These are ten of my favorite Korean and Japanese emoticons.

1(^_^) Laughing

2 (>_< )> Troubled

3 (^_^;) Troubled

4 (ToT) Crying

5  m(_ _)m            Apologizing

6 (^^ゞ or (^^;)   Shy

7 ( ̄ー ̄)         Grinning

8 (≧∇≦)/ Joyful

9 ( ̄□ ̄;) Surprised

10 (#^.^#) Shy

And a few more….

< ‘)++++< : a fish bone
v(^_^)v : victory
—E : a fork
Vm~ : a fox
>(/////)< : a piece of candy


In South Korea, emoticons using hangul letters are becoming popular.

ㅇㅅㅇ ; ㅇㅂㅇ ; (-ㅅ-) ; ( ‘ㅅ’) ; ( “ㅅ”)
crying faces         ㅜ_ㅜ ㅠ_ㅠ
scratching one’s head    -ㅅ-a

hmmm, i think these are cute~
ㅡㅂㅡ ; (//ㅅ//) ; ㅇㅁㅇ ; ^ㅂ^ ; ㅠㅅㅠ

Emoticon(s) Meaning
*____* Smiling face
^^ Happy eyes
ㅡ_ㅡ/ >_< )> / ^_^;) Troubled
ㅜㅜ /  ㅠㅠ /뉴뉴 / Tears / Crying [similar to T-T]
.\/. Angry eyes
OTL Shape of a person fallen on the floor in representation of a failure or mistake. Another variation is orz
i.e., “I forgot my homework OTL” (O – head, T – torso and arms, L – legs)

  • 요TL is someone in a similar position throwing up
▶◀ Used for when someone died (represents black ribbon used in funeral)
-ㅅ-a Scratching one’s head
‘ㅅ’b Thumbs up
‘ㅅ’ㅗㅗ The middle finger
@.@ – Confusion
 ; The semicolon is supposed to represent sweat and used to indicate embarrassment and disappointment. The more semicolons the more one is indicating they are embarrassed. Example ^^;;, 말도 안 되는 소리 하지 마;;;
ㅋ.ㅋ  ?
ㅃ.ㅃ  ?
ㅎ.ㅎ  ?
~ Used to make a statement more friendly, especially at the end of conversation. imagine over-extended sound at the end. For example 안녕~~ would be like saying anyoungggg. The more ~’s there are the longer that sound extends.

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