Hello! Welcome back to our “Learning K-Pop Slang in 1-minute” episode 9!
Usually people would say “Don’t think too much, relax!”, “take it easy!” when seeing friends in a nervous and annoying mood. But how to explain that in Korean? Don’t worry, today HKKK will teach you the new buzzword – 복세편살!
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Direct translation of “복세편살” :
‘복’ = Abbreviation of복잡한 ( complicated)
‘세’ = Abbreviation of세상 (In this world)
‘편’ = Abbreviation of편하게 (comfortably/simply)
‘살’ = Abbreviation of살자 (live)
So the whole sentence means “Let’s live a simple life in this complicated world!” Click the video and check out how to use this K-pop slang in a daily conversation!
”복세편살 해라” (Take it easy!)
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Let’s see more examples of this K-pop slang.
Scenario (1): When nervous about the exam result
Image by TvN, 나의 아저씨
A: This exam result may not be as good as I expected…
(이번에 시험 잘 못 볼 것 같아..)
B: Why? You had prepared for long time~
(왜?그동안 준비 많이 했잖아~)
A: Yes, but still so nervous.
(그렇긴한데, 그래도 좀 긴장돼.)
B: Take is easy, your result will be fine!
(이럴때일수록 복세편살.. 잘 될거야!)
Scenario (2): When ordering food in a restaurant
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A: What should I do… wanna take fried chicken, pizza and spaghetti as well..
（어떻게하지.. 치킨도 먹고 싶고 피자도 먹고싶고…스파게티도 먹고싶은데..）
B: Ah! Two of us can finish all?
（헉 우리 둘이서 그렇게 많이 먹을 수 있어?）
A: That’s why I am struggling now.. Just order fried chicken? Or pizza?
（내가 그래서 고민중이잖아..ㅠㅠ 치킨만 먹을까? 아님 피자? ）
B: Okay! Don’t make it so complicated, take them all!
（야 그냥 복세편살해, 다시켜！）
Scenario (3): When comforting a friend
Image by SBS, 복수가 돌아왔다
A: Why nothing went smooth this year? I have to worry so many things …
（올해는 왜이렇게 되는일이 없지?신경 쓸것도 많고…）
B: When problems can’t be solved and don’t know what to do, tell yourself “It’s because I am cute!”.
（일이 잘 안풀리고 모르겠을때는 ‘역시 내가 귀여운 탓인가‘ 라고 생각해봐.）
That’s all of our K-pop slang class today. Hope you can well understand the meaning of “복세편살” and its usage.
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