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INTRODUCTION
Becky: Some of the Most Common Slang Expressions in Korea
Becky: Hi everyone, and welcome back to KoreanClass101.com. I'm Becky.
Jaehwi: And I'm Jaehwi!
Becky: This is Must-Know Korean Slang Words &Phrases, Season 1, Lesson 1. In this lesson, you'll learn some of the Most Common Slang Expressions in Korea.
Becky: These are the expressions you'll hear around any Korean city as part of daily life.
SLANG EXPRESSIONS
Becky: The expressions you’ll be learning in this lesson are:
Jaehwi: 치맥
Jaehwi: 리즈 시절
Jaehwi: 생얼
Jaehwi: 열공
Becky: Jaehwi, what's our first expression?
Jaehwi: 치맥
Becky: This is a slang expression meaning "fried chicken and beer." It’s an abbreviation of two words…
Jaehwi: 치킨
Becky: “chicken” and…
Jaehwi: 맥주
Becky: “beer.”
Jaehwi: [SLOW] 치맥 [NORMAL] 치맥
Becky: Listeners, please repeat.
Jaehwi: 치맥
[pause - 5 sec.]
Becky: Use this slang expression when referring to fried chicken and beer. Now let's hear an example sentence.
Jaehwi: [NORMAL] 축구 보면서 치맥 먹을까? [SLOW] 축구 보면서 치맥 먹을까?
Becky: "How about watching a soccer game with fried chicken and beer?"
Jaehwi: [NORMAL] 축구 보면서 치맥 먹을까?
Becky: Okay, what's the next expression?
Jaehwi: 리즈 시절
Becky: literally meaning "Time of Leeds." But when it's used as a slang expression, it means "heyday."
Jaehwi: [SLOW] 리즈 시절 [NORMAL] 리즈 시절
Becky: Listeners, please repeat.
Jaehwi: 리즈 시절
[pause - 5 sec.]
Becky: Use this slang expression when referring to one's heyday. This is the time of one’s greatest popularity or success.
Becky: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Jaehwi: [NORMAL] 저 가수도 리즈 시절엔 인기가 굉장했었는데.. [SLOW] 저 가수도 리즈 시절엔 인기가 굉장했었는데..
Becky: "The singer was very popular during his golden age too."
Jaehwi: [NORMAL] 저 가수도 리즈 시절엔 인기가 굉장했었는데..
Becky: Okay, what's our next expression?
Jaehwi: 생얼
Becky: Literally meaning "natural face." But when it's used as a slang expression, it means "face without makeup."
Jaehwi: [SLOW] 생얼 [NORMAL] 생얼
Becky: Listeners, please repeat.
Jaehwi: 생얼
[pause - 5 sec.]
Becky: This slang expression can be used to refer to a person without any makeup on.
Becky: Let's hear an example sentence.
Jaehwi: [NORMAL] 여자 친구 생얼이 진짜 예뻐. [SLOW] 여자 친구 생얼이 진짜 예뻐.
Becky: "My girlfriend looks really pretty without makeup."
Jaehwi: [NORMAL] 여자 친구 생얼이 진짜 예뻐.
Becky: Okay, what's the last expression?
Jaehwi: 열공
Becky: which literally means "studying enthusiastically." But when it's used as a slang expression, it means "studying hard."
Jaehwi: [SLOW] 열공 [NORMAL] 열공
Becky: Listeners, please repeat.
Jaehwi: 열공
[pause - 5 sec.]
Becky: Use this slang expression when describing someone who’s studious.
Becky: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Jaehwi: [NORMAL] 어제 열공하느라 밤샜어. [SLOW] 어제 열공하느라 밤샜어.
Becky: "I stayed up all night to study very hard."
Jaehwi: [NORMAL] 어제 열공하느라 밤샜어.
QUIZ
Becky: Okay listeners, are you ready to be quizzed on the expressions you just learned? I’ll describe four situations, and you’ll choose the right expression to use in your reply. Are you ready?
Becky: You want to talk about your heyday. What word can you use?
Jaehwi: 리즈 시절
Becky: "heyday"
Becky: You want to order fried chicken and beer. Which word can you use to refer to both?
Jaehwi: 치맥
Becky: "fried chicken and beer"
Becky: You’ve studied Korean intensely. Which word can you use?
Jaehwi: 열공
Becky: "studying hard"
Becky: You just saw someone without makeup on. Which word can you use to describe the person?
Jaehwi: 생얼
Becky: "face without makeup”

Outro

Becky: There you have it; you have mastered four Korean Slang Expressions! We have more vocab lists available at KoreanClass101.com so be sure to check them out. Thanks, everyone, and see you next time!
Jaehwi: 안녕히 계세요 (annyeonghi gyeseyo).

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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Hi Listeners! Do you know any other related slang expression? Post them in the comments.

KoreanClass101.com Verified
Tuesday at 10:42 AM
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Hi Tom,


Thanks for posting.

리즈 시절(During the time at 'Leeds'), actually first came about at an online soccer fan cafe. Some fans of Manchester United were discussing a player named Alan Smith, and a few started to mention how great he was when he was playing for Leeds United, and the expression gained popularity. So now, '리즈 시절' refers to a time of greatness/best time of a certain person's life.

Hope this was of help!


Sincerely,

Lyn

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Tom
Thursday at 06:38 PM
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Would anyone happen to know the origin of the phrase "리즈 시절"? ?