IDOLS SERIES

Welcome to the world of KPop.

Though the characters in these stories may appear in other books, each book is a standalone story.

Some Terms to get familiar with

Please note that I am Korean and do not speak Korean. These words are the romanization version of the Korean words, they are often used in Korean dramas and by K-pop idols. The definition and use of these words are very simplified to enhance the reader's experience.

OPPA

Literal meaning: “older brother”
Used to call a male friend or a male sibling who’s older than you (as a female).


SOURSE: KoreanClass101

HYUNG

Literal meaning: “older brother”

Used to call a male friend or a male sibling who’s older than you (as a male).

SOURSE: KoreanClass101

SUNBAE/SUNBAENIM

Literal meaning: “senior"
Used by students to address an older student. It is used in work environment as well for addressing a senior coworker instead of their title as a junior/younger/newer employee.

 

SOURSE: KoreanClass101

MAKNAE

Maknae refers to the youngest member of a group of people. It can be used in any kind of group, such as a group of friends, a family, and K-pop groups. 

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NOONA

Literal meaning: “older sister"

Used to call a female friend or a female sibling who’s older than you (as a male).

SOURSE: KoreanClass101

UNNIE

Literal meaning: “older sister”
Used to call a female friend or a female sibling who’s older than you
(as a female).

SOURSE: KoreanClass101

HOOBAE

Literal meaning: “junior”
Used by students to address a younger student. It is used in work environment as well for addressing a junior coworker instead of their title as a senior/older/veteran
 employee.

SOURSE: KoreanClass101

"I love you"

saranghae – Informal way of saying “I love you”
saranghaeyo – Standard way of saying “I love you”
saranghamnida – Formal way of saying “I love you”

SOURSE: 90DayKorean