Konglish?-Season1.
If you remember the words in season 1 and 2, you are knowing a big part of the Konglish what Korean frequently use.:)
1. Hand phone
It is same as “cellular phone or mobile phone” in English. Even after the smartphone is widely used, many Korean still use “Hand phone” word instead of “Smart phone”.
2. Selca(Self Camera)
This is same meaning as “Selfie”. Today, taking pictures with selfie stick(it is called “Selca bong’ in Korea) has been more popular than ever. 🙂
3. Di-Ca: This is the abbreviation of the word “Digital Camera” and it is same as “Digicam”.
4. Concent: It is “electrical outlet”.
FYI, 220V is used in Korea.
5. Remocon: It is “remote control”or “remote”. This word is commonly used for TV, air conditional’s remote control.
6. Air con: This is the abbreviation word of “air conditioner”.
Konglish which came from Japan
: From early 20th century many English vocabulary came from Japan to Korea. Accordingly, there are quite lots of Korean words which has Japanese pronunciation and Japanese expression.
1. Autobi(auto+bicycle): The compound word “Autobi” is formed from the words auto and bicycle in Japan, and after this word came to Korea. It means “Motorcycle” in English.
This is the most common design of the motorcycle what you can easily see in Korea. Because food delivery culture is popular in Korea that this motorcycle is often used to deliver.
2. Y shirt
Y shirt is a same meaning as “shirts” or “dress shirts”. This word came from Japan and it is an abbreviation for ‘white shirts’.
3. Handle: It is the ‘steering wheel’ and it came from Japanese word “Handoru”.
4. Missing: This is “Sewing machine” in English. The origin of this word came from “Sewing machine” which pronounced the “machine” in Japanese style except the first part of word(Sewing), and the pronunciation is like “missing”.
1. Burberry: It is “Overcoat or trench coat” in English and “Burberry” word came from the British’s Burberry company name. Burberry is still the cool fashion in Korea that many people wear in spring and in fall.
2. One-piece: It does not mean ‘be safe’ in Konglish.:) This is same meaning as ‘dress’ in English.
One-piece means the clothes which in top and in the bottom are in one. If these are separate in top and the pants or the skirt, it is called “Two-pieces” in Korea.
3. Panty stockings: It means “pantyhose” or “tights”.
1. Running machine: It is “Treadmill”. I assume if you say treadmill to Korean, many people don’t know this word.
2. Accessory: Korean pronounce as “ac-ce-ssa-ri” that English came in Korea for little wrong pronunciation. Generally used as jewelry and product for women’s hair which you can see in below picture. However, it is also widely used for accessory of phone, computer, bicycle, car…etc.
3. Morning call: It is “wake-up call” in English. This usually means the call from hotel or motel in the right time. However also widely used for the common wake-up-call with cellphone, clock which the person made.
Thanks for reading.:)