What Does Oppa, Unnie, Hyung, Noona Mean in Korean Language?

What Does Oppa, Unnie, Hyung, Noona Mean in Korean Language?? We hear this a lot especially in Korean Drama or if you live in Korea, where the girls talk to a guy by calling him Oppa, or the opposite by calling her Unnie. But what does it really means? In this article we will cover all this question related for you to know more about korean language and understand as you hear this in your daily korean drama lifestyle.

However, first you need to know that age in korea is really big. The way you speak with same age person, younger and older is different, that’s why you will know there is a formal, informal and kind of slang in korean language. Same with these calling, it’s depends on ages.

When you know someone’s age, then you must follow on korea’s hierarchy respect culture. That’s why it’s really important to ask their age maybe at first or early meeting so that you can act, speak and listen accordingly.

However, this time we will talk about Oppa, Unnie, Hyung, Noona and bonus about Dongsaeng. Let’s dive right to it.

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What Does Oppa Mean in Korean?

Since Korean culture is heavily influenced by Confucianism (adopted from China), being older, even by 1 year, automatically means they need to call you accordingly as i said earlier, as you are now older than her. Except, of course if you refuse and keep asking them to just call you by name or other nickname.

Oppa 오빠 in Korean Language means older brother, used by younger females.
Oppa is used only by younger females to call to older male friend.or lovers. So when you saw Oppa in Korean drama, it’s actually means the guy is older than her, and he might even be her lover. Oppa is a respectful way to call to an older male either it’s a friend or lover, both are totally fine. However, if you are a male, you can’t call another older male by oppa, it’s totally disgusting even to imagine it. You will call him by another words that we will cover below.

What Does Unnie Mean in Korean?

Unnie 언니 in Korean Language means older sister, used by younger females.
Unnie is used only by younger females to call to another older females, no matter her standpoint, she might be her friends or even her siblings. So when you saw or heard Unnie 
in Korean drama, it’s actually means the women is older than her. Unnie is a respectful way to call to an older female either it’s a friend or sibling, both are totally fine. However, if you are a male, you can’t call an older female by unnie, it’s totally makes you looks like  a gay. You will call him by another words that we will cover below. Unnie is exclusively for younger woman to call another older woman.

What Does Noona Mean in Korean?

Noona 누나 in Korean Language means older sister, used by younger Males.
Noona is used only by younger males to call to older female friend. You can’t use this to call your lover, it’s totally inappropriate, you makes her looks and feels old, eventhough it might be true according to ages and appearance. However, you can only call someone Noona, if she is your older female friend or someone you respect that’s older than you.

So when you saw Noona in Korean drama, it’s actually means the female is older than he, and he is younger than her. Noona is a respectful way to call to an older female either it’s a friend or mentor, both are totally fine. However, if you are a female, you can’t call another older female by oppa, you need to call her Unnie, as I mention earlier. Noona is only for younger male calling to older female.

What Does Hyung Mean in Korean?

Hyung 형 in Korean Language means older brother, used by younger Males.
Hyung is used only by younger males to call to another older male friend.or mentor. So when you saw Hyung in Korean drama, or even running man, it’s actually means the guy he called to is older than him. Hyung is a respectful way to call to an older male either it’s a friend or someone you respect like mentor or role model, both are totally fine. However, if you are a female, you can’t call older male by hyung, you need to call him oppa as i mentioned earlier. Hyung is exclusively for young male to call to another older male.

What Does Dongsaeng Mean in Korean?

Dongsaeng 동생 in Korean Language means little (sister or brother).
If you want to say little sister, then you need to add 여 (yeo) before the Dongsaeng, become Yeo Dongsaeng 
동생.
and if you want to say little brother, then you need to add 남 (nam) before the Dongsaeng, become Nam Dongsaeng 동생.

In the context or little sister and brother, the only word you need to remember is the word nam   and yeo 여, as it will determine the gender of the person you are calling to, but dongsaeng word by itself is just showing that the other person’s age is under you.

So this is all for today’s article, hope you enjoyed it, anyway if you want to know the facts, myth and history of Korean language, make sure to check it here as i wrote about all of korean language facts and history.

How do you think about korea language? do you now understand the difference between Oppa, Hyung, Noona and Unnie in Korean? Tell us in the comment sections below.

What Does Oppa, Unnie, Hyung, Noona Mean in Korean Language?

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