“Yeogi Butera” | Basic Korean Terms Every Kpop Fan Should Know

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Hallyu



Annyeong Haesaeyo Chonun MissaDays-ibnida!

For this video please call me Missa-Seonsangnim (선생님) , or Saem(샘)!

Today we will be discussing, Basic Korean terms trainee K-pop fans should know! (If you don’t know what a trainee is it is basically a person that passes an audition to a kpop company and  trains to become an idol until their debut day)

First, we will start at what I feel like is the beginning and that is the “Relationship Terminology”

In the K-pop fandom, we use a lot of Korean terms to show a relationship with our favorite celebrities.

Such as Oppa (오빠) , Unnie (언니) , Hyung (형) , Noona (누나) and Dongsaeng (동생).

So what is Oppa/Unnie and Hyung/Noona?

Oppa (오빠) is literally translated to “Older Brother” it is a term only a younger sister can use when addressing  her brother. However, if you have a close relationship with a male who is older than you then you can call him Oppa. But…but…there is a difference when you go about calling a guy who is not related to you “Oppa”.

For example you have “KwangHee Oppa”, he is the funny idol oppa who you support all the time and always makes you laugh.

and then you have….T.O.P Oppa, who is the really cool and nice to stare at oppa that you may fan-tasize about daily

A term that is like Oppa but used by a boy is Noona. Noona is translated as older sister and is a term only a younger male uses to address his older sister. Again, if you are a male and have an older friend who is close with you, then you can call her Noona. Also just like Oppa you have your two different types of noonas.

You have your chill and cool Noona like Amber and then you have Hyuna Noona who rips out the hearts of young men.

There are other terms that fans use to address their idol. Such as Hyung (형) and Unnie (언니) .

Unnie (언니)  is translated to “Older Sister” and is used to address an older sister by a younger sister. You can also use this term with a close female friend who is older than you.

So my favorite girl idol is Amber from f(x) so I would call her Unnie if I ever met her in real life so she knows that I  consider her as my sister or someone I look up too because she is older than me,

Hyung (형) , is a term used by a younger male to address his older brother. However, if a male has an older guy friend that he is close with he will address him as hyung.

So if I was a male and I was meeting Seo Kang Joon, and I was younger than him and I look up to him, I would address him as hyung to show him that he is someone I consider to be close with because I am his fan.

Now if you are a younger fan. you may be addressed as “Dongsang” which translates to younger sibling and can be used for male and female. And if your like me and you enter a K-pop groupchat and everyone finds out your the youngest you will be called “maknae (막내)” which means youngest member in a K-pop group.

Now that we have relationship terms out of the way let’s talk about idols!

What is an idol?

Idol is a term used for a celebrity. This is only commonly used in the K-Pop world. And is usually used to address a singer.

What is a Bias?

Your Bias is someone that you favor more than the other members or any other K-pop idol.

and Bias Group?

Is your all time favorite k-pop group that you never see yourself leaving.

What is Ultimate Bias?

Your Ultimate Bias is basically your first love. They are someone you will never get over. When you close your eyes you think of them. When you sleep, you dream of them. No one else compares to your ultimate bias….even if they ignore you……they will always be #1.

Now…what is a Bias Wrecker?

Okay…this particular bias is basically evil. They will try to do anything for you to change your mind, or make them your new ultimate bias. They will destroy your feels day by day until you give in.

Why do K-Pop fans call themselves Potatoes? and what is a Saesang Fan (사생팬)?

Some K-pop fans consider themselves to be ugly when they compare themselves to their idol so they gave themselves the name “Potatoe” because we all know compared to Ren we are potatos.

Saesang Fan(사생팬) is basically a stalker fan that does pretty extreme stunts in order to get to their bias.

In my opinion the fandom with the most saesang fans would be EXO and BTS.

Why do Kpop Fans always say “Aigoo (아이구)” and “Yogei Butera (여기 붙어라) “?

Aigoo (아이구)  is a word used to express disbelief, shock, suffering, and is similar to OMG

I mainly use this term when I see Jackson do something weird and I am embarrassed to be his fan.

Yogei Butera (여기 붙어라)  comes from the song “Fantastic Baby by Big Bang” and means “Come Together” Usually when said someone will respond with “modu moyera (모두모여라)” which means “Everyone Gather Here”.


*Note: It is said if you yell “Yogei Butera” in public and someone responds with “Modu Moyera” you have found your Kpop Soul Mate

Okay Class! You have been through your first lesson of being a K-Pop Fan Trainee!

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See you soon Chingu!

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