KakaoTalk Emoticon Translation: Edgy Worm (Korean to English)

쟤 왜저래

Literally: Why is he like that

Also: What’s with him?

Pronouns aren’t really used in Korean, but 쟤 functions as he/she.

You may know ‘왜 그래’ like ‘what’s up with you’ or ‘why are you being like this’. This is the same thing. 왜 means ‘why’, and 저래 is like 그래. I was not given a more detailed explanation of that word.

난 반대야

I’m the opposite

난 is the informal 나, meaning ‘I’ and the topic particle ㄴ/은.

반대 means ‘opposite’. It can be used to say you have the opposite opinion, or it can be used to say something is in the opposite direction, the same as English. The -야 at the end of 반대 is the informal conjugation of -이다, meaning ‘to be’.


It’s bad / not good

별로 is normally seen as ‘not really’, when used with a negative conjugation. Like ‘그것 별로 안해요’, meaning ‘I don’t really do that’. However in certain contexts it can just mean ‘bad’. Like in this one.

-야 is the informal conjugation of 이다, ‘to be’.

This one was odd to me, so I ran it by a native before posting!

관심 없다

Not interested

A simple one! 관심 is ‘interest’. 없다 is the dictionary form meaning ‘to not have’. So literally this is ‘I don’t have interest’. But naturally it is ‘I’m not interested’.

in context usage

(Don’t worry…it’s a friend ~)



응 아니야

Yeah, no

응 is the casual form of 네, only used informally! 아니야 is a combination of the stem of 아니다 (meaning, essentially, ‘no’) and the casual conjugation of 이다 (to be). This could be translated to ‘yeah, no’ or ‘yeah it’s not’.

~ Hannah

Published by Hannah & Shelbi

We are just 2 students who wish to share the love and joy of learning language through lesson posts and translations! We are doing this for fun, based on our experience and questions we ask native speakers. We are not fluent! Just passionate  ~ Hannah, Shelbi, and Jordan

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