Korea is the land of mobile phones. Everyone has one. There are 45.6 million mobile phone subscribers in a country with a population of 48.6 million.
And of course their Korean emoticons and quick chat language is evolving daily. So any foreigner new to Korea will need to start understanding the secret codes of chatting emotion to properly communicate with their Korean friends.
Here is a simple guide to help:
First are Letters that represent an emotion or thought. Note that these are not the full form of the actual Korean word:
ㅇㅋ = OK
ㄳㄳ = Thanks
ㅇㅇ = Yes,but I don’t care
ㅎㅇ = Hi
ㅂㅇ = Bye
낼 = Tomorrow
올만이네 = Long time no see.
짱나 = Expression you use when something or someone is annoying
글쿠나/글쿤 = Ah, I see!
걍 = Just
어케 = How
방가 = Nice to meet you
ㅅㅂ씨발 = A very bad Korea word. Similar to the F-word.
Next are simply emoticons:
^^ or ^-^ or ^0^ = Happy
^——-^ = Big Smile
ㅠㅠ or ㅠ_ㅠ or ㅜ.ㅜ or ㅠ0ㅠ = crying
^^;; or -_-; = Embarrassed or nervous
; = sweat
-0- = Tired
~.^ = wink
-_- = I don’t like what you say
-_ㅔ = you are a sad person, also you have long hair
OTL = OMG, I failed, I made a big mistake. The shape of OTL looks like someone on their knees bending over.
▶◀ = someone is dead
@.@ = someone is confused
-_-凸 or -_-ㅗ= Fuck you
~ Used at the end of a conversation as a friendly sign off or to extend the sound. For example: “good bye~”